U.S. nationals: Student Trainee (Hydrology)

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Various, NV, 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.

There are two vacancies; one will be filled in Carson City, Nevada and one will be filled in Henderson, Nevada ; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies if they become available.

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The USGS Nevada Water Science Center is seeking undergraduate students working towards a degree in Physical or Natural Science, or Geology to gain practical experience in data visualization, programming, and GIS.  

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 data collection and analysis.

Duties include: 

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

-Develop hydrologic and precipitation data for current projects.

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

Working Conditions:

Field work is physically demanding and includes walking, bending, climbing, and lifting of equipment up to 100 pounds. Field work may involve exposure to rain, hot/cold weather and rapidly running or icy streams and rivers.