U.S. nationals: Student Trainee (Hydrology)

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Carson City, NV, United States 🇺🇸


General Information: In order to be eligible to receive consideration for this position, you must be able to: (1) report to the duty station location listed in this vacancy announcement, if selected; and (2) be available to work the schedule identified.

Salary: GS-04: $34,012 (Step 01) to $44,214 (Step 10); GS-05: $38,054 (Step 01) to $49,473 (Step 10)
NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

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The USGS Nevada Water Science Center is seeking an associate, undergraduate, or graduate student working towards a degree in Geology, Hydrology, or Physical Sciences to gain practical experience in data visualization, web mapping, surface water, water quality, etc.

As a Student Trainee (Hydrology) you will serve in a trainee capacity, performing routine and recurring development assignments to acquire knowledge and understanding of functions, principles, practices, and methods used in the area of hydrologic data concerning quantity, quality, availability, and movement and distribution of water.

Duties include:

– Uses a variety of methods and equipment to: collect hydrologic data including stage records for
streams, lakes, and wells; collect and preserve water samples for the analysis of chemical,
sediment, or biological characteristics; make discharge measurements; run levels to gages and

– Checks discharge measurement computations; computes mean daily gage heights or prepares
digital recorder tapes for computer processing; develops rating curves depicting the relationship
between stage and discharge; and computes and compiles daily discharge values.

– Assists higher grade hydrologist on project work by performing duties such as:
1. Measuring flood peaks indirectly by using transits or levels;
2. Collecting and logging geologic samples at well sites; observing well drilling operations, or,
performing pump test;
3. Preparing graphic representation of hydrologic data by way of maps, charts, hydrographs, and
frequency curves;
4. Determining the chemical or biological components of water for QW studies; and
5. Preparing changes to standard computer programs or spot-checking printouts to detect sources of errors.

– Writes reports on non-complex hydrologic studies or writes selected sections of broader, complex investigative reports.

– Operates a Government vehicle as an incidental driver.

Physical Requirements & Work Environment: While in the field, considerable walking, lifting, bending, climbing and stream wading is necessary to collect data. Field conditions may include extreme heat or cold, rain or snow, and hazardous conditions such as ice or flooding.