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Department Of Agriculture Monte Vista , CO 81144

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These three positions are located on several National Forests and duty stations.

The incumbent will have responsibility for conducting and interpreting hydrologic surveys and analysis, watershed rehabilitation and management planning, and providing technical guidance within the framework of multiple-use management of forest and range lands.

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Duties listed are at the full performance level.

  • Participates in hydrologic investigations and studies required for planning and design of multi-purpose projects, such as collecting ground water data and analyzing trends; analyzing and interpreting stream flow data.

  • Maintains inventory of proposed rehabilitation and restoration projects by priority.

  • Manages watershed restoration and improvement programs, consulting with other resources specialist.

  • Assess the impact of proposed programs and projects on watershed values.

  • Records the results of studies involving extensive hydrologic data.

  • Provides professional hydrologic input into the development of the Forest Plan, which involves gathering data, analyzing data, and making recommendations.

  • Prepares reports to ensure technical and administrative quality and compliance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as well as directives related to watershed programs.

  • Performs investigations and hydrologic analysis for land management projects.

  • Gathering data, analyzing data, and making recommendations.

  • Prepares study results that include evaluation of data, trend analysis, and conclusions.

  • Makes recommendations for project modifications to reduce impacts or protect hydrologic resources.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • Meetings, training, and site visits

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

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    1315 Hydrology

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National

  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt

  • Successful completion of a one-year probationary or trial period


For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact one of the following:

Hines, OR (1 Position) This position is located on the Malheur National Forest at the Emigrant Creek Ranger District in Hines, OR. Contact Christy Cheyne, 541-573-4344 ,

Skykomish, WA or North Bend, WA (1 position) This position is located on the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest at either the Skykomish Ranger District in Skykomish, WA or Snoqualmie Ranger District in North Bend, WA. Contact Joseph Neal, 360-677-2209 ,

Monte Vista, CO (1 position) This position is located on the Rio Grande National Forest at the Supervisor's Office in Monte Vista, CO. Contact Tanner Dutton, 719-852-6286,

Recruitment or Relocation incentive may be available for the following positions:

Skykomish, WA or North Bend, WA (1 position)

Hines, OR (1 Position)

Recruitment Incentive may be paid to a newly-appointed employee.


Relocation Incentive may be paid to a current federal employee who must relocate to a position in a different geographic area (at least 50 miles from location of current position).

Positions may be filled as career ladders or could be filled at the full performance level dependent upon the individual unit's needs. Example: The selecting official may select at any grade to include the full performance level of the position. However, not all positions will be filled at the highest grade level.

Pay rates vary depending on location. Pay rates displayed above are for the Rest of the U.S. (RUS). See the OPM website at for additional information on pay rates for specific locations.

TOS: Yes (Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses

  • 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act, Public Law 115-97. Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement (or date of referral if an Open Continuous announcement) as defined below. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to:

Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources. The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics. Calculus and physics, as described above, are requirements for all grade levels.


Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Acceptable experience must have included performance of scientific functions related to the study of water resources, based on and requiring a professional knowledge of related sciences and the consistent application of basic scientific principles to the solution of theoretical and practical hydrologic problems. The following is illustrative of acceptable experience: field or laboratory work that would require application of hydrologic theory and related sciences such as geology, geo-chemistry, geophysics, or civil engineering to making observations, taking samples, operating instruments, assembling data from source materials, analyzing and interpreting data, and reporting findings orally and in writing. In some cases, professional scientific experience that is not clearly water resource experience may be acceptable if such experience was preceded by appropriate education in hydrology or by professional hydrology experience.

In addition to the requirements described above, the following additional education and/or experience are required for the grade(s) specified.

For the GS-9 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level; OR a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related; OR an appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

Examples of specialized experience are one or more of the following: Assisting senior hydrologists by carrying out routine projects. Assisting in implementing well-established hydrology programs or projects. Responding to routine questions concerning water flow or circulation. Collecting and analyzing water samples.

GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-09. Examples include one or more of the following: Selecting standard methods and procedures to plan and carry out routine hydrologic projects. Collecting and analyzing data regarding water characteristics, rainfall, etc. used to make forecasts. Writing hydrologic reports for NEPA documents.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


See above for education requirements for this position.

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