U.S. nationals: Hydrologic Technician

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Iowa City, IA, United States
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As a Hydrologic Technician within the Central Midwest Water Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Performs routine hydrologic data collection; streamflow discharge and stage measurements, collection and verification of water quality and sediment data, and vertical elevation surveys.
  • Computes and reviews surface water, ground water, and water quality records using Aquarious time software, site information management system (SIMS), and records management system (RMS) from collected data.
  • Maintains and troubleshoots a variety of electronic data collection, sensor, and communication equipment.
  • Uses field collected data to develop stage-discharge rating and write station analyses.; reviews own and others field measurements for accuracy and quality.
  • Uses construction equipment, skills, and methods to install and infrastructure.
  • Operates a government owned or leased 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, 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, ATVs, etc. Work may require the use of special clothing or gear such as masks, coats, waders, boots, goggles, respirators, or life jackets.