U.S. nationals: Hydrologic Technician

New York Water Science Center
Various, NY, United States
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This is a term appointment not to exceed 13 months with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition. Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service.

Salary: $34,916 (Step 01) to $96,149 (Step 10); NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.
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As a Hydrologic Technician within the New York Water Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Performs routine measurements of stage and discharge under a variety of field conditions applying established uniform methods.
  • Computes and checks surface-water records for field data where hydrologic conditions are stable.
  • Leads a team in the simple construction of a variety of gages and supporting structures.
  • Use resourcefulness to make stream discharge measurements, using the various techniques, equipment and protocols, depending upon field conditions or other unforeseen circumstances.
  • Performs full range of field measurements such as water temperature, specific conductance, pH dissolved oxygen and alkalinity.
  • Plans schedules and coordinates collection of streamflow and discharge measurements at all states, applying both conventional and unconventional methods to a variety of field conditions.
  • Operates a government owned or leased vehicle as an incidental driver.

Physical Requirements: The work requires some 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, or sample trays.

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. 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.