US citizens: Hydrologist

Lakewood, CO, US



Are you a Hydrologist looking for a position in the Federal workforce? Do you have a passion for Hydrology and Groundwater? 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

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

GS-11: Salary: $66,577 (Step 01) to $86,553 (Step 10);

GS-12: Salary: $79,799 (Step 01) to $103,739 (Step 10);

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

This position is being advertised concurrently with the following announcements:

Open to current or former Federal employees: DEN-2018-0216


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

  • Participating in hydrologic studies of considerable scope and complexity.
  • Serving as the Project chief for studies that are more conventional or limited in nature.
  • Serving as Project Chief with primary responsibility to develop, design, and implement complex groundwater investigations of alluvial, sedimentary, and/or fractured crystalline-rock aquifers.
  • Adapting, modfying, and integrating existing groundwater modeling and chemical transport modeling computer codes for application to specific situations using commonly used programming languages.
  • Designing and implementing data-collection and compilation tasks as well as geostatistical analysis to define aquifer framework, hydraulic head, and other hydraulic parameters.
  • Representing the COWSC at technical meetings and other gatherings inside or outside the Federal Government on matters pertaining to groundwater flow modeling, related data collection, and other subjects appropriate to the position.
  • Operating a government vehicle as an incidental driver.

Travel Required

25% or less – Overnight travel of an average of up to 3-5 nights per month may be required.

Please see “To Apply” link for more information.