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Job Title:Hydrologic Technician

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Natural Resources Conservation Service

Job Announcement Number:CO-875550-CT

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$31,315.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year


Friday, April 12, 2013 to Friday, April 26, 2013




Full Time - Temporary NTE 6 Months




1 vacancy in the following location:
Denver, CO United StatesView Map




Be Remarkable, Make a Difference! Join the Natural Resources Conservation Service team and help us conserve our nation's Natural Resources!!  Visit our web site ( to learn more.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is known worldwide for its accomplishments and innovations in conservation.  The employees of NRCS are recognized for their talent, dedication, and ingenuity in making the agency's programs work   as they take necessary steps to reduce erosion, protect wildlife, promote good land use, and other measures to preserve the Nation's natural resources for future generations.   Join us in protecting and conserving natural resources on America's private lands!  ( 



Applicants accepted from the public, those with Competitive Status and those with special hiring eligibility should also apply to announcement Merit (Status) that runs concurrent with this ad. 


This is a temporary seasonal position.  The incumbent is responsible for assisting in the installation and maintenance of the hydrologic, meteorological, and electronic components of the SNOTEL system, and associated duties within Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.


Relocation expenses will not be offered.



  • U.S. Citizen
  • Suitable for Federal Employment, determined by Background Investigation
  • NRCS Utilizes E-Verify to identify and determine employment eligibility
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered with Selective Service
  • Valid Motor Vehicle Operators License


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Assists with the installation and routine maintenance of manual snow course and automated SNOTEL (SNOwpack TELemetry) and SCAN (Soil Climate Analysis Network) sites in accordance with standard agency procedures.  Extensive travel is required during the summer maintenance season.


Performs basic construction of shelter buildings/towers and wiring of electronic components for integration of sensors with data acquisition systems.


Performs validations and editing of SNOTEL and snow course data readings using standard hydrologic procedures, and uses knowledge to develop new products for customers.


Services as an incidental motor vehicle operator on both public and private roads during daylight hours and occasionally after dark.




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The qualifications for this position are described below and are published in the Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions which is as follows:


This position requires the ability to use a personal computer, scanner, or other automated office equipment.


For GS-1316-05: 


One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 level in the Federal service that is in or related to the duties of this position.  Examples of such experience may include:  1) Assisting in the installation, maintenance, and repair of  hydro-meteorological sites, sensors and associated equipment such as that used at SNOwpack TELemetry (SNOTEL) and Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN) sites;  2) Assisting in the collection of field snow measurements and validating data for use in snowpack indexing, data editing, and water supply forecasting;  3) Reading electronic wiring diagrams to trouble-shoot components used in hydro-meteorological measurement systems such as that used at SNOwpack TELemetry (SNOTEL) and Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN) sites;  4) Operate four-wheel-drive vehicles, ATV’s, and snowmobile under all weather and travel conditions.




Has completed 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 subjects such as engineering, industrial technology, construction drafting, surveying, physical science, biology, or mathematics.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels and positions for which both education and experience are acceptable.



Education:  If you are basing your qualifications on education, it is mandatory to submit college transcripts to document your education.  Photocopies are acceptable for application; originals will later be required if you are selected for the position.  Please submit course catalog descriptions for those courses that may not clearly be identified as qualifying.  Your transcripts must be legible.


Credit will be given for appropriate qualifying unpaid experience or volunteer work.  To receive proper credit for unpaid experience or volunteer, fully describe your responsibilities and show the actual time (years, months, and hours per week) spent in such activities.


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


The incumbent must operate a government vehicle.  A valid state driver's license is required.


The incumbent must have the ability and skill in ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) and snowmobile operations.


This position requires extensive travel.  Travel may be up to 20 nights per month.


The work requires rigorous physical labor and the incumbent must be able to handle awkward objects and be able to lift items weighing up to 85 pounds.


Management has the perogative to select at any grade level for which this position has been advertised.  If you are placed in this position at a grade lower than the target grade (full performance level), you may be promoted to the traget grade without further competition.  However, there is no commitment or obligation on the part of management to promote you.  Your promotion will depend upon the continuing need for that level of work to be performed and your ability to perform the higher level duties.




Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures.  Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questionnaire. We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position.    If you are basically qualified for this position, we will evaluate your application package, using a panel of subject-matter experts or HR Specialist to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position.  We will then place you in one of the following categories and only those in the Best Qualified category will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.

Best Qualified:  Applicants possess all of the job related competencies identifies as important for successful job performance.

Well -Qualified:  Applicants possesses a majority (i.e., more than half) of the job related competencies needed for successful job performance.

Qualified:  Applicants meets the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, but does not meet the definition of Well-Qualified or Best Qualified describe above.

Veterans’ preference is applied after applicants are assessed.  Veterans’ preference eligibles who meet the qualification requirements are place in the appropriate category and are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles.  Veteran preference eligibles that have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher.


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Working for NRCS offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  Additionally NRCS offers FlexiWork, Telework, Transportation Subsidies and a family friendly work environment.  The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.   To find out more see website:



Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).   The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  To be found well-qualified your application must rate at or above 85.   You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 , you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.   See

Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your résumé and submit documents to support your claim.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

  • 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 and the required documentation.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, April 26, 2013 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Other Veterans Document

 Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 875550.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, April 26, 2013. to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire..
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
  3. Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


The following documents are required:

1.  Resume 

2.  Responses to the questionnaire

3.  Veterans Preference documentation (DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA letter, as appropriate)

4.  If qualifying based on education, you must submit a copy of your College Transcripts to support.


Carol Tresco
Phone: (720)544-2843
Fax: (720)544-2985
Agency Information:
DFC Bldg 56 Room 2604
P O Box 25426
Denver, CO
Fax: (720)544-2985



Once your Occupational Questionnaire and resume have been received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  All information provided may be verified by a careful review of your resume, questionnaire responses, reference check, background check, and/or verification of education.  After a qualification review of your complete application package, you will be notified of the status of your application.  If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.  Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for consideration.  A job offer is typically made within 45 days after the deadline for applications. 

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