U.S. nationals: Hydrologic Technician

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Fort Worth, TX, US


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Salary GS-07: $46,619 (Step 01) to $60,600 (Step 10);
Salary GS-08: $51,629 (Step 01) to $67,118 (Step 10);
Salary GS-09: $57,025 (Step 01) to $74,133 (Step 10);
NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

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

  • Surface Water: Making stream discharge measurements using various techniques, equipment, and protocols.
  • Ground Water: Performing water-level and discharge measurements from wells and springs, adjusting approach for unforeseen circumstances.
  • Water Quality: Performing routine field measurements such as water temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen and alkalinity selecting the appropriate technique, protocol, and equipment.
  • Instrumentation: Installing, maintain, and servicing a variety of sensing, recording, and communications equipment and instrumentation.
  • Infrastructure:  Performing construction of new data collection gages and supporting structures.
  • Datums/Altitude/Elevation: Establishing vertical and horizontal datums using appropriate survey and geo-stationary reference techniques.

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 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, adverse weather or flooding conditions, or exposure to irritant or toxic chemicals. Incumbent may be required to operate a variety of government-owned vehicles including small watercraft, ATV’s, etc. Work may require the use of special clothing or gear such as masks, coats, waders, boots, goggles, respirators, or life jackets.




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