USA citizens: Hydrologist Recent Graduate

Flagstaff, AZ, United States 🇺🇸



Salary NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.
GS-05: $33,394 (Step 01) to $43,414 (Step 10)
GS-07: $41,365 (Step 01) to $53,773 (Step 10)

Eligibility Requirements
In order to be eligible for an appointment under the Pathways Recent Graduate Program you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a recent graduate who has completed, within the previous two years, an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution such as an accredited technical or vocational school; a 2- or 4-year college or university; a graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school); or a post-secondary home school curriculum. Note: Certificate program is defined as post-secondary education in a qualifying educational institution equal to at least one academic year of full-time study that’s part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum; OR
  • Veterans who were precluded from applying due to their military service obligation begin their 2-year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty; however, eligibility for these veterans cannot exceed 6 years from the date on which the degree or certificate was obtained. The date of release or discharge from active duty should be later than the date the degree or certificate was obtained.
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As a Hydrologist with the USGS Arizona Water Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Collecting, recording, analyzing, and interpreting hydrologic data, researching records, and compiling statistical data.
  • Measuring the discharge of streams with a variety of depth and flow conditions.
  • Collecting and analyzing geologic samples to delineate and correlate aquifer systems and describe water-bearing characteristics.
  • Measuring water levels in observation wells, collecting pumpage records and other geohydrologic data.
  • Collecting water samples for the analysis of sediment concentration or chemical quality.
  • Writing portions of interpretive reports of hydrologic studies and preparing hydrologic information in the form of maps, charts, and graphs for inclusion in reports.
Work Environment: While in the field, considerable walking, lifting, bending, climbing, and stream wading is necessary. Field conditions may include extreme heat or cold, rain or snow, and hazardous conditions such as ice or flooding.

Travel Required

25% or less – Overnight travel up to 5-8 nights per month may be required.