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.


  • GS-02: $12.21 per hour (Step 01) to $17.16 per hour (Step 10)
  • GS-03: $13.32 per hour (Step 01) to $19.34 per hour (Step 10)

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

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The USGS NEW ENGLAND WATER SCIENCE CENTER is seeking associate, undergraduate, graduate level student working towards a degree in Engineering, Water Resources, Hydrology, and Geology to gain practical experience in collecting scientific data; water-quality sampling; surface and borehole geophysics; and satellite telemetry.  

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: 

  • Gathering hydrologic data concerning quantity, quality, availability, movement, and distribution of water.
  • Developing hydrologic and precipitation data for scientific projects.
  • Collecting and processing data, computing stream discharge, and determining ground-water availability.
  • Calculating sediment, chemical, or biological concentrations and physical characteristics of ground/surface-water.
  • Operating and maintaining hydrologic instrumentation and equipment.
  • Operating a government motor vehicle as an incidental driver.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: 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. The work is physically demanding and includes walking, bending, climbing, and lifting of equipment up to 100 pounds, sometimes during adverse weather conditions. The employee typically wears life jackets, special safety boots, waders, and reflective rain gear.




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