US citizens: Hydrologic Technician

Bismarck, ND, US


*Are you a Hydrologic Technician looking for a position in the Federal workforce? *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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Open to current or former Federal employees: DEN-2018-0125


GS-05: $33,394 (Step 01) to $43,414 (Step 10);

GS-06: $37,223 (Step 01) to $48,385 (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 Dakota Water Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Ensures the quality of data by reviewing web page, deleting erroneous data and determining if gage is functioning properly.
  • Makes regularly scheduled field trips to service streamgaging stations, make discharge measurements, make water level measurements, and collects water quality samples. Makes unscheduled field trips as necessary, in response to extreme hydrologic events or problems with the gage.
  • Compiles, computes, and analyzes assigned records in preparation for the Annual Data Report (ADR) according to established WSC and USGS guidelines and procedures.
  • Plans, leads or assists in surveys for elevation control of gaging stations, following established WSC and USGS guidelines and procedures.
  • Selectee will be routinely required to drive up to 300 miles per day to remote areas to service gages and conduct stream gaging operations.
Physical Demands:

The work requires some physical exertion such as: long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activity; or recurring lifting of moderately heavy items weighing less than 23 kilograms (under 50 pounds) such as lifting and carrying stream gauging weights, data collection and monitoring devices, or sample trays.

Work Environment:

The work regularly involves moderate risks or discomforts associated with visiting field sites with limited access, under adverse weather or flooding conditions, or exposure to irritant or toxic chemicals. Work may require the use of special clothing or gear such as masks, coats, boots, goggles, respirators, or life jackets.

Travel Required

50% or less – Overnight travel of 10-12 nights per month may be required.