USA citizens: Hydrologist (2 positions)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Pleasant Hill, MO, United States 🇺🇸


This position is located in the National Weather Service (NWS), Central Region and is for two vacancies located in Pleasant Hill, MO.

This position is also announced under vacancy number NWS-CR-2018-0052, which is open to status candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.

  • *A one year probationary period may be required.

  • *Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

  • *This position is in the bargaining unit.

  • *May be required to work rotational shifts.


As a Hydrologist, you will perform the following duties:

  • Perform daily hydrologic forecast functions including short range forecasting of flow, velocity and stage including during high water and flood events, and long range forecasting to include spring snowmelt, flood outlooks and river volume.
  • Collect, analyze, disseminate, and managing networks of basic water resource data such as information on reservoir and lake storage, ground water levels, and surface and ground water quality.
  • Develop, modify, and utilize applicable state-of-the-art computer hardware and software components in the preparation of studies of hydrological events and problems.
  • Represent hydrologic and water resource programs at public and interagency meetings and help resolve hydrologic related issues.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Qualifications requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.



BASIC REQUIREMENTS:This position requires applicants to meet a Basic Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of specialized experience OR substitution of education for experience OR combination (GS-07, GS-09 and GS-11 only) in order to be found minimally qualified. You MUST meet one of the following basic education requirements:

A. Degree: physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources. The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics. Calculus and physics, as described above, are requirements for all grade levels.


B. Combination of education and experience — course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government.

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.