Basic Education Requirement:
A. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors 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 masters degree in hydrology or other directly related field of study or masters 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 applicants 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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.