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Job Title:  Hydrologist
Agency:  Valles Caldera Trust
Job Announcement Number:  13-VCT-07

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

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$47,448.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year
Friday, August 23, 2013 to Friday, September 06, 2013
Full Time - Term NTE 4 Years
1 vacancy in the following location:
Jemez Springs, NM United StatesView Map
Open to all qualified U.S. citizens. You do not have to be a current or former government employee to be considered for this position.


Come join the Valles Caldera Trust!

This position may be made permanent without further competition.

INFORMATION ON THE VALLES CALDERA TRUST:  The Valles Caldera Trust (VCT) is a wholly owned government corporation subject to the Government Corporation Control Act. The Trust was created by the Valles Caldera Preservation Act of 2000 to preserve and protect the historic Baca Ranch in the Jemez Mountains in north-central New Mexico. The ground breaking legislation that provided for the federal purchase of this 89,000-acre ranch nestled inside a volcanic caldera also created a unique experiment in public land management. The agency, i.e., the Trust, operates a working ranch, as well as a variety of other agricultural, educational, recreational, and scientific operations in a dynamic developing enterprise.

This position is part of the VCT Scientific Services Division, Natural Resources Program.  The incumbent of this position will conduct field work on the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) in north-central New Mexico.  Office duties are conducted at the Valles Caldera Trust administrative office in Jemez Springs, NM.


The incumbent performs professional work in the field of hydrology and water quality monitoring. Incumbent has responsibility to conduct and interpret hydrologic surveys from flumes and stream gauges, water quality monitoring and analysis, operating and maintaining a variety of scientific instrumentation, watershed rehabilitation and management planning, and providing technical guidance within the framework of multiple-use management of forest and range lands. This position is funded 50% by the Valles Caldera Trust, and 50% by the University of Arizona’s Critical Zone Observatory (CZO), a research grant from the National Science Foundation. 


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • See "Key Requirements" under the Requirements section.


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Reviews Hydrology-Related Literature and Develops Study or Testing Methodology 25%
Selects standard methods, techniques and procedures in planning and carrying out routine work. Exercises independent responsibility for applying established technology in routine ways to well-defined, moderate-sized projects, or in support of a larger project. Normally uses standard guides, methods or precedents; recognizes when standard guides, methods or precedents are not applicable and selects appropriate methods and techniques. Works within a prescribed project plan for monitoring stream discharge, water quality, and field research activities.
Prepares Hydrology-Related Reports and Recommendations 25%
Records study results in accordance with established procedures. Writes complete and accurate reports, which include evaluation of the data, identification of trends, and forecasts. Makes recommendations to improve processes, estimates project costs, and prepares research and environmental analysis reports for restoration projects being considered for implementation.
Carries Out Hydrology-Related Study Procedures 25%
Exercises independent judgment to perform moderately difficult and responsible work projects. Follows prescribed methods and guidelines, recognizing conditions and results that affect the findings.
The Valles Caldera National Preserve has a network of 8 meteorological stations, 25 flumes and stream gauges for watershed discharge monitoring, 12 sondes for water quality monitoring, and multiple locations for bulk water quality monitoring.  In addition, the CZO program operates two ET-flux towers and wide variety of instrumentation for monitoring climate, soil water, tree sap flow, and other environmental variables.  Operating, maintaining, calibrating, and working with the data from this network of instruments is the primary responsibility of this position.
Surveys areas needing restoration or stabilization following disturbance by other resource activities. Prepares and carries out water quality monitoring programs, including preparation of plans, collection and analysis of samples, and interpretation of data.
Collects and Analyzes Hydrology Data 25%
Conducts full stream surveys regarding water characteristics (discharge and water quality). Estimates and forecasts water supplies, floods, or droughts. Collects on-site data in a watershed, e.g., characteristics of river or stream water. Gathers data from radar, satellites, aerial photographs, maps, rain gauges, and other sources. Conducts water resource inventories following establish procedures to assemble data bass required to support management programs and forest planning.


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Basic Education Requirement: 

A.  Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours or the equivalent in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources.  The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours or the equivalent in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours or the equivalent in physics. 


B. A combination of education and experience-course work as shown in “A” above (30 semester hours or the equivalent in any combination of courses as specified in “A” above which must include at least 6 semester hours or the equivalent in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours or the equivalent in physics), plus appropriate experience and/or additional education for a total of 4 years.  The education or combined education and experience must be comparable in type, scope and thoroughness to that acquired through successful completion of a 4-year course of study as described in “A” above.

