U.S. nationals: Hydrologic Technicians

U.S. Department of the Interior
Grants Pass, OR, United States
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
Government
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)

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Summary

Physical Demands/Work Environment: Field work is performed outdoors in conditions that include steep and rough terrain, dense vegetation, heavy rains, and insects; to include wet, muddy, uneven or rocky surfaces.  Positions require physical exertions, such as, hiking, crouching, and stooping, reaching, or similar activities and may require primitive camping and living skills for up to two weeks at a time.  Individuals should be able to work alone or with other people, during day/night hours.

Responsibilities

Hydrologic Technicians collect surface water and ground water data in accordance with standard procedures using standard and specialized data collection equipment. They collect water/sediment for chemical or biological analysis and make field determination on surface and/or ground water for a variety of chemical parameters. They record notes, check computations, prepare records for computer processing, enter data into computer files, and assemble and prepare field and laboratory data for tabulation and publication. Uses computers to store and analyze water resources data including spreadsheets, word processors, databases and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Travel Required Not required

Supervisory status No

Promotion Potential No - None

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land
  • Direct Deposit Required
  • Background Investigation Required

Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the specialized experience as defined in the announcement or vacancy questions. In addition, your responses to the questions must be adequately reflected in your resume.

If qualifying based on education you will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

Qualifications

In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume.

You must meet the qualification requirements to be found qualified. 

GS-6 - one year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS- 5 level. Examples of specialized experience may include conducting inventories of areas where land modifications can potentially impact watershed and hydrology; assisting in analyzing data obtained during inventory; and assembling all data in logical sequence for review and use by professional staff; OR successful completion of one year (27 quarter or 18 semester hours) of graduate study directly related to the work of the position; OR a combination of experience and education to meet the total experience.

GS-7 - one year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS- 6 level. Examples of specialized experience may include collecting and compiling watershed data using current techniques, methods and procedures; conducting activities related to water monitoring; and assisting in the evaluation and development of watershed project plans and project assessment; OR successful completion of one year (27 quarter or 18 semester hours) of graduate study directly related to the work of the position; OR a combination of experience and education to meet the total experience.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Education

If qualifying based on education you will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

Additional information

SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

This position is not eligible for Telework.

Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees.  Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

This position may require you to wear an officially-approved uniform while in a duty status.

All positions may not be filled or they may be filled at different times depending on budget, hiring needs, and requirements. These positions are temporary and are expected to last for up to 6 months. These positions have no promotion potential, if you want to be considered for a higher grade you must apply for the higher grade.

If selected from this or a similar competitive, seasonal announcement, your appointment may be creditable for consideration under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA)​. The Act allows certain individuals, who have or had time-limited appointments at land management agencies, to compete for any permanent position in the competitive service under “internal” merit promotion procedures. For more information, see the section under Eligibility, which starts with Question #15 (Q15. Who is eligible for appointment under these provisions?).

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.    In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position.  The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored.  The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

GS-06/07

  1. Knowledge of and skill in applying theories and practices of hydrology to resolve hydrology related topics.
  2. Knowledge of basic principles of hydrologic processes sufficient to evaluate date collected for accuracy, determine variances, and applicability of data to the over hydrologic goals and objectives.
  3. Knowledge of computer capabilities sufficient to produce reports with graphics produce hydrologic maps, develop spreadsheets, and enter, retrieve and manipulate data.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance Other

Drug test required No

Required Documents

In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

Copy of Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.

Former PLC Member: Submit a copy of your “Certificate of Eligibility for Noncompetitive Hiring” along with a copy of your “PLC Participant Verification Work Hours Sheet.”

Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.

For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.

For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.

For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide.

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.

Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.

Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.

Temporary seasonal employees are eligible for the following:

  • Annual and Sick Leave
  • Depending on tour of duty – Sunday, holiday, shift differential
  • Paid Federal Holidays
  • Participation in the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) program - Employees electing to participate in the FEHB will be responsible for the employee share of the premium while on the official agency roles, which is deducted from bi-weekly earnings. After separating from federal employment, employees will be offered to continue participation in FEHB under the Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) option. Employees electing to continue coverage under the TCC provision will be responsible for the full premium amount plus a 2% administration fee.

How to Apply

To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

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Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

If you have questions regarding position duties and locations please call 541-464-3300. If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office, Sparrow Adson at 503-808-6180 /  . If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

Agency contact information

OR/WA Temp Seasonal Team

Phone 503-808-6180

TDD 503-808-6484

Fax 000-000-0000

Email

Address

Bureau of Land Management
BLM Oregon State Office, OR-953
1220 SW 3rd Avenue 
PO Box 2965 
Portland, Oregon 97204
United States