As a Hydrologist in the Technical Support Division-Water, Geologic and Geospatial Branch in Green Tree, PA you will plan, execute, and report on original studies or ongoing studies. These studies may involve complex investigations of water loss, diminution or degradation associated with active and abandoned surface and underground mining, characterization and monitoring of expansive and multi-seam underground mine pools, specialized hydrologic oversight and informational studies.
This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Regions 1 and 2, Technical Support Division- Water, Geological & Geospatial Branch in Green Tree, Pennsylvania.
At the full performance level (GS-12) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
1. Independently plans and conducts complex, hydrologic investigations in which the geographic area, hydrologic and geologic systems, and mining extent may not be well understood.
2. Plans, executes, and implements projects to collect hydrologic information to assess the conditions on a watershed, state, or regional level.
3. Applies conventional methods to collect and analyze water samples and to determine the causes of anomalies in the data, but frequently these projects deviate from clear precedents when necessary to adapt techniques to address the problem at hand.
4.Installs and uses field equipment, such as water well transducers, weirs, and similar devices. Trains lower level staff on the use of the equipment. Adapts and applies the equipment in novel ways to account for unusual field circumstances.
5. Evaluates data using Excel, statistical software, and specialized hydrologic software to identify trends and movement of contaminants, characterize flooded mines, and predict water quality on a site specific and cumulative basis. Searches out and keeps current with the advances in software to further the knowledge, effectiveness and efficiency of the Office of Surface Mining.
6. Evaluates the efficacy of mine drainage treatment facilities (passive and active) on both active and abandoned mine sites and assesses the economics and cost of bonding for long-term treatment on active mine sites.
7. Prepares and delivers oral presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint and written reports including charts, graphs, and appropriate visual aids for the purpose of disseminating information and supporting a position of the agency.
8. Serves as a mentor or advisor to lower level scientists.
The Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
GS-12 ($79,003.00-$102,709.00) per annum.
First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.