U.S. nationals: Hydrologist

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Tacoma, WA, US


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

GS-09 Salary: $57,955 (Step 01) to $75,343 (Step 10);
GS-11 Salary: $70,120 (Step 01) to $91,155 (Step 10);
GS-12 Salary: $84,045 (Step 01) to $109,264 (Step 10);
NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

Open to current or former Federal employees: USGS-SAC-20-10844267-ST-LL

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As a Hydrologist within the Washington Water Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Serves as a project leader by planning, conducting, and reporting on interpretive hydrologic studies that typically require modification of established procedures and extensive collection, interpretation, analysis, and evaluation of hydrologic data.
  • Develops procedures for conducting interpretive studies and provides training to others using on the modification of established standards and methods to ensure adequate treatment and thorough consideration of anomalous study conditions or situations.
  • Prepares reports of findings for complete hydrologic interpretive studies summarizing the results of hydrologic investigations and technically reviews parts of reports prepared by project team members.
  • Develops project proposals and makes recommendations for initiation of new projects to higher level management.
  • Operates a motor vehicle as an incidental driver.

Above duties are for the GS-12 level. For the lower grade levels, incumbent will perform a wide range of tasks described in the above duties, but at a lower level of work designed to further develop and refine the knowledge and skills of the incumbent. Assignments will typically combine productive work with on-going training and instruction. Supervision received at the lower level will be closer with oversight and review being provided more frequently.

Physical Demands:

  • The work requires frequent physical exertion while conducting field portions of project work and with inspection of ongoing operations, including walking over rough, rocky, or uneven terrain; lifting and carrying equipment and supplies; and wading in streams in all types of weather.

Work Environment:

  • The work involves some degree of risk when conducting on-the-ground assessment of operations as well as exposure to moderate discomfort from such extremes as heat, cold, and inclement weather.

There are two vacancies. These vacancies may be filled by this announcement or the corresponding announcement listed above. Additional vacancies may be filled through either announcement as they become available.




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