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Job Title:Hydrologist

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Land Management

Job Announcement Number:MT-DEU-2013-0033

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 $74,628.00 / Per Year


Thursday, January 31, 2013 to Friday, February 15, 2013




This is a full-time position. 1 vacancy available. - This is a permanent position in the competitive service.




1 vacancy in the following location:
Glasgow, MT, USView Map


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


BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as a Hydrologist in the Hiline District Office, Glasgow Field Office.  This position is located in Glasgow, Montana.  Information about the Glasgow area can be found at Glasgow Chamber of Commerce


Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.  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.  For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website.

This position is also being advertised under vacancy announcement MT Merit-2013-0031.  Only one person will be selected from these announcements


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "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.
  • Passage of a pre-employment physical is required.


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The Hydrologist performs work that involves collection, analysis, and evaluation of surface and ground water quality and quantity associated with the management of public land.  Work also includes interpretation and application of other water resource information, such as ground water/surface water interactions, projections of water supply and flow on public land, and water budgets.  At the full performance level, the incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of duties including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Planning and coordinating projects involving the analysis and evaluation of stream flow, reservoir/riparian/wetland form and function, and the transport of sediments or pollutants in stream and water-bodies.  
  • Serving as the point of contact on all hydrologic and water resources issues. As point of contact, the employee is the subject matter expert on water resource issues and effects from resource use/extraction for interdisciplinary teams in the District.
  • Engaging in negotiations for agreements for the use of federally owned water resources and recommending actions to interdisciplinary teams and/or supervisors to assure availability of water resources needed for BLM management responsibilities.
  • Providing technical advice on water rights applications and claims.
  • Meeting with federal and state agencies, public, and staff to discuss and resolve hydrological issues.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:  The work of the employee is performed partly in an office setting and partly in the field.  Field work requires gathering samples and other data, monitoring and inventory activities, and participation in project work.  In field work, the individual will be required to walk or ride vehicles over rough terrain, perform duties that require recurring bending, crouching, stooping, reaching, or lifting.  Work may also include lifting of moderately heavy items, such as equipment and samples.


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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.


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.

On-line Questionnaire:

Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.

To preview questions please click here.


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To explore the benefits typically offered to most federal employees in permanent positions, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at:


  • At times, travel may be required.
  • Appointment is subject to meeting one-year probationary requirements.
  • RELOCATION EXPENSES:  Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulation and Departmental policy.  The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered.  To view FAQ regarding PCS click here.
  • This position requires procurement duties.  Applicants selected for this position must sign a certification of compliance with the requirement of Public Law 101-189.
  • Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
  • Passage of a pre-employment physical is required.



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If you need assistance in applying online, please call or email the contact listed on this vacancy.  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.  PLEASE NOTE:  If you have access to a public library, State Job Service Office, etc., you must use these resources to apply online.

You must follow the steps described below to complete the application process:

1)YOU MUST CREATE A PROFILE in USAJOBS under My Account.  If you already have a registered profile in USAJOBS you do not need to register again.  Your profile must contain a current resume for submission.   In order to receive proper consideration, your resume should include the following information:
  • Personal contact information
  • Work experience (paid or unpaid) including - starting and ending dates (month and year), employer's name and address, job title (include job series and grade if Federal), duties and accomplishments, supervisor's name and telephone number, indicate if supervisor may be contacted, hours per week, and salary.
  • Education and job-related training including  - school name, type and year of degrees/diploma received, credits earned and majors; title of training course and year of completion.
  • References  - personal and professional
  • Additional information - skills (languages, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.), certificates or licenses (current only), and/or honors, awards, and special accomplishments (recognition, professional memberships, publications, leadership activities, etc.).
  • Insufficient information could result in an ineligible rating.  The USAJOBS Resume Builder was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed.  The Resume Builder is an available tool when you login to your USAJOBS account.

    2) COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION, including responses to all application questions, by clicking on the “APPLY ONLINE” button that appears on this announcement.

    3) SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION as applicable.  See “Required Documents” section below.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that a complete application (including a resume, on-line questionnaire, and applicable supplemental documentation) is received before by 11:59 PM  Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.   NOTE:  Technical problems may take at least 1 business day to resolve; therefore, you are highly encouraged to complete the application process prior to the closing date.


    All applicable supplemental documentation must be uploaded or faxed (with generated fax cover sheets) to: 571-258-4052, and received before by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement. See important information regarding uploading and faxing supplemental documentation below.


    1) College Transcripts: You must submit a copy of all college transcripts (undergraduate/graduate) or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university.  If your degree is from a Foreign Institution click here to see Foreign Education requirements.  Note: Transcripts must be submitted to each announcement as applicable. 

    2) Veterans Preference Documentation:  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.  Missing documentation may result a change or removal of your claim for Veteran’s preference.  If you are claiming preference as a TP Veteran your profile must contain a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release, or Discharge from active military service.  If you are claiming preference as a CP, CPS, or XP veteran your profile must contain a Standard Form (SF-15), Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, with all applicable supporting documentation as instructed in the SF-15.  More information regarding Veteran's preference is available at:

    3) CTAP/ICTAP Documentation:  If you are a CTAP or ICTAP Eligible applicant: Provide 1) a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; and, 2) proof of eligibility.  It must be indicated in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. Note: CTAP/ICTAP documents must be submitted to each announcement as applicable.  CTAP/ICTAP eligibles are Federal employees that have been or are likely to be separated from Federal employment by a Reduction in Force (RIF).  Current or former eligible Federal employees eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must receive a score of at least 90 to receive priority consideration under either program.  For CTAP and ICTAP, well-qualified means that the applicant meets the qualification standard and eligibility requirements for the position, meets minimum educational and experience requirements, meets all selective factors, where applicable, and is able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry.  More information about these programs is available at the following web address:

    Uploading and Faxing Supplemental Documentation:

    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.  Each document type must use the appropriate generated fax coversheet and be faxed in a separate transmission.  Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager (3MB is the maximum size allowed for a document).  Do not use both options, only one document can be saved in each section, and only the latest document will be maintained in the system.  Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.  Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

    Checking Application Status and Materials:

    Hint: Do this before the announcement closes.  After you have completed your application, to check the status of your application materials log in to your USAJOBS account, select the “Applications” tab, check under the “Application Status” for this vacancy, once your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received it will state “Resume Received.”  Any other application status may indicate that you did not complete the application process and/or your application has not been submitted. Please note: A status of “Resume Received” reflects that your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received; applicable supplemental documentation may still need to be submitted (see required documents above).


    Human Resources Branch
    Phone: 406-896-5002
    Fax: 571-258-4052
    Agency Information:
    Bureau of Land Management
    Montana State Office
    5001 Southgate Drive
    Billings, MT
    Fax: 571-258-4052


    You will receive notification via email, generally within 2 weeks of the closing date of the announcement, as to whether or not your name was referred to the selecting official.

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