U.S. nationals: Student Trainee (Hydrology)

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Lawrenceville, NJ, 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.

Salary: $17.28 per hour (Step 01) to $22.46 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 Jersey Water Science Center is seeking undergraduate level student working towards a degree in Earth Sciences, Physical Sciences, or Hydrology 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 hydrology.

Duties include: 

  • Gathering basic hydrologic data.
  • Developing hydrologic and precipitation data for current projects.
  • Collecting and processing data to be used in computing stream discharge.

Work environment: The 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. 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 and the employee typically wears life jackets, special safety boots, waders, and reflective rain gear.




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