USA citizens: Hydrologist

International Boundary and Water Commission

El Paso, TX, US

The mission of the United States Section, International Boundary & Water Commission is to provide binational solutions to issues that arise during the application of United States – Mexico treaties regarding boundary demarcation, national ownership of waters, sanitation, water quality, and flood control in the border region.

Area of Consideration: To be considered for this position, you must meet one or more of the eligibility requirements below.

Competitive Merit Promotion:

Current or former Federal employees with career or career-conditional tenure appointed into the competitive service at a grade level lower than this position
Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles
Non-Competitive Merit Promotion:
Current or former Federal employees with career or career-conditional tenure appointed into the competitive service at the same grade level of the position being announced or higher.
Current and former Federal employees who meet the established criteria outlined in an Office of Personnel Management Interchange Agreement.
Veterans receiving compensation from the VA for a service connected disability of 30% or more.
Individuals eligible for Schedule A appointments for a severe disability.
Individuals eligible under other non-competitive appointment authorities such as: military spouses under E.O. 13473; certain former overseas employees; present and former Peace Corps volunteers, Vista or Action volunteers; former White House staff; present and former Foreign Service officers and employees; and certain National Guard technicians.
Career Transition Assistance Plan/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP/ICTAP) candidates.
Note: All applicants must submit documentation verifying eligibility (i.e. SF-50, DD-214, VA letter, Schedule A letter, etc.) with your application.

This position is also being advertised under Delegated Examining procedures. All qualified U.S. citizens are encouraged to submit an application under Job Vacancy Announcement Number DE-12-18-10179231-LW.


As the Senior Hydrologist in the Water Accounting Division (WAD), Operations Department of the United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) you will be in a mission-critical occupation (MCO) responsible for ensuring the efficient conveyance, utilization and accurate accounting of boundary and transboundary river waters in accordance with domestic law and international agreement such as the 1906 Convention and the 1944 Water Treaty. The incumbent assures the operational integrity of the agency’s water data management systems and provides technical guidance with respect to the binational accounting and stream measurement missions of the agency. Also, provides technical administration of operational systems within the Division, inclusive of telemetry, time-series data management and modeling.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.


Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen or Naturalized U.S. Citizen.
You must meet one or more criteria in the Area of Consideration section.
Background Investigation: You may need to successfully complete a background investigation before appointed into the position.
Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a one year probationary period.
The incumbent must possess and maintain a valid class A, B, C or D Driver License, without impeding restrictions, and issued by a U.S. State or U.S. Territory.
You will be required to participate in direct deposit.
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.


Qualifications must be met by 04/17/2018

Minimum Qualification Requirement – To qualify for this position, you must also have:
Basic Requirements:
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.
Combination of education and experience — course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Evaluation of Experience: Acceptable experience must have included performance of scientific functions related to the study of water resources, based on and requiring a professional knowledge of related sciences and the consistent application of basic scientific principles to the solution of theoretical and practical hydrologic problems. The following is illustrative of acceptable experience: field or laboratory work that would require application of hydrologic theory and related sciences such as geology, geo-chemistry, geophysics, or civil engineering to making observations, taking samples, operating instruments, assembling data from source materials, analyzing and interpreting data, and reporting findings orally and in writing. In some cases, professional scientific experience that is not clearly water resource experience may be acceptable if such experience was preceded by appropriate education in hydrology or by professional hydrology experience.

Applicants with related experience in hydrology gained through earlier Federal Government employment might have gained that experience in one or more occupational series. Such series include Soil Conservation, GS-457; Forestry, GS-460; Soil Science, GS-470; Civil Engineering, GS-810; Chemistry, GS-1320; Meteorology, GS-1340; and Geology, GS-1350. Comparable non-Federal experience may be given similar credit.