U.S. nationals: Student Trainee (Hydrology)

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Lincoln, NE, 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: $27,800 (Step 01) to $36,138 (Step 10); NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

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The USGS Nebraska Water Science Center is seeking an undergraduate and graduate level students working towards a degree in geology, environmental science, engineering, physical science, or biology 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: 

Gathering basic hydrologic data concerning any one or a combination of four areas, i.e., quantity, quality, availability, and movement and distribution of water;

Developing hydrologic and precipitation data for current projects;

Collecting and processing data to be used in computing stream discharge, determining ground water availability or calculating sediment, chemical, or biological concentrations and physical characteristics.

Incumbent receives supplemental training as follows: combined office, classroom and home study of textbooks, publications and office manuals covering theory, methods, instrumentation and equipment under the tutelage of either a training officer or other qualified professional hydrologists. This supplemental training is designed to amplify and expedite progress in both college studies and on-the-job training.

Physical Demands:

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.  Work performed in the office is sedentary.

Work Environment:

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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