U.S. citizens: Hydrologist

U.S. Department of the Interior

Northborough, MA, US


Are you a Hydrology professional looking for a position in the Federal workforce? Do you have a passion for scientific knowledge & data? 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 http://www.usgs.gov

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

This is a term appointment for which all qualified applicants with or without Federal status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position, however, will not convey permanent status in the Federal service and will be for a period not to exceed 13 months with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition.

Salary: $55,909 (Step 01) to $72,683 (Step 10)

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

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

  • Plans, organizes, and executes hydrogeologic and water-quality data collection as part of multidisciplinary studies.
  • Plans, conducts, and interprets hydraulic and geochemical laboratory experiments.
  • Computes, documents, and reviews geologic, hydrologic, and geochemical data using manual and computer mathematical modeling methods.
  • Prepares all or portions of interpretive reports in the form of maps, charts, graphs, and sections for inclusion in reports, presentations, and web sites.
  • Operates a government motor vehicle as an incidental driver.
  • Work includes field portions of project work and requires walking, lifting, and wading in water during possibly inclement weather.