USA citizens: Hydrologic Technician

Pittsburgh, PA, US



Are you an Hydrology professional looking for a position in the Federal workforce? Do you have a passion for scientific data? 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

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GS-06: $38,184 (Step 01) to $49,635 (Step 10);

GS-07: $42,433 (Step 01) to $55,162 (Step 10);

GS-08: $46,993 (Step 01) to $61,096 (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 Pennsylvania Water Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Performs surface & ground water stage and discharge measurements and observes and notes hydraulic or environmental conditions.
  • Computes and checks surface/ground water records from field data where hydrologic conditions are stable.
  • Plots water level and discharge measurements, develops stage-discharge ratings, and estimates short periods of missing records.
  • Performs simple construction and routine safety inspection of a variety of gages/equipment/work areas and supporting structures with general instruction.
  • Establishes vertical and horizontal datums applying appropriate surveying techniques with general instructions.
  • Measures and records crest-stage gage high-water marks; determines cross sections for indirect measurement of flow.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – Average 5 nights per month