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    As a Data Section Field Operations Chief within the Caribbean-Florida Water Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

    • Primary authority and control over the operation of all basic data networks in the Guaynabo, PR - CFWSC - this encompasses the supervision of all routine field work and field data collection activities, responsibility for the establishment and maintenance of all network-related structures and equipment and for all scientific integrity and quality assurance of all hydrologic data and data analyses for basic networks; direction and review of all hydrologic computations and interpretations, preparation of network data and analyses for publication.
    • Meets with technical or resource-management personnel from other Federal, state, county or city government offices and has frequent contact with consulting firms, university personnel and the public.
    • Computes and analyzes stream-flow records. Develops complex stage discharge or velocity index curves, instructs others in methods of hydrologic record computation, checking and review and installs, maintains and services complex hydrologic sensing and recording instrumentation and associated communication equipment.
    • Provides guidance, direction and leadership to co-workers and subordinates.
    • Handles heavy workload and multiple priorities.
    • Operates government owned vehicle as an incidental driver.
    • Work assignments normally involve 50 percent office and 50 percent field effort. Office assignments are generally sedentary. Occasional physical activities required in field assignments, include walking, bending, stooping, and carry stream gaging and chemical and biological sampling equipment. Field work may occasionally require lifting fairly heavy objects and wading in streams in all types of weather. Office assignments normally involve everyday risks or discomforts that are typical of office meeting and training rooms, libraries and residences or commercial vehicles. Work area is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated. Field work may expose hydrologic technician to potentially dangerous situations and exposure to moderate discomfort from such extremes as heat, cold, and inclement weather, particularly on flood trips during severe storms.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Overnight travel of up to 5 nights per month may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Current or former Federal employees with permanent competitive status; OR individuals eligible under a special or noncompetitive appointing authority (e.g., VRA, disabled, eligible Pathways Intern within conversion period, former Intern noncompetitively converted to a term appt, Returning Peace Corps Volunteer, etc.). Veterans with preference or have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after approx 3yrs or more of continuous active service. Addtl info: VetGuide.

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    1316 Hydrologic Technician

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