USA citizens: Hydrologic Technician

Various locations, United States 🇺🇸

Summary

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 primary purpose of this position is to serve 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 unit 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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Responsibilities

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 and land management planning and design. Applies skills in mathematics, and the study of hydrology analysis and consideration of techniques and procedures, to perform the following duties:

Installs and maintains the district hydrologic instrumentation; repairs, calibrates, and services gages and recorders; performs all maintenance necessary to insure optimal operation of all equipment.

Assists with planning necessary for modification of existing data collection stations or installation of new stations to augment or improve existing instrumentation. Makes sketches of locations, dimensions, layouts, and modifications; coordinates with design personnel and applicable agencies.

Prepares precipitation, sedimentation, and reservoir operation reports for transmittals to higher authority and other agencies; may supervise activities of lower-grades technicians in this effort.

Prepares correspondence relating to the request for or transmittal of hydrologic data, or any other matters relating to the district’s instrumentation programs. Contacts and confers with Federal, State, and local agencies to exchange data and coordinate stream gaging and rainfall data collection.

Compiles and analyzes hydrologic data for use in studies or reports, and furnishes data to district elements and outside agencies. Develops area-capacity, curves and compiles capacity tablet from surveys for use in sedimentation studies. Plots and revises discharge rating curves from discharge measurements.

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.


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