U.S. citizens: Hydrologic Technician Recent Graduate

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

New Philadelphia, OH, US


Salary: GS-05: $34,757 (Step 01) to $45,186 (Step 10) NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

Eligibility Requirements
In order to be eligible for an appointment under the Pathways Recent Graduate Program you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a recent graduate who has completed, within the previous two years, an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution such as an accredited technical or vocational school; a 2- or 4-year college or university; a graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school); or a post-secondary home school curriculum. Note: Certificate program is defined as post-secondary education in a qualifying educational institution equal to at least one academic year of full-time study that’s part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.
  • Veterans who were precluded from applying due to their military service obligation begin their 2-year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty; however, eligibility for these veterans cannot exceed 6 years from the date on which the degree or certificate was obtained. The date of release or discharge from active duty should be later than the date the degree or certificate was obtained.
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As a Hydrologic Technician with the USGS Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Performing routine measurements of stage and discharge in a variety of field conditions.
  • Performing routine field water-quality measurements such as water temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen and alkalinity.
  • Computing, processing, and checking streamflow records.
  • Performing installation, maintenance, servicing, and troubleshooting of sensing, recording, and communications equipment and instrumentation.
  • Assisting in the construction and removal of gages and supporting structures.

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.