USA citizens: Hydrologic Technician

Cascade and New Meadows, ID, United States 🇺🇸


These positions are temporary, have a Not-to-Exceed date and will be filled for up to 6 months. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or funds.

These positions are located within a National Forest. The position serves as a technical assistant in the performance of a variety of hydrology tasks, either as a crew member or individual worker.

The number and location of positions to be filled will be dependent upon individual until needs.

Some positions will have varying work schedules. Some positions may have irregular and protracted hours of work. Tours of duty include full-time or less than full-time and will involve working weekends or irregular work hours.

The duty station for this position will be at one of the duty locations listed in this announcement.  Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of job offer. Salary range as shown is the locality pay area of Rest of U.S. (RUS). Pay rates vary depending on location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management’s website for additional information on pay rates.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

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Performs hydrologic technician work in support of hydrologists, civil engineers, and other professionals engaged in scientific studies of surface water, meteorology, sediment and debris production, and water quality for water resource planning and design. Applies skills in mathematics, and the study of hydrology analysis and consideration of techniques and procedures, to perform the following duties:

Collects, compiles and prepares various hydraulic data, in the form of tables or graphs, such as precipitation, stream flow, water quality, and reservoir storage, inflow, and outflow from published reports and responsible agencies.

Uses topographic maps and construction plans to determine watershed drainage boundaries, flow paths, elevation area relationships, stream channel cross-sections, and basin hydrologic parameters. Uses longitude, latitude and other standard surveying descriptions to locate sites on map. Uses a planimeter to measure area. Transfers information from a map of one scale to a map of another scale

Performs mathematical computations involving the use of algebra and geometry. Uses a calculator and mathematical tables and graphs in making calculations. Utilizes a knowledge of reproduction techniques in the preparation of complex or unusual plates, tables, and graphs for effective presentation of hydrologic information in reports.

Performs field investigations accompanied by an engineer or hydrologist so as to become familiar with hydrologic characteristics of a study area. Locate water courses, stream gages, hydraulics structures, and drainage boundary divides. Measures channel cross sections and the physical characteristics of hydraulic structures.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – Position(s) may involve work away the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles) and may also require overnight travel and/or camping per work assignment.