Hydrologic Technician
Department Of The Interior
 Butte, MT
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Summary

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the seasonal team to serve as a Hydrologic Tech for the Western Montana District Office in Butte, Montana. Information about the Butte Area can be found at www.buttechambersite.org/.

Housing is not provided for this position.

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Responsibilities

GS-04/05:

Works under the guidance and supervision of a Supervisory Natural Resource Specialist, Assistant Field Manager or Hydrologist. Performs a variety of assignments involving adjustments to instruments, equipment, and practices, and carrying out data collection, analyses and interpretation including recognizing unusual or unexpected results and providing recommendations to the hydrologist or supervisor. Assists with resource inventory and monitoring, as well as planning and implementation of structural and vegetative projects to conserve, improve or restore riparian, wetland, and mesic systems and/or water quality. Responsible for collection, analysis, and evaluation of surface and ground water quality and quantity data. Work includes interpretation of water resource information, such as application of hydrologic models and prediction of water supply and flow on public land. Gathers data involving the flow and transport of sediment, nutrients, or pollutants in stream channels and ground water. Assess, monitor, and research existing work on the nutrients, pollutants, and other components in surface and ground water. Implement mitigation measures or restoration efforts where issues are identified. Inventories and monitors streams, wetlands, and mesic areas. Assist with planning and implementing projects to improve and/or restore these areas. Monitors progress towards objectives on restoration projects. Evaluates data, identifies trends in movement of water and any known contaminants, as well as trends in lotic and lentic system functionality and conditions. Identifies problems and provide feedback on anomalies to supervisor or hydrologist. Analyze flood forecasts for the local area and apply standard flood forecasting procedures to compensate for missing or conflicting measurements. May determine short-term flood risks in areas identified in the land management plans. Applies a variety of hydrologic models for generation of information on stream discharge, high flows, channel behavior, and sedimentation. May calibrate models to account for changes in land use patterns.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel to the field will be required. The amount of overnight travel to be determined by the nature of the work.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

No - These positions have no promotion potential; if you want to be considered for a higher grade, you must apply for the higher grade.

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1316 Hydrologic Technician

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Conditions of Employment

  • Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the qualification requirements as defined in the announcement or vacancy questions. In addition, your responses to the questions must be adequately reflected in your resume.
  • You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
  • Direct Deposit required.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Read the “How to Apply“ & “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.
  • Appointment will be subject to a favorably adjudicated background/suitability investigation/determination.

Qualifications

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

GS-04: 6 months of general experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation AND 6 months of specialized experience. Examples of specialized experience may include prior specific work experience 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 and/or construction estimating; examples include assisting in collection water quality and physical surface or subsurface water samples; and transferring information gathered into tables, maps, and other planning system documents. -OR- Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses in subjects such as engineering, industrial technology, construction drafting, surveying, physical science, biology, or mathematics.

GS-05: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4 level. Examples of specialized experience may include prior specific work experience as a technician 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 and/or construction estimating; examples include assisting with resource inventory and monitoring, as well as assisting in planning or implementation of structural and vegetative projects to conserve, improve or restore, riparian, wetland, and mesic systems and/or water quality -OR- Successful completion of a full 4 year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major study in an appropriate field of science, engineering, construction, or industrial technology, or that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as engineering, industrial technology, construction drafting, surveying, physical science, biology, or mathematics. -OR- A combination of experience and education to meet 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

There is no education requirement for this position. See qualifications section.