You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.
Applicants may qualify based on one or more of the following: specialized experience, undergraduate level coursework, graduate level coursework, or a combination of specialized experience and either undergraduate or graduate level coursework. Please carefully review the requirements listed at each grade level as they differ.
For the GS-5 eligibility level: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-04). Specialized Experience is defined as one or more of the following: As directed, performed a variety of tasks involved in the compilation and tabulation of technical data which serves as a base for more complex technical studies made by hydrologists, other physical science specialists or higher-level technicians. Worked with maps and was able to plot data on prepared maps. Followed established procedures, reviewed computer output for apparent consistency and brings instances of apparent significant deviation to the supervisor’s attention for consideration. Prepared and tabulates results for filing and/or publication OR
Education: Successful completion of 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 any combination of courses in subjects such as engineering, industrial technology, construction drafting, surveying, physical science, biology, or mathematics.
Combination of Education and Experience: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements shown above for only the GS-5.
For the GS-6 eligibility level: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-05). Specialized Experience is defined as one or more of the following: developed, assembled, evaluated, adapted, and presented in tabular or graphic form, technical data in the fields of water data collection, stage data, stream discharge, rainfall, and wind gaging that includes special flow computations, current velocity analyses, flow and discharge estimations, and special data collection and study programs, prepared criteria for use in calibrating stream flow in open and controlled channels, assisted on field survey crews in the collection of resource data, and prepared a variety of charts, graphs, and figures for data analysis and publication.
Education: For the GS-06 there is no substitution of education for experience for this position.
For the GS-7 eligibility level: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-06). Specialized Expereince is defined as one or more of the following: Performed hydrologic technician work in support of hydrologists, civil engineers, and other professionals engaged in scientific studies of surface water, meteorology, sediment and debris production, and water quality for water resource planning and design. Used topographic maps and construction plans to determine watershed drainage boundaries, flow paths, elevation area relationships, stream channel cross-sections, and basin hydrologic parameters. Performed field investigations accompanied by an engineer or hydrologist so as to become familiar with hydrologic characteristics of a study area.
Education: At least one year of graduate level education (18 semester/27 quarter hours) with courses such as engineering, industrial technology, construction drafting, surveying, physical science, biology, or mathematics.
Combination of Education and Experience: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements. Your experience must be detailed in your resume to receive full credit and transcripts are required. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university by the U.S. Department of Education and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1300/hydrologic-technician-series-1316/
To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of this announcement.
May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.
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