In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants must meet one of the following:

2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education (36 semester hours, 54 quarter hours or the equivalent) leading to a master’s degree in hydrology or other directly related field of study or master’s or equivalent graduate degree in hydrology or other directly related field of study if it provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.


Specialized Experience:  1 year of appropriate professional experience in hydrology that is equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal Service.

Examples of such experience include performing a variety of observations, computations, compilations and analyses in assisting higher level Hydrologists in carrying out hydrologic assignments.  This work experience would have involved following established methods and procedures, or detailed instructions; using some judgment in applying basic principles and procedures, and would have required a good general working knowledge of the principles and the theories of hydrology.



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.

Selectee may be subject to serving a two-year probationary period.


This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

Throughout the recruitment and hiring process, we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active.  Should your email address change, please notify, Lenda Folks, point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement, as soon as possible so that we can update our system.

Government housing is not available.


Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Valles Caldera's Candidate Rating Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses of the knowledge, skills and abilities included in the vacancy announcement.  Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

The knowledge, skills, and abilities described below will be used to determine which applicants are considered “best qualified”.

1. Knowledge of and experience with stream water quality instrumentation, operations, and data interpretation.  Specifically, YSI Sonde or Hydrolab instrument operation, calibration, deployment, data collection, and maintenance.

2. Knowledge of standard procedures for bulk stream water sampling for laboratory testing.

3. Knowledge of and experience with data collection from flumes and stream gauges.

4. Knowledge of and experience with hydrology data analyses, including calculation of flow rates and discharge amounts based on flume data and stream ratings equations.

5. Knowledge of and experience with meteorological station instrumentation and operations, including maintenance/replacement of probes and conversion from summer to winter operations.

6. Ability to work on instrumentation associated with flux towers, soil water collectors, sap flow measurements, etc., including instrument maintenance and data collection from data loggers.


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You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer.

Life insurance coverage is available.

New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS):

You will earn annual vacation leave. Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. 
You will earn sick leave.

You will be paid for federal holidays.

You can use Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts for expenses that are tax-deductible, but not reimbursed by any other source, including out-of-pocket expenses and non-covered benefits under their FEHB plans.


This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

Applicants who wish to be notified as to the status of their application will need to provide an e-mail address.

Recommended Optional Form:  SF-181 Race and National Origin

Transfer of Station expenses are not authorized


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Your application package must be submitted via hard copy mail and must be post marked by the closing date of this announcement.  Applications submitted via e-mail will not be accepted.  Hand delivered application packages will also be accepted if they are received by 4:30 pm on closing date of announcement.
A specific application form is not required. 
Submit Your Application Package To:
Valles Caldera Trust
Attention:  13-VCT-07
18161 State Hwy 4 (Fed Ex packages only)
PO Box 359
Jemez Springs, NM  87025


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your Résume/Application
2. A copy of your College Transcripts.  Original transcripts may be required at time of hire.
3. A copy of your DD-214 if you are claiming Veteran’s Preference
4. At least 3 professional references (Name, title, and contact information)
Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted via mail or hand-delivered.   Please be sure to include all of the following information in your resume as applicable:

Job Information:

1.  Required resume/application information:

• Job Announcement Number of the position you are applying for.
• Title of position you are applying for. 
• Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code).  An e-mail address, if you wish to be notified as to the status of your application.
• Country of Citizenship.

2.  Education:

• Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code.
- Major field(s) of study; Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.  Transcripts are not required in the application unless your qualification for the position depends of education level.

3.  Required work experience information:

• Job titles, grade (if applicable), duties, and accomplishments of past work experience, both paid and non-paid (indicate which).
• Specific dates and hours of employment, both paid and non-paid related to the position for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions).  Indicate full-time or part-time work schedules.
• Employer's name and addresses
• Supervisor's name and phone number.  Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.
• If ever employed by the Federal Government, provide the highest Federal civilian grade held and job series.

4.  Other Qualifications:

• Job-related training courses (title and year).
• Job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery,  etc.)
• Job-related certificates and licenses (type and year).
• Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments. (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.).  Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.


Bob Parmenter
Phone: (505)428-7727
Agency Information:
Valles Caldera Trust
18161 State Highway 4
P O Box 359
Jemez Springs, NM


We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. 

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