Interdisciplinary Soil Scientist/Hydrologist

Department Of Agriculture Billings , MT 59101

Posted 4 months ago

  • Duties

Help Duties Summary

This position is located in the Northern Region (Region 1) on the Custer Gallatin National Forest in Billings, MT.

The incumbent conducts and interprets hydrologic surveys, soil surveys and analysis, watershed/soils rehabilitation and management planning, and provides technical guidance within the framework of multiple-use management of forest/range lands.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Jake Chaffin at 406-587-6734 or jake.chaffin@usda.gov.

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Responsibilities

  • Provides technical expertise in the analysis of soil and hydrology related information as it relates to the land management planning process.

  • Determines resource potential, suggests alternative management practices, predicts the effects of each management alternative, and assesses the resource trade-offs required at a project level.

  • Formulates and recommends projects for soils, water management, and restoration projects and provides technical evaluation and support to the development of long-range plans.

  • Participates in the land management planning process as a member of an interdisciplinary team providing technical expertise on complex environmental projects.

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

  • Independently studies water resources data needed to support the Forest's position during project-level negotiations and litigation.

  • Makes hydrologic analysis for cooperative watershed projects authorized under public law. Consults with other resource specialists in assessing the impacts of proposed programs and projects on watershed values.

  • Establishes and maintains an up-to-date inventory of proposed rehabilitation projects by priorities. Serves as leader for planning and implementation of these projects.

  • Participates as required in the development of environmental assessments or environmental impact statements.

Travel Required
25% or less - Travel is required to complete project work and for meeting and training attendance.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

None

  • Job family (Series)
    0470 Soil Science
    1315 Hydrology

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  • Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.

  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.

  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.

  • Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.

  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.

  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit e-verify.gov

Qualifications

In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.

This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the job series listed below. Applicants may only be appointed to job series/position titles for which they meet all experience and educational requirements.

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement as defined below. Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp

Basic Requirement for the Soil Science Series (0470):

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 soil science or a closely related discipline that included 30 semester hours or equivalent in biological, physical, or earth science, with a minimum of 15 semester hours in such subjects as soil genesis, pedology, soil chemistry, soil physics, and soil fertility.

OR

Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in soil science or a related discipline that included at least 30 semester hours in the biological, physical, or earth sciences. At least 15 of these semester hours must have been in the areas specified above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Basic Requirement for the Hydrology Series (1315):

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.

OR

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 meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below.

For the GS-11 level (all series):

Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience includes: Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting watershed data for input into environmental reports; Participating as a member of an interdisciplinary team for natural resource/land management planning; Preparing reports of findings for interpretive studies summarizing the results of hydrologic investigations; and/or Supplying soil and hydrology related information to the land management planning process.

OR
3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly related to position being filled).

OR

An appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.).

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.

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.

Education

See above for education that may be qualifying for the specific grade level.


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