U.S. nationals: Hydrologist

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Oklahoma City, OK, United States 🇺🇸


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  • GS-09 $52,905 (Step 01) to $68,777 (Step 10);
  • GS-11 $64,009 (Step 01) to $83,210 (Step 10);
NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01. Learn more about this agency


As a Hydrologist within the Oklahoma-Texas Water Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Maintains 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.
  • Develops project proposals or descriptions that summarize critical information relating to the objective, approach, funding, and expected results of proposed investigations, and defends recommendations for initiation of new projects to higher level management.
  • Directs the work of technicians and lower grade scientists serving as members of project teams in the collection and analysis of hydrologic information collected.
  • Prepares reports of findings for assigned parts of interpretive studies summarizing the results of hydrologic investigations.
  • Collects and analyzes hydrologic data relating to one or more of the three disciplinary fields (ground-water, surface-water, quality-water).
  • Operates a government owned or leased vehicle as an incidental driver.

Physical Demands: The work requires frequent physical exertion while conducting field portions of project work and with inspection of ongoing operations, including walking over rough, rocky, or uneven terrain; lifting and carrying equipment and supplies; and wading in streams in all types of weather.

Work Environment: The work involves some degree of risk when conducting on-the-ground assessment of operations as well as exposure to moderate discomfort from such extremes as heat, cold, and