U.S. nationals: Student Trainee (Hydrology)

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Various, , US


General Information In order to be eligible to receive consideration for this position, you must be able to: (1) report to the duty station location listed in this vacancy announcement, if selected; and (2) be available to work the schedule identified.

Pay will be determined based on duty location of the position being filled.  During the application process, you may select up to FIVE locations from the list of available locations.

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The USGS Upper Midwest Water Science Center is seeking associate, undergraduate, and graduate level students working towards a degree in engineering, industrial technology, construction drafting, surveying, physical science, biology, or mathematics to gain practical experience in hydrology.

As a Student Trainee (Hydrology) you will serve in a trainee capacity, performing routine and recurring development assignments to acquire knowledge and understanding of functions, principles, practices, and methods used in the area of hydrologic science.

Duties include: 

    • Perform routine measurements of stage and discharge at designated locations.
    • Perform routine water quality field measurements for parameters such as temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen and alkalinity.
    • Collect and process routine samples and performs limited field or lab analyses of samples constituents.
    • Develop hydrologic and precipitation data for projects
    • Operate a government motor vehicle on a regular and reoccurring basis. 

Work is physically demanding and includes walking, bending, climbing, and lifting of equipment up to 100 pounds when in the field, sometimes during adverse weather conditions. Work performed in the office is sedentary.

The work is primarily performed outdoors, and involves moderate or sometimes extreme exposure to the discomforts of rain, cold/hot weather, and rapidly running or icy streams and rivers. Special safety precautions are required in many cases, and the employee typically wears life jackets, special safety boots, waders, and reflective rain gear.




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