U.S. nationals: Hydrologic Technician

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Northborough, MA, United States
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Salary GS-05: $36,899 (Step 01) to $47,971 (Step 10);

Salary GS-06: $41,130 (Step 01) to $53,464 (Step 10);

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As a Hydrologic Technician within the USGS New England Water Science Center, some of your specific duties will include: 

  • Make stream discharge measurements using various techniques, equipment, and protocols that will aide in the development and refinement of ratings and shifts.
  • Operate and maintain gaging equipment and electronic recorders and sensors, keeping detailed notes and site sketches that will aide in the computations of surface water records.
  • Establish and maintain altitude measuring points and complete assigned work within established deadlines.
  • Effectively interact and communicate with colleagues and the public in a positive oral and written manner.
  • Use a computer to execute data entry processes, review real-time data via World Wide Web, and communicate with electronic data loggers, sensors, and field equipment. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work regularly involves moderate risks or discomforts associated with visiting field sites with limited access, under adverse weather or flooding conditions, or exposure to irritant or toxic chemicals. Requires considerable dexterity, agility, and strenuous physical exertion such as needed to: climb, or work from, tall ladders or scaffolding; work in areas where footing is treacherous such as on slippery river banks, in steep or rocky terrain, and in fast-moving water; lift heavy objects weighing over 50 lbs; crouch or crawl in constricted areas. Work may require the use of special clothing and gear such as masks, coats, boots, goggles, respirators, and life jackets.