NPS Vacancy Announcement: Hydrologist

Summary

This position is located in Resource Stewardship and Science, in the Division Of Natural Resources and Science; and serves as a senior principal advisor in hydrology, with a focus on urban systems for parks throughout the region. The hydrologist is responsible for program development and implementation related to hydrology and water resources.

Responsibilities

  • Analyzes complex urban and natural water resource issues related to the management of park lands.
  • Evaluates potential impacts on water quality, water quantity and channel morphology by planned or existing land use activities, both within and external to park boundaries.
  • Prepares management and scientific reports, appropriate data summaries and displays, and provides technical interpretations and recommendations.
  • Utilizes standard computer programming to process and analyze hydrologic, hydraulic, and hydrochemical computer models.
  • Conducts comprehensive water resource studies involving the development of quantitative hydrologic and hydraulic information for wetland/riparian restorations, hazardous materials evaluations, engineering designs, floodplain management and associated processes.
  • The incumbent develops and implements scientifically credible protection, mitigation, and restoration projects needed to repair and/or maintain water resources, stream channels, and wetland habitats.
  • Provides technical guidance to parks and the region by recommending approaches to address complex water resource problems.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – Occasional travel for meetings and training will be required

Supervisory status: No

Promotion Potential: 12

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.
  • Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
  • You may be required to operate a government motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued driver’s license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid State issued driver’s license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year, or more frequently if management determines such need exists.
  • If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
  • Applicants must be at least (1)18 years old or (2) at least 16 years old and: (a) Have graduated from high school or been awarded a certificate equivalent to graduating from high school; or (b) Have completed a formal vocational training program; or (c) Have received a statement from school authorities agreeing with their preference for employment rather than continuing their education; or (d) Be currently enrolled in a secondary school and either work only during school vacation periods or work part-time during the school year under a formal student employment program.

Qualifications

To qualify for this position at the GS-12 grade level, you must possess at least one or all of the following by close of the announcement:

Education: 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 or specific course requirements: 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. OR Possess a combination of education and experience. 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. AND

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to, developing and preparing major portions of the resources management plan dealing with water resources and hydrology. Prepare specific action plans needed to manage and protect water resources. Coordinate water resources programs with similar activities on adjacent lands for the purposes of achieving broad ecosystem protection strategies and preventing human activities that impact resources.

Volunteer Experience: 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.

You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as “varies”.

Education

You must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

For more information, or to apply, visit the position’s USAJobs site.