U.S. nationals: Hydrologic Technician

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Lansing, MI, United States
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General Information

  • Salary: GS-5 $34,916 (Step 01) to $45,393 (Step 10); GS-6 $38,921 (Step 01) to $50,598 (Step 10); GS-7 $43,251 (Step 01) to $56,222 (Step 10)
  • NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

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As HYDROLOGIC TECHNICIAN within the WISCONSIN WATER SCIENCE CENTER, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Performs routine measurements of stage and discharge at designated locations applying uniform and established methods.
  • Performs routine water-level and discharge measurements from wells and springs applying uniform and established methods.
  • Follows well-established procedures in performing routine water-quality field measurements for parameters such as temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen and alkalinity.
  • Performs maintenance and servicing of routine sensing and recording equipment.
  • Assists in simple gage and supporting structure construction and removal activities.
  • Operates a motor vehicle as an incidental driver.

At the GS-6 and 7 level, additional duties include:

  • Test and troubleshoot hydrologic instrumentation using a variety of of systems in the office and in the field.
  • Compute and check ground water records.

Physical Requirements & Work Environment: Requires physical exertion such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activity; or recurring lifting of moderately heavy items weighing less than 23 kilograms (under 50 pounds) such as lifting and carrying stream gauging weights, data collection and monitoring devices, orsample trays. 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.