U.S. nationals: Student Trainee (Hydrology, several vacancies)

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Sacramento, CA, 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: GS-03 $14.52 (Step 01) to $18.87 (Step 10); GS-04 $16.30 (Step 01) to $21.19 (Step 10);  NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

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The USGS California Water Science Center is seeking high school, associate, undergraduate, graduate level students working towards a degree in Hydrology, Geology, Environmental Sciences, etc. 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 and will receive 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.

Duties include: 

  •  Data entry: Attribute data from well completion reports and county water quality analyses
  •  Operations: Participates in the basic cleaning and preparing of equipment and paperwork for fieldwork.
  •  Water Quality: Gather and process basic ground water quality data.

Work Environment: The work is performed in an office setting that is adequately heated, lighted, and ventilated.  There may be limited field work.  When out in the field, the work requires frequent physical exertion including walking over rough, rocky, or uneven terrain; and lifting and carrying equipment and supplies.




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