Mendocino Forest Products Company, LLC

HRC - Hydrologist, Lead

Job Locations US-CA-Scotia
Job ID 2021-1936


Humboldt Redwood Company, LLC (HRC) located in Scotia, CA was formed in July 2008 through the reorganization of the former Pacific Lumber Company and related entities. Humboldt Redwood consists of forestry as well as lumber manufacturing and distribution operations. Humboldt Redwoods forestry operations include approximately 327 square miles (209,300 acres) of coast redwood and Douglas-fir forestlands. Our forestlands are located about five hours north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Humboldt County, California.  Mendocino Redwood Company, LLC (MRC®) and Humboldt Redwood Company, LLC (HRC™) provide rewarding career opportunities in forestry and wildlife with excellent benefits and opportunity for advancement. 


Humboldt Redwood Company, LLC HRC is currently searching for a Hydrologist to join our Forestry team in Scotia, CA. The primary focus for our Hydrologist is to provide expertise and leadership in the field of forest hydrology relative to understanding watershed trends and effects of forest management on sediment, temperature, and other aspects of water quality and aquatic habitat across 200,000 acres of privately owned and managed forest lands in Humboldt County, CA.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Collect and supervise the collection of scientific data for hydrologic and aquatic sciences projects
  • Perform scientific analysis, especially related to long-term sediment and hydrology trends, and develop and write technical reports documenting data evaluation findings and, where appropriate, recommendations
  • Prepare statistical data evaluations, tables, figures and graphs
  • Develop scientific information in support of the HRC watershed analysis program
  • Support forestry staff with technical expertise in hydrology and aquatic issues
  • Demonstrate strong critical thinking capabilities and a flexible approach to problem solving
  • Coordinate HCP and WQ monitoring and permitting requirements between Forest Science, Roads, and Forestry departments relative to erosion control
  • Assist with restoration projects and related grant proposals
  • Provide direction for fishery and water quality regulatory issues
  • Provide support for HRC in-stream gravel extraction projects
  • Represent HRC with fishery and watershed groups, agencies and individuals
  • Work as a leader and integral part of the HRC team
  • Provide direction and support for HRC water drafting, permitting and monitoring
  • Directly supervise Hydrologist(s) and other staff positions involved in implementing HRC’s Hydrology Monitoring Program and Watershed Analysis related projects in accordance with Company policies and applicable laws
  • Coach employees for attainment of Company and individual goals and objectives in accordance with Company guidelines and performance management system


  • Minimum Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.), Master of Science (M.S.) preferred, in Forest or Watershed Hydrology or related subject from four-year college or university and minimum 2-3 years of work experience in Hydrology or other related field. Minimum of one year of supervisory experience in the hydrology field is desired.
  • Experience with streamflow measurements, turbidimeters, sediment sampling, surveying with total station, and dataloggers required.
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Microsoft Suite, Python programming, database systems, statistical software (including R), and GIS.
  • Effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public.
  • Knowledge of advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations and permutations as well as mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory and factor analysis.
  • Must maintain and carry a valid California driver license and remain eligible and capable of operating company vehicles including automobiles, trucks and 4-wheel drive vehicles in accordance with company policy guidelines.



  • Frequently required to sit, walk, walk on steep, difficult terrain, and in streambeds and occasionally required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and communicate.
  • The employee is frequently required to use a keyboard for extended periods of time while looking at a computer monitor.
  • The employee is regularly exposed to outside adverse weather and field conditions.





Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Accepts feedback from others; Gives appropriate recognition to others.


Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization's strengths & weaknesses; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.


Project Management - Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities.


Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.


Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.


Adaptability & Dependability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events; Follows instructions, responds to leadership direction; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals. Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.


Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.


Oral & Written Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and requests clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings; Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.


Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs workflows and procedures.


Motivation & Initiative - Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions as appropriate; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.




Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.


Planning & Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Develops realistic action plans.


Interpersonal Skills & Professionalism – Treats people with respect; Inspires the trust of others; Ability to proactively resolve conflict; Maintains confidentiality; Remains open to others' ideas; Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.


Visionary Leadership - Displays passion and optimism; Inspires respect and trust; Mobilizes others to fulfill the vision; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates.


Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions; Aligns work with strategic goals.


Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.





Change Management - Develops workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively; Builds commitment and overcomes resistance; Prepares and supports those affected by change; Monitors transition and evaluates results.


Managing People - Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; Takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; Makes self-available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; Solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external); Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products and services. Continually works to improve supervisory skills.


Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.


Delegation - Delegates work assignments; Matches the responsibility to the person; Gives authority to work independently; Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; Provides recognition for results.


Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Conserves organizational resources.


Quantity - Meets productivity standards; completes work in timely manner; strives to increase productivity; works quickly.


Ethics & Organizational Support - Works with integrity and ethically; Follows established policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organizational goals and values; Respects diversity.


Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.


Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; reports potentially unsafe conditions.


Equal Opportunity Employer, Valuing Diversity of our Workforce and Offering a Drug Free Workplace


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