USA nationals: Hydrologist

Richmond, VA, United States 🇺🇸


*Are you a Hydrologic professional looking for a position in the Federal workforce? *Do you have a passion for hydrologic investigations? *Do you want to be part of an important aspect of the Federal Government, helping with exciting and groundbreaking incentives? If you answered “yes” to these questions, then this is the job for you! Come join the USGS and start doing the job you’ve always dreamed of!

Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?
Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation’s largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

This is a term appointment for which all qualified applicants with or without Federal status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position, however, will not convey permanent status in the Federal service and will be for a period not to exceed 13 months with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition.

GS-9 Salary: $51,118(Step 01) to $66,457 (Step 10)
GS-11 Salary: $61,848 (Step 01) to $80,399 (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 Virginia/West Virginia Water Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Plans, reports, conducts hydrologic investigations.
  • Develops approaches, standards, methods, guides, and procedures for conducting interpretive studies.
  • Provides advice, interpretation, and training to other professionals in the application or modification of established standards, methods and procedures.
  • Prepares reports of findings for complete hydrologic interpretive studies.
  • Develops project proposals or descriptions that summarize critical information relating to the objective, approach, funding, and expected results of proposed investigations.
  • The work requires frequent physical exertion while conducting field portions of project work and with inspection on 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.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – An average of 4 nights a month.