U.S. nationals: Hydrologist

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Various, PA, United States 🇺🇸



GS-7: $47,014 (Step 1) to $61,114 (Step 10)
GS-9: $57,504 (Step 1) to $74,762 (Step 10)

GS-7: $43,251 (Step 1) to $56,222 (Step 10)
GS-9: $52,905 (Step 1) to $68,777 (Step 10)

GS-7: $48,670 (Step 1) to $63,267 (Step 10)
GS-9: $59,534 (Step 1) to $77396 (Step 10)

GS-7: $44,537 (Step 1) to $57,895 (Step 10)
GS-9: $54,479 (Step 1) to $70,823 (Step 10)

NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

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As a Hydrologist within the Pennsylvania Water Science Center (PAWSC), some of your specific duties will include:

  • Collect and analyze hydrologic data relating to groundwater, surface-water, and water quality. Install, operate, and maintain scientific instruments that collect water-quality data.
  • Assist in the development of project proposals or descriptions, which summarize critical information relating to the objective, approach, funding, and expected results of proposed investigations.
  • Maintain an awareness and understanding of the latest state-of-the-art techniques, instrumentation, and technology applicable to the conduct of hydrologic studies and data collection/analysis activities. Installs, operates and maintains scientific instruments.
  • Prepare reports of findings for assigned parts of interpretive studies summarizing the results of hydrologic investigations and analyzes and interprets records of chemical quality of groundwater and surface water.
  • Direct the work of technicians and lower grade scientists serving as members of project teams in the collection and analysis of hydrologic information collected.
  • Operates a government vehicle as an incidental driver.

Physical Requirements & Work Environment: The position requires moderate periods of standing and sitting while in the office. While in the field, considerable walking, lifting, bending, climbing, and stream wading is necessary to collect data. Office conditions are normal; field conditions may include extreme heat or cold, rain or snow, and hazardous conditions such as ice or flooding.