U.S. nationals: Supervisory Hydrologist

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Helena, MT, US


What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

This position requires completion of a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.

If selected for this position, you may be required to file one or more financial statements and/or a procurement integrity certification of compliance upon reporting and annually, some of which may be subject to public disclosure.

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As a Supervisory Hydrologist within the Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center, some of your specific duties will include: 

  • As Associate Center Director, will work with and through the Studies Section Chiefs and Center Discipline Specialists to ensure: effective allocation of staff and other resources to accomplish Center, Studies Program, and project objectives, milestones, and deadlines; the technical quality of the projects and products of the Center’s Studies Program through processes for reviewing proposals, project implementation, and products; study proposals are reviewed and approved through the appropriate processes; studies are well described in required databases at initiation and progress and future plans are documented and updated in these databases as often as policy or circumstances require; and progress of studies is monitored through periodic project reviews to ensure studies objectives are met within established timelines and financial constraints.
  • Supervises the Center’s Studies Section Chiefs and other staff as directed by assigning, directing, and reviewing their work; planning, scheduling, and coordinating activities; solving work-related problems; establishing
    priorities; recommending selections to fill vacancies, promotions, awards, work assignments, and training. Develops performance standards, conducts performance appraisals, and provides guidance on methods and
    administrative matters. Ensures equal opportunity in recruiting and selecting candidates to fill vacancies and in selecting subordinates for training, promotions, awards, and career development activities.
  • Serves as the Center’s program lead for science activities in a particular geographic area (e.g. state of Montana) or related to a particular science topic (e.g. unconventional oil and gas development). In this capacity leads the Center’s efforts to develop new science programs in this area or for this topic and coordinates the Center’s activities with potential reimbursable partners (Federal, State, local, and international) as well as with USGS Mission Areas, Regions, and other Science Centers.
  • Serves as a member of the Center’s Senior Staff and acts as the Center Director when the Center Director and Deputy Center Director are unavailable. As a senior scientist, advises the Center Director on science topics within assigned areas of program leadership.

Physical Demands:

Primarily sedentary, with some field work. Occasional physical activities required in field assignments include walking, bending, stooping, and carrying scientific equipment. 

Work Environment:

Work is performed in an office environment, with some travel to attend meetings or review field operations. Office assignments normally involve every day risk of discomforts that are typical of office meeting and training rooms, libraries, and residences or commercial vehicles. Work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. Field work may expose hydrologist to potentially dangerous situations and to moderate discomfort from such extremes as heat, cold, and inclement weather.