U.S. citizens: Hydrologic Technician

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Klamath Falls, OR, United States
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Entry Level (0-2 Years)


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As a Hydrologic Technician with the USGS Oregon Water Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:  

  • Perform routine measurements of stage and discharge in a variety of field conditions.
  • Perform routine field water-quality measurements such as water temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen and alkalinity.
  • Compute, process, and check routine sediment samples.
  • Enter sediment data into water-quality and/or daily-values file using automated systems.
  • Perform installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of sensing, recording, and communications equipment and instrumentation.
  • Assist in the construction and removal of gages and supporting structures.

Work Environment: The work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing, walking over rough, rocky or wet terrain, lifting of moderately heavy items weighing less than 100 pounds. The work may be performed under adverse weather conditions, including rain, extreme heat, and humidity. Special clothing or gear such as masks, coats, boots, goggles, respirators, or life jackets may be required.

  • Lower grade levels perform a wide range of tasks described in the above listing of duties and responsibilities. At the lower levels, the employees will be assigned work designed to further develop and refine their knowledge and skills. Assignments will typically combine productive work with on-going training and instruction. Supervision received at the lower levels will be closer with oversight and review being provided more frequently.