U.S. nationals: Hydrologic Technician

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

, LA, US


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Salary: GS-05 $35,265 (Step 01) to $45,847 (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 Lower Mississippi Gulf Water Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Performs routine and extreme-event measurements of surface water stage and discharge applying various methods including acoustic doppler current profilers and mid-section measurement techniques.
  • Analyzes and approves surface-water discharge records including the development and verification of stage/discharge ratings.
  • Computes and verifies vertical and horizontal datums using differential levels and GNSS equipment according to established techniques and methods.
  • Performs installation, maintenance, servicing, and troubleshooting of stage, precipitation, and water velocity sensing, recording, and communications equipment and instrumentation.
  • Operates a government owned or leased vehicle as an incidental driver.
  • Operates and/or maintains motorized watercraft.

Physical Demands: The work regularly requires considerable dexterity, agility, and strenuous physical exertion such as: climbing and/or working from tall ladders and scaffolding; work in areas where footing is treacherous such as slippery or icy river banks, steep rocky terrain, cableways, or fast-moving water; lifting heavy objects weighing 23 kilograms (50 pounds) or more, or crouching or crawling in restricted areas.

Work Environment: Office conditions do not require special safety precautions; field conditions may include extreme heat or cold, rain or snow; hazardous conditions such as ice or flooding; or exposure to irritant or toxic chemicals. Work may require the use of personal protective equipment such as masks, coats, boots, goggles, respirators, or life jackets.