U.S. nationals: Hydrologic Technician

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Various, , US


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GS-4: $31,208 (STEP 1) to $40,569 (STEP 10)

GS-5:  $34,916 (STEP 1) to $45,393 (STEP 10)

GS-6:  $38,921 (STEP 1) to $50,598 (STEP 10)

GS-7:  $43,251 (STEP 1) to $56,222 (STEP 10)

Open to all U.S. citizens under: RES-2020-0243

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As a HYDROLOGIC TECHNICIAN within the WYOMING-MONTANA WATER SCIENCE CENTER, some of your specific duties will include:

– Performs routine measurements of stage and discharge under a variety of field conditions applying established uniform methods. Plots discharge measurements and estimates short periods of missing records. Develops simple preliminary stage-discharge and/or velocity index curves and ratings. Reviews gage-height data and discharge measurements to check methods and accuracy of computation. Plots hydrographs for comparing records. Performs routine steps involved in preparing basic material for publication, including maps, tables, and other illustrative material. Prepares plots, drafts, or sketches from surveying field notes. Verifies the accuracy of data summaries. 

– Performs routine field water-quality measurements such as water temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen and alkalinity.

–  Performs installation, maintenance, servicing, and troubleshooting of sensing, recording and communications equipment and instrumentation. Prepares repair logs on hydrologic instrumentation. Calibrates meters and analytical equipment using appropriate techniques and protocols. 

– Assists in the construction and removal of gages and supporting structures.  Applying established procedures, protocols, and standards assists in the construction, development, and abandonment of wells. Performs routine safety inspections of equipment and work areas.  

– Communicates effectively in answering questions and giving direction.

– Operates a motor vehicle as an incidental driver.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work regularly requires considerable dexterity, agility, and strenuous physical exertion such as that needed to:  climb, or work from, tall ladders or scaffolding; work in areas where footing is treacherous such as on slippery river banks, in steep or rocky terrain, and in fast-moving water; lift heavy objects weighing 23 kilograms (over 50 pounds) or more; crouch or crawl in constricted areas; and defend oneself or others against physical attack.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work regularly involves moderate risks or discomforts associated with visiting field sites with limited access, under adverse weather or flooding conditions, or exposure to irritant or toxic 
chemicals. Work may require the use of special clothing or gear such as masks, coats, boots, goggles, respirators, or life jackets.