U.S. nationals: Hydrologic Technician

U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Dillon, MT, United States
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Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the seasonal team to serve as a Hydrologic Technician for the Western Montana District Office in Dillon, Montana. Information about the Dillon Area can be found at Dillon Chamber of Commerce.

Housing is not provided for this position.

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Hydrologic Technicians work under the guidance and supervision of a Supervisory Natural Resource Specialist, Assistant Field Manager or Hydrologist. Duties include but are not limited to: performs a variety of assignments involving adjustments to instruments, equipment, and practices, and carrying out data collection, analyses and interpretation including recognizing unusual or unexpected results and providing recommendations to the hydrologist or supervisor. Assists with resource inventory and monitoring, as well as planning and implementation of structural and vegetative projects to conserve, improve or restore riparian, wetland, and mesic systems and/or water quality. Responsible for collection, analysis, and evaluation of surface and ground water quality and quantity data. Work includes interpretation of water resource information, such as application of hydrologic models and prediction of water supply and flow on public land. Gathers data involving the flow and transport of sediment, nutrients, or pollutants in stream channels and ground water. Assess, monitor, and research existing work on nutrients, pollutants, and other components in surface and ground water. Implement mitigation measures or restoration efforts where issues are identified. Inventories and monitors streams, wetlands, and mesic areas. Assist with planning and implementing projects to improve and/or restore these areas. Monitors progress towards objectives on restoration projects. Evaluates data, identifies trends in movement of water and any known contaminants, as well as trends in lotic and lentic system functionality and conditions. Identifies problems and provide feedback on anomalies to supervisor or hydrologist. Analyze flood forecasts for the local area and apply standard flood forecasting procedures to compensate for missing or conflicting measurements. May determine short-term flood risks in areas identified in the land management plans. Applies a variety of hydrologic models for generation of information on stream discharge, high flows, channel behavior, and sedimentation. May calibrate models to account for changes in land use patterns.

Physical Demands/Work Environment: Work may take place in extremely remote environments and may require primitive camping. The work is performed outdoors in rugged terrain; to include very steep, wet, muddy, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; positions require physical exertions, such as, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. Individuals should be capable of working alone, or with other people, during early morning hours, night, or during the day.