Hydrologic Technician
Department Of Agriculture - Columbus, OH

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Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table

This is a Term appointment not to exceed 13 months (may be extended up to 4 years without further competition).

The Soil Drainage Research Unit, in Columbus, Ohio, is seeking an incumbent to provide technical support for research designed to quantify the hydrologic and water quality effects of land use and conservation practices.


You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position

Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation

Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service

Valid Driver's License is required

Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Performs a wide range of standard and special purpose tests for hydrologic/water quality field measurements specifically related to surface and subsurface drainage in agriculture crop production.
  • Maintains, calibrates, modifies, and repairs experimental devices such as automated water quality samplers, weirs, flumes, and other data collection instruments to insure proper operation and accurate data collection.
  • Retrieves and processes water and soil samples from the field and laboratory.
  • Performs sediment, nutrient, and pesticide analysis of water and soil using standard laboratory techniques (pipetting, filtering, and/or extraction) and equipment.
  • Records and tabulates collected data using computer software such as Excel, Access, and Flowlink.
Working Conditions and Other Considerations:
The work requires physical exertion, such as regular and recurring standing, walking, bending, lifting, or digging. The work of this position is performed both outdoors and indoors, therefore the incumbent must be able to tolerate being outdoors for long periods of time in all types of weather conditions. The incumbent must also be able to tolerate working in hot, humid conditions as well as cold, wet conditions. This work involves recurring moderate risks or discomforts which require special safety precautions, e.g. working outdoors. The employee is required to use protective clothing such as coats, boots, goggles, and gloves. The incumbent will be required to travel to field sites; therefore, a valid driver’s license is required.

GS-05: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level 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 (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as engineering, industrial technology, construction drafting, surveying, physical science, biology, or mathematics.

GS-06: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service OR a ½ year of directly related graduate level education.

Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for this position are:

1. Knowledge of the principles and techniques of hydrologic science as they relate to surface and subsurface drainage in agriculture crop production.

2. Skill in performing sediment, nutrient, and pesticide analysis of water and soil.

3. Ability to use personal computers and software packages in order to record and tabulate experimental data.

Applicants must address the specialized experience requirements in their resume (or application documents). Applications that do not reflect the specialized experience requirements will not be deemed qualified.

If qualifying all or in part based on your education, you must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grade point average or class ranking to verify education when applying for this position. If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.

Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on this topic.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the basic and any additional requirements. The Agricultural Research Service uses a category rating process. Based on evaluation of all written materials submitted in your application for the position, you will be determined to be Ineligible if you do not meet eligibility and/or minimum qualifications criteria; Eligible if you meet all eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria; OR Quality if you meet quality criteria in addition to eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria.

The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:
http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the armed forces, and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for non-competitive appointment. For further information click here .

Displaced/Surplus Employees: Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if they meet basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and are rated in the Quality Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. Click here for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference , you must submit Member 4 copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference , you must submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference plus the proof required by that form.

Financial Disclosure Requirement: Federal employees are subject to prohibitions against officially dealing with outside organizations in which they have a financial interest. If hired for this position, you may be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of the effective date of your appointment and annually thereafter.

Reasonable Accommodation: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on 202-855-1234 (TDD).

False Statements: If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.