U.S. citizens: Hydrologist

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Tacoma, WA, US


Are you a Groundwater Hydrologist looking for a position in the Federal workforce? Do you want to be part of an innovative science organization committed to providing reliable scientific information and understanding our natural resources and environment? 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?

Salary Information:
For GS-11: $66,386 (Step 01) to $86,305 (Step 10)
For GS-12: $79,570 (Step 01) to $103,441 (Step 10)
NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

There is one vacancy; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies if they become available.

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As a Hydrologist within the Washington Water Science Center, you will be working in the Groundwater Systems Section in teams conducting groundwater modeling and availability assessments throughout Washington State. Our groundwater investigations typically require state-of-the-art knowledge in constructing, calibrating, and applying MODFLOW models to provide critical information concerning available water supplies and impacts of current and potential new pumping on existing water uses and instream flows.

Some of your specific duties will include:

  • Serves as a groundwater hydrologist, and as such will develop, calibrate, and apply numerical models of groundwater flow; manage hydraulic and hydrologic models inputs and results; manage, visualize, and analyze hydrologic and climate data; and prepare model simulations for analysis.
  • Serves as Project Chief or senior project member for complete hydrologic investigations by planning, conducting, and reporting on interpretive studies that typically require extensive collection, interpretation, analysis, and evaluation of hydrologic data.
  • Communicates modeling results by preparing reports of findings for complete hydrologic interpretive studies and technically reviewing parts of reports prepared by project team members.
  • Develops project proposals that summarize information relating to the objective, approach, funding, and expected results of proposed investigations.
  • Operates government vehicle as an incidental driver.

Please note: The duties described above are at the GS-12 level. At the lower grade level, the incumbent will perform a range of tasks similar in nature to those described in the duties listed above. Supervision received at the lower level will be closer with oversight and review being provided more frequently.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

This position works mostly in the office; however, some physical exertion is required while conducting field portions of project work and the inspection of ongoing operations, including walking over rough, rocky, or uneven terrain; lifting and carrying equipment and supplies; and wading in streams in all types of weather.

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.