U.S. nationals: Student Trainee (Hydrology)

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Portland, OR, 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-05: $17.85 (Step 01) to $23.21 (Step 10);

GS-06: $19.90 (Step 01) to $25.87(Step 10);

GS-07: $22.12 (Step 01) to $28.75 (Step 10);

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

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The USGS Oregon Water Science Center is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student working towards a degree in hydrology or a closely related discipline to gain practical experience in data collection and analysis.

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 hydrology.

Duties include: 

  • Collecting hydrologic data using a variety of methods and equipment.
  • Collecting, computing, and compiling hydrologic data.
  • Operating, maintaining, and servicing hydrologic recording and measuring instruments.
  • Entering, retrieving, and manipulating hydrologic data maintained in various databases.
  • Analyzing water samples.
  • Operating a government vehicle as an incidental driver.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The work requires some physical exertion such as: long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activity; or recurring lifting of moderately heavy items weighing less than 23 kilograms (under 50 pounds) such as lifting and carrying stream gauging weights, data collection and monitoring devices, or sample trays

The work regularly involves moderate risks or discomforts associated with visiting field sites with limited access, under adverse weather or flooding conditions, or 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.




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