USA citizens: Hydrologist

Pueblo, CO, US


Do you want to be part of an important aspect of the Federal Government, helping with exciting and groundbreaking initiatives? 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

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position? 

GS-11 Salary: $ 61,865 (Step 01) to $ 80,427 (Step 10),

GS-12 Salary: $ 74,151 (Step 01) to $ 96397 (Step 10),

NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

Open to all U.S. Citizens under job announcement#: DEN-2018-0144


As a Hydrologist within the Colorado Water Science Center, some of your specific duties will include: 

Writes, modifies, and/or edits scientific/technical reports.
Conducts or participates in periodic meetings with cooperating officials to discuss program potential and development.
Plans and carries out the collection of varied and extensive hydrological data.
Performs computerized data analysis.
Operate government vehicle as an incidental driver.
Physical Demands: The work requires frequent physical exertion while conducting field portions of project work and with inspection of ongoing operations, including walking over rough, rocky, uneven terrain; lifting and carrying equipment and supplies; and wading in streams in all types of weather

Work Environment: The work involves some degree of risk when conducting on-the-ground assessment of operations as well as exposure to moderate discomfort from such extremes as heat, cold, and inclement weather.

Travel Required

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

Conditions of Employment

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
Selectee subject to successful completion of a pre-employment medical exam.
Selectee must provide a valid state driver’s license & safe driving record.
More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?

Because this position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent account balances from a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their existing obligation before a new card can be issued.
A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
You will be required to operate a government-owned or leased vehicle in the performance of your official duties. Applicants for this position must meet the following requirements: (1) possess a valid State license, and (2) possess a safe driving record. If selected, you will be required to provide proof of a valid State license and a copy of your driving record.
This position requires completion of a pre-employment medical examination at Federal expense.
Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.
If you are a Federal employee applying for a promotion (under merit promotion procedures) you must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


For information on basic qualifications, which includes information on whether you may substitute education for specialized experience, please click on the following: Please also visit this link to view the basic educational requirements of this position, for all grade levels. 

If you are qualifying based on specialized experience, in addition to the basic educational requirements, you must meet the requirements listed below:

For GS-11

One year of appropriate professional experience in hydrology that is equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include independent responsibility for conducting a well-defined hydrologic study, or a phase of a larger study. Experience in variety of field work that may include, but is not limited to, surface water or ground water water-quality sampling, streamflow measurements, operation and maintenance of field instruments. Sound working knowledge of principles of hydrology and the ability to independently perform difficult and responsible scientific work

For GS-12

One year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Examples include experience planning and executing complex hydrologic studies in ground water or surface water hydrology. The work usually involves conventional methods, but it may require adapting to new methods based on the problems of the study. New analytical methods may also be required to determine the scientific significance of the data. At this level, Hydrologists have a very good knowledge of principles of hydrology and their application, and the ability to independently perform scientific work of considerable difficulty.
You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.


Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: