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Hydrologic Technician Recent Graduate Duties: Performing routine measurements of stage and discharge in a variety of field conditions. Performing routine field water-quality measurements such as water temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen and alkalinity. Computing, processing, and checking routine sediment samples. Entering sediment data into water-quality and/or daily-values file using automated systems. Performing installation, maintenance, servicing, and troubleshooting of sensing, recording, and communications equipment and instrumentation. Assisting in the construction and removal of gages and supporting structures.
Qualification and Experience
For GS-04: The candidate must meet at least one of the following to qualify for the GS-04 level: Six months of general experience AND 6 months of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-03 level in the Federal service that is in or related to the duties of this position. OR General experience is any type of work that demonstrates the candidate's ability to perform the work of the position to be filled, or experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation for which the candidate is applying.
For all grade levels, specialized experience may include work as a technician or aid in engineering, earth, physical, or natural science, forestry, soil conservation, or surveying; trades or crafts work in maintenance or construction of facilities or equipment related to hydrology; drafting; or construction estimating if it equipped the candidate with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position.
Examples of GS-03 level work assignments include: 1) Performing minor repairs at gaging stations, to water level recorders and other equipment used in hydrologic investigations; 2) Assisting in making measurements of stream flow or making simple current meter measurements on small streams; 3) Recording routine measurements of water levels at specified observations wells; 4) Collecting water quality samples and assisting in making laboratory determinations of water quality parameters by predetermined methods; 5) Maintaining and assisting in readying current meters and sampling equipment for field work;
Successful completion of of two full years of study (60 semester hours/90 quarter hours) that included at least 12 semester hours, or the equivalent, in any combination of courses such as engineering, industrial technology, construction drafting, surveying, physical science, biology, or mathematics;
Equivalent combination of successfully completed post-high school education and specialized and/or general experience.
For GS-05: All candidate's must meet at least one of the following to qualify for the GS-05 level: One year of appropriate specialized experience that is equivalent to at least the GS-04 level in the Federal service. Examples of GS-04 level work assignments include: making adjustments and minor repairs to water level recorders, or other equipment used in water investigations; following well defined methods and designated formulas; computing, extracting, compiling, and presenting geological or hydrologic data in prescribed tabular or graphic form; computing mean daily gage heights from water stage record charts, editing record tapes, and making corrections based on field notes;
Successful completion of a full four year course of study (120 semester hours/180 quarter hours) leading to a Bachelor's degree (a) with major study in an appropriate field of science (i.e., geology, chemistry, physics, geophysics, biology, ecology, mathematics, soils, forestry, meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, physical science, atmospheric science engineering, construction, or industrial technology), or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours, or the equivalent, in any combination of courses such as engineering, industrial technology, construction drafting, surveying, physical science, biology, or mathematics;
Equivalent combination of successfully completed post-high school education and specialized experience, as stated above. Only progressive education in excess of the first 60 semester hours/90 quarter hours (i.e., beyond the first two years) of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement.
For GS-06: All candidates must meet at least one of the following to qualify for the GS-06 level: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal service. Examples of GS-05 level work assignments: 1) Computing mean daily gage heights from water stage record charts, editing record tapes, and making corrections based on field observation notes; 2) Preparing maps showing well elevations and depth to water, hydrographs, profiles, and well locations. Other examples of GS-05 level work assignments include: 1) Installing, adjusting, inspecting, and servicing crest-stage indicators, well-recorders, and other instruments for the collection of ground and surface water data; and checking gage settings to ensure continuing accuracy of the records obtained from instruments; 2) Making technical studies of hydrologic data collected in the field, and preparing material for publication, such as, drafts, maps and other illustrative material; applying datum corrections to gage height records allowing for periods of ice effect, temperature variations, and precipitation; and plotting hydrographs and analyzing differences in hydrographs with earlier records, and making necessary changes;
Successful completion of 1/2 year of appropriate graduate level education (9 semester hours, 13.5 quarter hours or the equivalent) in hydrology or other field of study directly related to the work of this position;
Equivalent combination of appropriate specialized experience and appropriate graduate level education (as described above) to meet the qualification requirements.
The candidate should be a recent graduate who has completed, within the previous two years, an Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution such as an accredited technical or vocational school; a two- or four-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.
Application Deadline: March 19, 2018.
Announcement Number: PATH-2018-0102. Apply online. No emails. Visit website for more information.
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