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What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

During the school year part-time hours will apply; however, during school breaks  and the summer period, full-time hours may apply.


    • This vacancy is limited to the first 30 applications received and will close at midnight Eastern Time on the day this application limit is reached regardless of the closing date specified in this vacancy announcement. Any application received prior to midnight Eastern Time of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered.  You are strongly encouraged to submit all required supporting documents at the time of application should the vacancy close earlier than stated in this announcement due to the applicant limit being reached.  Supporting documents will not be accepted once the vacancy announcement closes.    
What are the Eligibility Requirements?
In order to be eligible for an appointment under the Pathways Internship Program:

You must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a degree or certificate program on a full- or half-time basis as defined by the school (certificate program means post-secondary education, in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum); and

 Enrollment is with a qualifying educational institution such as a high school or state-approved homeschool; or accredited technical or vocational school; a 2- or 4-year college or university; a graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school); or a post-secondary home school curriculum; and

 Students currently enrolled must be in good academic standing maintaining a 2.0 grade point average on a cumulative basis; and

 The duties of this position should be related to your academic or career goals.

You must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of your appointment under the Pathways Internship Program.


As a Student Trainee (Hydrology) with the South Dakota Water Science Center, you will serve in a trainee capacity, performing routine and recurring development assignments to acquire knowledge and understanding of functions, principles, practices, and methods used in the area of hydrologic data collection and analysis.
Duties include:
- Uses a variety of methods and equipment to collect hydrologic data including stage records for streams, lake and wells; collect and preserve water samples for the analysis of chemical, sediment, or biological characteristics; make discharge measurements; and run levels to gates and wells.

-Checks discharge measurements computations.

- Assists higher grade hydrologist on project work.

- Writes reports on non-complex hydrologic studies or writes selectioned sections of broader, complex investigative reports.

Operates a government motor vehicle as an incidental driver.

Work is physically demanding and includes walking, bending, climbing, and lifting of equipment up to 100 pounds when in the field.

The U.S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.
For more information pertaining to the telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at:  

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Four - 8 nights per month of travel is required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No