US citizens: Hydrologic Technician

San Antonio, TX, US



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As a HYDROLOGIC TECHNICIAN within the TEXAS WATER SCIENCE CENTER, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Performs routine streamflow and water-quality gage operation and maintenance.
  • Collect and properly archive stream-flow discharge, ground-water elevation, and water-quality data.
  • Construct new data collection sites and field structures.
  • Installs, maintains, services, and assists in the configuration of a variety of sensing, recording, and communications equipment and instrumentation.
  • Operates government vehicle as incidental driver.
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

Occasional travel – Overnight travel of up to 5 nights per month may be required.

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