U.S. nationals: Student trainee (Hydrology)

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Various, WI, 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.

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Salary by Location:
Milwaukee, WI:
GS-03: $13.90 Per Hour (Step 01) to $18.06 Per Hour (Step 10)
GS-04: $15.60 Per Hour (Step 01) to $20.28 Per Hour (Step 10)
GS-05: $17.45 Per Hour (Step 01) to $22.69 Per Hour (Step 10)

Middleton, WI and Green Bay, WI:
GS-03: $13.32 Per Hour (Step 01) to $17.37 Per Hour (Step 10)
GS-04: $14.95 Per Hour (Step 01) to $19.44 Per Hour (Step 10)
GS-05: $16.73 Per Hour (Step 01) to $21.75 Per Hour (Step 10)

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

The USGS Upper Midwest Water Science Center is seeking high school, associate, undergraduate, and graduate level students working towards a degree in a physical or natural science or engineering to gain practical experience ingathering hydrologic data for processing.

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 hydrology.

Duties include:

  • Gathers basic hydrologic data in quantity, quality, availability, and movement and distribution of water.
  • Develops hydrologic and precipitation data for current projects.
  • Collects and processes data to be used in computing stream discharge, determining ground water availability or calculating sediment, chemical, or biological concentrations and physical characteristics.
  • Operated a government motor vehicle as an incidental driver.

Physical Requirements & Work Environment: 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.

The work regularly involves moderate risks or discomforts associated with visiting field sites with limited access, under adverse weather or flooding conditions, or exposure to irritant or toxic chemicals. Work may require the use of special clothing or gear such as masks, coats, boots, goggles, respirators, or life jackets.