Hydrologic Technician

  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Santa Maria, CA, USA
  • Feb 18, 2018
Full time Environmental Science - Engineering Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description


Do you want to be part of an innovative research science organization? 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!
Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?
Embark on an exciting future! The USGS has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the USGS collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. 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 visit http://www.usgs.gov

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position? 

This vacancy is limited to the first 50 applications received and will close at midnight Eastern Time on the day this application limit is reached regardless of the closing date specified in this vacancy announcement. Any application received prior to midnight Eastern Time of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered. You are strongly encouraged to submit all required supporting documents at the time of application should the vacancy close earlier than stated in this announcement due to the applicant limit being reached. Supporting documents will not be accepted once the vacancy announcement closes.

This is a term appointment for which all qualified applicants with or without Federal status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position, however, will not convey permanent status in the Federal service and will be for a period not to exceed 13 months with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition.

GS-4 $33,780 (Step 01) to $43,909 (Step 10);
GS-5 $37,793 (Step 01) to $49,133 (Step 10);
NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01. 

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

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As a Hydrologic Technician within the California Water Science Center, some of your specific duties may include:

-Performs routine measurements of stage and discharge applying various methods and using different equipment depending on field conditions.

-Participates in the construction of a variety of gages and supporting structures.

-Performs routine water quality measurements such as water temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen and alkalinity.

-Collects water level data from ground water wells using standard procedures and equipment.

-Performs routine levels circuits to establish vertical datum at surface water and groundwater gages.

Working Conditions: The work regularly requires considerable dexterity, agility, and strenuous physical exertion such as that needed to: climb, swim, or work in areas where footing is treacherous such as on slippery river banks, in steep or rocky terrain, around heavy machinery, and in fast-moving water; lift heavy objects weighing over 50 pounds or more. Work regularly requires employee to be outside in hot/cold environments for long periods of time.

Closes 02/23/2018

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$33,780 to $49,133 per year. Pay scale & grade GS 04 - 05.