[ES_JOBS_NET] Research Hydrologist; GS-1315-13; DEU-ST, Geological Survey - Lakewood, CO

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Thu Aug 21 12:53:26 MDT 2014


*Job Title:*Research Hydrologist; GS-1315-13; DEU-ST

*Department:*Department Of The Interior

*Agency:*Geological Survey

*Job Announcement Number:*ATL-2014-0876


	$88,693.00 to $115,301.00 / Per Year


	Wednesday, August 20, 2014 to Wednesday, August 27, 2014




	Permanent - Full-Time




	1 vacancy in the following location:
Lakewood, COView Map <https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/378914900#>


	United States Citizens


	Q - Nonsensitive




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*Are you a Scientific professional looking for a position in the Federal 
workforce? *Do you have a passion for conducting basic and applied in 
the field of hydrology, with an emphasis on assessing changes in system 
properties and processes in response to natural and human-induced 
disturbances? *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! 
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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 
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*As a Research Hydrologist within the National Research Program, Central 
Branch, located in Lakewood, CO, some of your specific duties will include:*

-The primary purpose of this research position is to develop an 
understanding of complex phenomena in the broad field of hydrology, with 
an emphasis on assessing changes in system properties and processes in 
response to natural and human-induced disturbances. This understanding 
will contribute to the USGS Water, Ecosystems, Climate and Land Use 
Change, and Natural Hazards Mission Areas. The person filling this 
position must have strong and communication skills that will result in 
papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and will promote 
collaboration with scientists in other fields linked to geomorphology, 
geophysics, geology, biogeochemistry, and meteorology within and outside 
the U.S. Geological Survey.

The U.S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this 
position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to 
telework with supervisor approval.
For additional information on our internal telework policy, please 
reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook 



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*BASIC**EDUCATION**REQUIREMENT*: Applicants must meet the following to 
satisfy the basic education requirement for Hydrologist, all grade levels.

Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited 
college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in 
physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 
semester hours or the equivalent in any combination of courses in 
hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering 
science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, 
meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of 
water resources. The course work must have included at least 6 semester 
hours or the equivalent in calculus (including both differential and 
integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours or the equivalent in 

In addition the basic education requirement described above, you must 
meet the following to qualify:

      For GS-13:

In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, 
applicants must have one year of appropriate professional experience in 
hydrology that is equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal 

Examples of such experience include planning, executing and reporting on 
original hydrologic studies or ongoing hydrologic studies requiring a 
fresh approach to resolve new problems. The complexity of this work 
typically required extensive modification and adaptation of standard 
procedures, methods, and techniques, and the development of totally new 
methods and techniques to address novel or obscure problems for which 
guidelines or precedents were not substantially applicable. At this 
level, Hydrologists have extensive knowledge of the principles of 
hydrology and highly developed ability in their application, and wide 
latitude for the exercise of independent judgment to perform scientific 
work of marked difficulty and responsibility.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the 
position by the closing date of the announcement.

Since this position requires specific educational course work to qualify 
you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, 
graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours 
earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement or 
you will be disqualified from further consideration. This proof may be 
faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human 
Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact 
Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you 
are currently employed by the Federal government in the same 
occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to 
submit transcripts at this time.
Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United 
States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide 
acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to 
that received in an accredited educational institution in the United 
States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, 

*Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?*
A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued 
employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a 
background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to 
successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
*Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating 
with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address 
you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your 
email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in 
the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our 
If you are a Federal employee applying for a promotion (under merit 
promotion procedures) you must meet time-in-grade requirements by the 
closing date of the announcement.


