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Job Title:Hydrologist

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Land Management

Job Announcement Number:AZ DEU-2013-0027

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$47,448.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year


Friday, January 18, 2013 to Wednesday, January 30, 2013




Work schedule is Full Time. - This a Term position NTE 13 months.




1 vacancy in the following location:
Tucson, AZ, USView Map


All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required.


The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency.  This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.  The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation.  The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

The BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to fullfill many of the duties of the Tucson Field Office Hydrologist, while on assignement.   


This position is located in Tucson, Arizona, at the BLM Tucson Field Office.  This position will have primary responsibilities for collection, analysis and evaluation of surface water and ground water quality and quantity data associated with the functioning of the hydrologic cycle and management of public land at the Tucson Field Office.


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

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


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Be sure to read the "how to apply and required documents" sections
  • You can not hold an active real estate license, nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in federal land.
  • Direct deposit is required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.


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The Hydrologist will plan and coordinate projects involving water rights applications, source water analysis, watershed and stream restorations, and support other resource projects by providing hydrologic input to project design and NEPA analyis.  The hydrologist will plan and implement inventory and monitoring projects for surface water, ground water, riparian vegetation management and watershed restoration and management activities.


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Basic Requirements:  A Successful completion of a full 4-year course study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study or course work in physical or natural sciences, or engineering that included at least 24 hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management conservation of water resources.  OR B. Combination of education and experience-course work as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.  GS-9 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or masters or equivalent graduate degree.  OR 1 year equivalent to at least GS-7 in the federal service. 


Specialized experience is defined as experience applying hydrologic knowledge, utilizing hydrological equipment and utilizing experience with field techniques in conducting water resources inventories, monitoring and investigations for projects related to water rights, water use, surface water, ground water and water resource suitability.   Specialized experience must be at a level close to the work of this job that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform.  This experience is typically within the field or a field that is closely related.  If qualifying based on education, degree must be related to the position being filled. 


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


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

Qualified applicants will have at least one year specialized experience equal to the next lower grade. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and is related to the work of the position to be filled.


Education Requirement: 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.  If selected for this position you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications.


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, Highly 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.


*Understand the theories,principles and concepts related to the field of hydrology.


*Knowledge of the study of water in the hydrologic cycle.


*Ability to utilize hydrological equipment such as stream gauge, data loggers, well depth sound, rain gages, computer models of hydrologic systems, standard water quality testing equipment.


*Knowledge of computers, hydrological data management systems, computer modeling advanced calculators, ariel photograph stereoscope, engineering scales, maps.


*Ability to communicate and work well with others individually and on teams.

To preview questions please click here.


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


May require completion of a 1 year trail period. No additional opportunity will be given to provide information or documentation. It is your responsibility to see that all required information is submitted prior to the closing date.


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.

For Category Rating:  CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Best or Highly Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.  For Merit:  CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they receive a minimum score of 85 based on the rating criteria used for this position.


This is a term position for which all qualified U.S. citizens with or without Federal Status may apply and be considered.  Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service, and will be for a period not-to-exceed 13 months with possible extension up to a total of 4 years (or longer if approved by the Office of Personnel Management) without re-announcement.

This position requires procurement duties.  Applicants selected for this position must sign a certification of compliance with the requirement of Public Law 101-189.

Occasional travel may be required.

Before entering on duty, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually.

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

This is a Bargaining Unit position.


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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. Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS. If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS. If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu. Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement. If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at 602.417.9333 or email: 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.


In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:
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 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.  The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.

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

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


Human Resources
Phone: 602-417-9333
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Management
Arizona State Office
Phoenix, AZ
Fax: 571-258-4052


You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.

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