Basic Education Requirements: A Degree in a physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources. The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics. Calculus and physics, as described above, are requirements for all grade levels. - OR - Combination of education and experience that included course work as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
In addition to the basic education requirements, For GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service - OR - 2 years of directly related progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.
In addition to the basic education requirements, For GS-11: one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service - OR - 3 years of directly related progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled. Acceptable experience must have included performance of scientific functions related to the study of water resources, based on and requiring a professional knowledge of related sciences and the consistent application of basic scientific principles to the solution of theoretical and practical hydrologic problems.
Specialized experience qualifying for GS-09: At this level the incumbent performs independently and assists with hydrological tasks with guidance and supervision from a senior hydrologist; examples include, working with senior specialist to plan and coordinate projects involving the analysis and evaluation of flow and transport of sediment or pollutants in stream channels; assessing, monitoring, and researching existing work on the nutrients, pollutants, and other components in ground water and surface water; and evaluating data, identifying trends in movement of water and any known contaminants and providing feedback on anomalies to more senior specialists.
Specialized experience qualifying for GS-11: At this level the incumbent performs moderately difficult and responsible hydrological tasks independently seeking guidance for controversial and/or unusual tasks; examples include, planning and coordinating projects involving the analysis and evaluation of flow and transport of sediment or pollutants in stream channels and ground water; providing technical advice on water rights application and claims; assessing, monitoring, and researching existing work on the nutrients, pollutants, and other components in ground water and surface water; evaluating data, identifying trends in movement of water and any known contaminants and providing feedback on anomalies; and applying a variety of hydrologic models to generate information on stream discharge, high flows, channel behavior, and sedimentation.
Equivalent combinations of post-high school education and specialized experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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:
- Professional knowledge and experience with the theories, principles, and concepts related to hydrology, hydro-geology, water conservation, and water usage.
- Knowledge of federal, state, and local water laws, including a familiarity with applicable state water right procedures.
- Professional knowledge of hydrology in order to evaluate and test the accuracy of technical reports, planning documents, methods and analyses used by the district in water resource management, state water law, engineering, and hydrogeology.
- Knowledge of basic computer software, including spreadsheets and software commonly used in hydrologic data management and modeling.
- Knowledge of the variety of grants and other funding sources that are available to federal programs, and ability to apply for those funds with appropriate.
- Knowledge of assistance agreements and the ability to administer contracts for hydrologic work performed by other agencies or vendors.
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