*Basis of Rating:*If you meet the basic qualification and eligibility 
requirements of this position, you will be contacted via email after the 
vacancy announcement closes and given*7*calendar days to submit 
narrative responses that address the knowledge, skills, and abilities 
(KSAs) required to perform the duties of this position. You may be rated 
and ranked based on the information you provide in your resume as well 
as the responses you submit to the required KSAs. The knowledge, skills, 
and abilities required for this position are as follows:
1.Ability to identify scientific problems in the field of disturbance 
hydrology involving
interactions between landscape disturbance (particularly wildfire and 
extreme flooding) and hydrological processes in order to formulate 
hypotheses, design experiments, and to plan, implement and lead research 
projects that address the hydrologic impacts of landscape disturbance at 
multiple scales.
2.Ability to design and conduct field and modeling investigations in the 
fields of
unsaturated zone hydrology, surface hydrology, and/or hydrogeology 
addressing two or more of the following research topics: (1) Interaction 
of surface water, sub-surface water, and groundwater; (2) Infiltration; 
(3) Hillslope hydrology with an emphasis on rainfall-runoff processes.
3.Ability to design and conduct hydrologic studies that utilize 
complementary field, lab, and numerical modeling approaches to (1) 
quantify hydraulic properties and flow in the
unsaturated zone, and (2) elucidate processes controlling flow in the 
unsaturated zone.
4.Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing in order to 
transfer scientific
results and interpretations in the fields of hydrology and geology into 
the public domain. Ability and experience presenting scientific research 
at professional meetings in the fields of unsaturated zone hydrology, 
surface hydrology, hydrogeology, and disturbance hydrology.
*NOTE:*If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is 
supported in your description of experience and/or education as 
described in your resume/application, or that your resume or application 
is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or not qualified.
*To preview questions pleaseclick here 



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package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, 
life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal 
Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for 
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Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or 
information in their application package will be ineligible for further 
consideration for this position.
The full performance level for a Research position is GS-15; however, 
promotion eligibility is dependent upon the scientific contributions of 
the incumbent as evaluated by a peer panel.
Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals 
(residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil 
service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very 
limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available 
for the position. USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 
31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect 
interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any 
substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in any 
private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United 
States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or 
The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 
93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications 
for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

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Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy must be 
received on-line via USAJOBS BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, 
D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to 
submit a complete online resume, you will not be considered for this 
position. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Most libraries, 
employment offices, and all USGS personnel offices can provide access to 
the Internet. If applying online poses a hardship for you, you must 
speak to someone in the Servicing Human Resources Office listed on this 
announcement PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE for assistance.
Instructions for Applying Online for this Vacancy Announcement: 1)Click 
the blue "Apply Online" button. 2)If you are not a registered USAJOBS 
user, please create anew account 
<https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Account>and follow the instructions to 
complete your application process. If you are a registered user, login 
to access your existing USAJOBS profile. 3)As a registered user, select 
a stored resume and select one or more of your stored documents to 
attach to your application. 4)Check the "Certification" box and click 
the "Apply for this position now!" button located at the bottom of the 
screen. 5)Address the eligibility questions as well as the questionnaire 
containing questions and/or task statements that address the knowledge, 
skills, abilities and/or competencies for this vacancy. 6)Submit 
required documents using one of the available methods listed below. 7) 
If you experience technical difficulties during the online application 
process, please contact theUSAJOBS helpdesk 


If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, the Servicing Human 
Resources Office must receive proof by the closing date of this 
announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330 Subpart F for 
CTAP and 5 CFR 330 Subpart G for ICTAP or you will not receive priority 
consideration. This includes a copy of the agency notice, your most 
recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current 
position, grade level, and duty location. Required documents may be 
faxed, uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources 
Office (see "Contact Information"). If you are a CTAP or ICTAP eligible, 
you will be considered well qualified if you earn a minimum score of 85 
(prior to the assignment of veteran's preference points). For more 
information on CTAP/ICTAP please clickhere 
If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under a 
special appointing authority, the Servicing Human Resources Office must 
receive proof of eligibility by the closing date of this announcement.
Required documents may be: 1)faxed to the Agency Contact (see "Contact 
Information") 2)uploaded directly from your desktop 3)uploaded directly 
from your USAJOBS stored attachments 4)hand delivered to the servicing 
Human Resources Office (see "Contact Information")
Auto-Requested Fax <http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/faxInstructions.html>: 
allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically 
displayed along with your resume.
For additional information on special appointing authorities, 


Candice Coates
Phone: 703-648-7438
Fax: 703-648-4113
Email: ccoates at usgs.gov

Agency Information:
INTERIOR, Geological Survey
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Mail Stop 601
Reston, VA
Fax: 703-648-4113

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