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    As a Physical Scientist within the Central Midwest Water Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

    • Work as the lead project chief or assist the lead project chief on the design and execution of water-quality projects. 
    • Manage, collect, visualize, and analyze hydrologic data. Prepares material for publication, including maps, tables and other illustrative material.
    • Performs a wide variety of surface water measurements using appropriate techniques, equipment and protocols. Assures accuracy, uniformity, and compliance with technical standards.
    • Water Quality: Performs field measurements such as water temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen and alkalinity. Collects, processes, and prepares for lab analysis, a wide variety of samples using the most appropriate technique and protocol depending upon field conditions.
    • Work with staff on data retrieval and interpretation. QA/QC and routine analysis.
    • Operate government vehicle as an incidental driver.

    Physical Demands: The work requires some physical exertions and may requires prolonged standing in the laboratory environment. Field assignments involve outdoor work there is considerable walking and climbing over rough or mountainous terrain. Some work requires physical exertion such as lifting heavy objects over 50 pounds and crawling in restrictive spaces.

    Work Environment: Work performed in the laboratory may involve use of equipment which can result in exposure to dust, toxic chemicals, mechanical and electrical hazards, and noise. Special safety pre-cautions are required including use of laboratory coats, safety glasses, dust mask, gloves, etc. Work in the field may involve exposure to extreme outdoor weather conditions with exposure to poisonous growth and insects involving a high risk with exposure to dangerous situations.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel of up to 2 nights per month may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/552025100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.