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Hydrologic Technician / Field Assistant

US Geological Survey / Utah Water Science Center
2329 West Orton Circle, West Valley City, UT 84119
$19.97 - $24.05 an hour - Part-time, Full-time


2329 West Orton Circle, West Valley City, UT 84119

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  • Company truck
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • On-the-job training

Full job description

Announcement Number: UT-24-02

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Position Title: Hydrologic Technician / Field Assistant

Hiring Agency: U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey

Open Period: 2/26/24-3/4/24

Number of positions/Duty Location: Three/ Salt Lake City/West Valley City, UT

Series/Grade: GG-1316-06

For More Information: Clarinda De Carlo,, 801-916-6622

Salary: $21.14 / hour

Promotion potential: Position does not have any further promotion potential; grade level is set at the grade selected GG-1316-06.

Are you interested in helping answer critical questions about water in the west and gain valuable work experience? The U.S. Geological Survey Utah Water Science Center ( has a few openings to hire 180-day Hydrologic Technicians (field assistants) to assist with multiple hydrogeologic studies in the State of Utah.

The duty-station is in Salt Lake City/West Valley City, UT. Duties performed by this position include various tasks and can be tailored based on the applicant’s skillset. Potential duties could include:

1) collection and computation of water and sediment data for hydrologic studies,

2) organization and archiving of water quality and sediment samples,

3) data management and analysis (utilizing tools such as ArcGIS, R, Python)


4) general assistance with field preparation and sampling efforts.

The position will also assist with other project related work assessing hydrogeologic conditions throughout the State of Utah.

Duration of Appointment: This is a temporary excepted service position not-to-exceed 1 year but may be extended up to a maximum of 2 years without further competition. Employment may not exceed 180 working days in a service year. All qualified applicants, with or without Federal status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position, however, will not convey permanent status in the Federal service.

The work of this position will not exceed 1039 hours of work in a service year.

The U.S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this position are not suitable for telework.

Work Schedule: Part-Time – Full-Time / Flexible 16 to 40 hours per week

Travel Required: Overnight travel of 2 to 5 nights per month may be required.

Relocation: Relocation expenses will not be paid.

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

Any application received prior to 5/14/23 at 11:59:59 pm MDT of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered. You are strongly encouraged to submit all required supporting documents at the time of application should the vacancy close earlier than stated in this announcement due to the applicant limit being reached. Supporting documents will not be accepted once the vacancy announcement closes.

Salary (hourly): $ 21.14 / hour

NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01 under the General Schedule system.

Key Requirements

--Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.

--Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.

--A valid state driver's license and safe driving record are required.

--Selectee subject to successful completion of a pre-employment medical exam at Federal expense is


--Housing will not be provided.

--More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.

As a Hydrologic Technician (180-day field assistant) with the U.S. Geological Survey, some of your specific duties will include:

· Collects surface-water, ground-water, and quality-water data from gaging stations, wells, lakes/reservoirs or QW monitoring stations.

· Performs laboratory analysis of water samples to determine specified sediment, chemical, or biological concentrations or physical characteristics.

· Maintains field sampling/monitoring equipment.

· Operates a government motor vehicle as an incidental driver.

Physical Demands: The work requires some physical exertion such as: long periods of standing;

walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activity; or recurring lifting of moderately heavy items weighing less than 23 kilograms (under 50 pounds) such as lifting and carrying stream gauging weights, data collection and monitoring devices, or sample trays.

Work Environment: The work is performed in a laboratory or field environment. Field work involves moderate or sometimes extreme exposure to the discomforts of rain, cold/hot weather, and rapidly running or icy streams and rivers. Special safety precautions are required in many cases, and the employee may typically wear life jackets, special safety boots, waders, and special handling gear. If selected, you will be required to complete a pre-employment physical.

--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.

--This position requires completion of a pre-employment medical examination at Federal expense.

--Applicants for this position must meet the following requirements: (1) possession of a valid State driver's license, and (2) possess a safe driving record. If selected, you will be required to provide proof of a valid State License and a copy of your driving record.

