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Hydrographers measure, analyse and maintain the flow and quality of water in rivers, lakes, stormwater and sewage, and survey and map oceans, seas and rivers.


  • prepares technical documentation and drawings for hydrographic survey solutions
  • performs routine mathematical calculations and computations of measurements for surveying and charting bodies of water
  • checks, calibrates and maintains surveying, sonar, navigational and other hydrography equipment
  • collects surveying data using computer systems, echo sounders, sonar, GPS and other navigation systems
  • conducts fieldwork by collecting water bed samples and aquatic life for laboratory experiments, tests and analyses
  • prepares maps, charts, sketches, diagrams and reports on the currents and compositions of water bodies.


  • requires driving
  • working outdoors.

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