U.S. nationals: Hydrologic Technician

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Various, PA, US


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Salary: $34,916 (Step 01) to $51,082 (Step 10); NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

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As a Hydrologic Technician, with the Pennsylvania Water Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Performs routine surface water measurements of stage and discharge and observes and notes hydraulic or environmental conditions. Computes and checks surface-water records from field data.  Plots discharge measurements and estimates short periods of missing records.
  • Performs routine ground-water-level and discharge measurements from wells and springs, and observes and notes hydraulic or environmental conditions. Computes and checks ground-water records from field data.  Plots water-level measurements.
  • Performs routine field water-quality measurements such as water temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen and alkalinity. Processes samples and performs limited field or lab analyses of sample constituents.  Assembles, evaluates and prepares field and laboratory data for tabulation analysis and subsequent publication.

Work regularly requires considerable dexterity, agility, and strenuous physical exertion such as: climbing or work from tall ladders or scaffolding; work in areas where footing is treacherous ie: slippery river banks, steep or rocky terrain and in fast-moving water; lift heavy objects weighing over 50 lbs, crouch or crawl in constricted areas and defend oneself or others against physical attack.

Work regularly involves moderate risks or discomforts associated with visiting field sites with limited access, under adverse weather or flooding conditions, exposure to irritant or toxic chemicals.  Work may require the use of special clothing or gear such as masks, coats, boots, goggles, respirators or life jackets