USA citizens: Hydrologic Aid/Technician
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.
This announcement may be used to fill more than one position within the district.
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This position is located in Winnemucca, NV. Information about Winnemucca, NV and the surrounding area can be found at: Winnemucca Chamber of Commerce
All positions may not be filled or they may be filled at different times depending on budget, hiring needs, and requirements. These positions are temporary and are expected to last for approximately 6 months. These positions have no promotion potential, if you want to be considered for a higher grade you must apply for the higher grade.
Physical Demands / Work Environment: May be required to work outdoors in conditions that include steep and rough terrain, dense vegetation, heavy rains, and insects. Field work is performed outdoors in rugged terrain; to include very steep, wet, muddy, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; positions require physical exertions, such as, bending, crouching, and stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. Individuals should be capable of working alone, or with other people, during early morning hours, night, or during the day.
Hydrologic Aids or Technicians collect surface water and ground water data in accordance with standard procedures using standard and specialized data collection equipment. They collect water/sediment for chemical or biological analysis and make field determination on surface and/or ground water for a variety of chemical parameters. They record notes, check computations, prepare records for computer processing, enter data into computer files, and assemble and prepare field and laboratory data for tabulation and publication. Uses computers to store and analyze water resources data including spreadsheets, word processors, databases and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required.
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
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Conditions Of Employment
- Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required
- Direct Deposit Required
- U.S. Citizenship is required
- Read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
- You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can
- you have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
Candidates must meet all qualification requirements as identified in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook. For information on qualification requirements please click here Qualifications.
In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.
To qualify based on education, you will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.
GS-3 - 6 months of general work experience; OR successful completion of one year (45 quarter or 30 semester hours) of study that included at least one course in subjects such as engineering, industrial technology, construction drafting, surveying, physical science, biology, or mathematics; OR a combination of experience and education to meet total experience.
GS-4 - 6 months of general and 6 months of specialized work experience. Examples of specialized experience may include assisting in collecting water quality and physical surface and subsurface water samples; OR successful completion of two years (90 quarter or 60 semester hours) of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as engineering, industrial technology, construction drafting, surveying, physical science, biology, or mathematics; OR a combination of experience and education to meet the total experience.
GS-5 - One year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS- 4 level. Examples of specialized experience may include conducting water resource inventories as directed to provide predictive information to be used in the planning system; and compiling and recording data obtained during inventories; OR successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study in an appropriate field of science, engineering, construction, or industrial technology, or that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as engineering, industrial technology, construction drafting, surveying, physical science, biology, or mathematics, OR a combination of experience and education to meet the total experience.
GS-6 - One year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS- 5 level. Examples of specialized experience may include conducting inventories of areas where land modifications can potentially impact watershed and hydrology; assisting in analyzing data obtained during inventory; and assembling all data in logical sequence for review and use by professional staff; OR have successfully completed six months of graduate education directly related to the work of a Hydrologic Technician such as engineering, industrial technology, construction drafting, surveying, physical science, biology, or mathematics; OR a combination of experience and education to meet the total experience.
GS-7 - One year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS- 6 level. Examples of specialized experience may include collecting and compiling watershed data using current techniques, methods and procedures; conducting activities related to water monitoring; and assisting in the evaluation and development of watershed project plans and project assessment; OR successful completion of one year (27 quarter or 18 semester hours) of graduate study directly related to the work of the position; OR a combination of experience and education to meet the total experience.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAPor ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.
SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service Systemwebsite.
Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
This position is not eligible for Telework.
You must be 18 years of age or older to be assigned to a hazardous position.
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
Employees required to operate a motor vehicle must be at least 18. A valid drivers license is required for some positions.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.
GS-03/04: 1. Knowledge of theories and practices of hydrology.
2. Ability to read maps and use GPS.
3. Knowledge of common terminology associated with hydrology
1. Knowledge of and skill in applying theories and practices of hydrology to resolve hydrology related topics.
2. Knowledge of basic principles of hydrologic processes sufficient to evaluate date collected for accuracy, determine variances, and applicability of data to the over hydrologic goals and objectives.
3. Knowledge of computer capabilities sufficient to produce reports with graphics produce hydrologic maps, develop spreadsheets, and enter, retrieve and manipulate data.
To preview questions please click here.
Background checks and security clearance
Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/yyyy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information. Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional). If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.
In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:
Education Substitution: To qualify based on education: Copy of all Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution See Foreign Education
Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.
For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.
For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.
For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide.
Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.
You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.
Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.
Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.
Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.
Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified".
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.
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Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.
If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at (775) 861-6431 or email us at . If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.
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