U.S. nationals: Hydrologist

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Portland, OR, US


What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

Salary for GS-11: $68,309 (Step 01) to $88,801 (Step 10);

Salary for GS-12: $81,875 (Step 01) to $106,442 (Step 10);

NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

There is one vacancy; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies if they become available.

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As a Water Quality Hydrologist within the Oregon Water Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Serves as a project leader or member of an interdisciplinary team to plan, direct, and carry out complex scientific studies or significant portions of very large studies.
  • Develops investigative project proposals and develops work plans and protocols. This includes developing the overall nature, scope, and approach for water-resources investigations by evaluating and determining alternative approaches, data-collection methods, and analytical procedures used.
  • Serves as consultant and advisor to supervisors and other scientists on matters pertaining to specialized knowledge, and assists in training inexperienced personnel in areas of expertise including techniques of data collection and analysis. 
  • Writes authoritative interpretive technical articles and reports that document the objectives, cope, approach, results, and conclusions of water-resource investigations or selected elements of such investigations.
  • Attends, leads, and participates in meetings with cooperators, government agencies, private and professional organizations, and the general public to coordinate water-resource activities.
  • Operates a government vehicle as an incidental driver.

Physical Demands:

Work assignments normally involve 90 percent office and 10 percent field effort. Office assignments are generally sedentary. Occasional physical activities required in field assignments, including walking, bending, stooping, and carrying stream gaging and chemical and biological sampling equipment. Field work may require lifting fairly heavy objects and wading in streams in all types of weather. 

Work Environment:

Office assignments normally involve every day risk or discomforts that are typical of office meeting and training rooms, libraries, and residences or commercial vehicles. Work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. Field work may expose employee to potentially dangerous situations and exposure to moderate discomfort from such extremes as heat, cold, and inclement weather, particularly on flood trips during severe storms.




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