Basis of Rating

Applicants will not be rated or ranked. All applicants that meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements of the position will be referred to the selecting official in preference eligible order. Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


GG-6: 1 year, 9 months field party experience OR 4 years sub-professional experience OR *4 years college study related to field of work plus 3 months of lab or field work experience.

*Satisfactory completion of a field course of study may be substituted for the 3 months of field and/or laboratory experience.

Definitions of Experience:

Field Survey Party – Experience with a field survey party includes activity associated with making and recording geologic, hydrologic, biologic, or topographic field observations; collecting geologic, biological, or water samples for laboratory analysis; applying accepted data collection techniques and methods in the performance of field work in support of scientific investigations; and using a variety of surveying instruments and electronic or mechanical instrumentation in the making and recording of field measurements and observations designed to collect data for physical/ biological science investigations. Only time actually spent in the field can be credited when qualifying individuals under the field party experience option.

Sub-professional Experience – Sub-professional experience is defined as technical work performed in support of field or laboratory investigations relating to the biological sciences, physical sciences, or closely related disciplines which provided basic knowledge or skills in gathering, recording, and assembling scientific or engineering data; using scientific instruments to measure angles, degrees, weights, strengths, intensities, etc.; setting up and operating test apparatus, and manipulating quantitative data. Experience may include assisting professional employees with such duties as calibrating and operating measuring instruments mixing solutions, making chemical analyses, setting up and operating test apparatus, and compiling and processing scientific data. Experience as a laboratory mechanic or in a trade or craft may be credited as experience when the work was performed in close association with physical or biological scientists or other technical personnel and provided a good working knowledge of appropriate scientific principles, methods, and techniques.

Professional Experience – Professional work experience in the physical and biological sciences may be credited in lieu of or in conjunction with sub-professional experience as defined above. Please note that if qualifying based on education; unofficial transcripts MUST be submitted as part of the application in order to receive consideration. You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

Required Documents

If you are claiming veterans' preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, by the closing date of this announcement. If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans preference and that your character of military service is honorable. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability; or receipt of a Purple Heart). If you fail to submit any of the required documentation, you will not be granted veterans preference. Additional information on veterans' preference can be found in the VetGuide.

--If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or if you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) 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.

-- Resume (You must show how your skills and experiences meet the qualification and requirements listed in the recruitment bulletin to be considered for the position.

--Required documents may be faxed or emailed to the point of contact listed above.

Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, 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 or emailed to the point of contact listed in this bulletin. Please ensure that all documentation is legible.

Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used. 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, visit:

How to Apply

Applications/resumes for this vacancy must be submitted to the point of contact listed above via email or dropped off BEFORE midnight 5/16/23 Mountain Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application, you will not be considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be granted.


Temporary appointees expected to work at least 130 hours per month for at least 90 days will be eligible to enroll in a Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) plan. Individuals eligible under this rule receive the full government contribution to their premiums regardless of work schedule and will also be eligible to participate in the Flexible Spending Accounts and Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program. Temporary appointees are not covered by the Federal Employee Retirement System and are ineligible for Federal life, dental, or vision insurance.

Please visit for more information. --Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position. --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 corporations. --DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit

--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.

--The Department of the Interior (DOI) places a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspectives and encourages applications from all interested eligible candidates. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) are fundamental principles that guide the Department and allow us to successfully achieve our mission.

--The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

-- Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

--If you misrepresent your experience or education or provide false or fraudulent information in or with your application, it may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work. Making false or fraudulent statements also may be punishable by fine or imprisonment.

-- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service Law.

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

Pay: $19.97 - $24.05 per hour

Expected hours: 16 – 40 per week


  • Company truck
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • On-the-job training
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Wellness program

Compensation package:

  • Hourly pay
  • Overtime pay

Experience level:

  • 1 year
  • 2 years
  • 3 years
  • No experience needed
  • Under 1 year

Physical setting:

  • Office
  • Outdoor work


  • 4 hour shift
  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Travel requirement:

  • Travel
  • Up to 25% travel


  • High school or equivalent (Required)

Ability to Relocate:

  • West Valley City, UT 84119: Relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: In person