U.S. citizens: Hydrologist

U.S. Department of the Interior

Various, ND, US



Do you have a professional knowledge of scientific hydrologic principles and concepts? *Do you have a passion for participating on hydrologic studies? *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?

Salary – All Locations:
GS-07: $41,365 (Step 01) to $53,773 (Step 10);
GS-09: $50,598 (Step 01) to $65,778 (Step 10);
GS-11: $61,218 (Step 01) to $79,586 (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-2018-0332

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As a HYDROLOGIST within the DAKOTA WATER SCIENCE CENTER, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Collects and analyzes hydrologic data relating to one or more of the three disciplinary fields (groundwater, surface water, and water quality).
  • Applies statistical analyses and techniques in the interpretation of hydrologic data.
  • Write and assist with writing project proposals or descriptions, which summarize critical information relating to the objective, approach, funding, and expected results of proposed investigations.
  • Prepares reports or portions of reports of findings for interpretive studies summarizing the results of hydrologic investigations including maps, charts, and graphs. Presents results of studies to cooperators or at scientific conferences.
  • Works as a team member on hydrologic investigations. Maintains liaison with employees of Federal and State Governments, local officials, and private organizations who are affected by, or otherwise have shared interest in, water resource management practices and problems in the regional area; provides technical advice and information on water resource problems of mutual concern.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work requires frequent physical exertion while conducting field portions of project work and with inspection of ongoing operations, including walking over rough, rocky, or uneven terrain; lifting and carrying equipment and supplies; wading in streams in all types of weather.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: 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.