U.S. citizens: Hydrologist Recent Graduate

U.S. Department of the Interior

Sacramento or San Diego, CA, US



Location: Sacramento, CA or San Diego, CA; to be determined at a later date.


GS-09 $54,760.00 (Step 01) to $72,911.00 (Step 10);

GS-11 $66,253.00 (Step 01) to $88,215.00 (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 Hydrologist with the USGS CALIFORNIA WATER SCIENCE CENTER, located in Sacramento, CA or San Diego, CA, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Gathering hydrologic data concerning one or a combination of four areas: quantity, quality, availability, and movement and distribution of water.
  • Collecting and processing data to be used in determining groundwater availability, evaluating groundwater chemistry, or otherwise assessing groundwater resources.
  • Prepare graphic representation of hydrologic data by way of maps, charts, hydrographs, and frequency curves.
  • Conducting hydrologic studies and interpreting data, researching records and compiling statistical data and preparing and editing portions of hydrologic reports.
  • At the higher level, the hydrologist will serve as a Project Chief/Senior Project member to plan, conduct, and report on interpretive studies.

Work Environment: The work requires frequent physical exertion while conducting project work in the field, such as walking over rough, rocky, or uneven terrain, lifting and carrying a variety of equipment and supplies, and wading in streams in all types of weather. The employee may be exposed to moderate discomforts such as extreme heat, cold and inclement weather.