Supervisory Hydrologist, GS-1315-14, (DEU-SM)

Washington D.C.
Jul 12, 2017
Jul 26, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

*Are you an Hydrologist professional looking for a position in the Federal workforce? *Do you have a passion for providing customer service? *Do you want to be part of an important aspect of the Federal Government, helping with exciting and groundbreaking incentives? If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this is the job for you! Come join the USGS and start doing the job you've always dreamed of!

Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?
Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

There is only 1 position to be filled for this vacancy.

Salary: $112,021 (Step 01) to $150,349 (Step 10); NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

This position is being advertised concurrently with the following announcement: Open to current or former Federal employees: RES-2017-0238

  • Occasional Travel
  • Overnight travel up to 3 nights per month is required

  • Yes
  • Relocation is authorized.

  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.
  • Selectee must provide a valid state driver's license & safe driving record.
  • This position requires completion of a pre-employment medical examination
    • For information on basic qualifications, which includes information on whether you may substitute education for specialized experience, please click on the following: If you are qualifying based on specialized experience, you must meet the requirements listed below:
    For GS-14:

    In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants must have one year of appropriate professional experience in hydrology that is equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service.

    Examples of such experience could include serving as a senior expert involved in hydrologic work for which technical problem definitions, methods and/or data were highly incomplete, controversial, or uncertain and whose evaluations and recommendations were accepted by others as those of a technical expert in hydrology. At this level, Hydrologists typically represent an authoritative source of consultation for other scientists and program specialists, are called upon to resolve issues that significantly affect hydrologic programs, make long range and controversial proposals and defend their findings and recommendations in public or high level forums.
    • You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

    • 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.
    • Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:

    Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?

    • Because this position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent account balances from a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their existing obligation before a new card can be issued.
    • A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
    • Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.
    • This position requires completion of a one year supervisory probationary period, if one has not previously been completed. If selected for this position, you may be required to file one or more financial statements and/or a procurement integrity certification of compliance upon reporting and annually, some of which may be subject to public disclosure
    • This vacancy is limited to the first 25 applications received and will close at midnight Eastern Time on the day this application limit is reached regardless of the closing date specified in this vacancy announcement. Any application received prior to midnight Eastern Time of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered. You are strongly encouraged to submit all required supporting documents at the time of application should the vacancy close earlier than stated in this announcement due to the applicant limit being reached. Supporting documents will not be accepted once the vacancy announcement closes.

    Not Applicable


    As a SUPERVISORY HYDROLOGIST within the OFFICE OF THE DELAWARE RIVER MASTER, some of your specific duties will include:

    • Direct day-to-day operational activities including the maintenance and operation of the relevant data-collection networks, computations of river water balances, and formation and communication of directed releases from New York City Delaware River reservoirs to ensure compliance with the 1954 Supreme Court Decree adjudicating water rights in the upper basin.
    • Research, propose and implement improvement in operational processes (i.e. network operations, hydrologic prediction, flow routing and reservoir release design).
    • Serve as a scientific advisor among various agencies in the Delaware River Basin as regards implementation of the 1954 Supreme Court Decree and related flow management programs.
    • Promote technical findings and help resolve technical water issues among the basin officials as related to the 1954 Supreme Court Decree and related flow management programs.
    • Operate a government vehicle as an incidental driver.
    The work is generally sedentary, but may involve limited fieldwork requiring walking on rough or even terrain and lifting, carrying, and using moderately heavy (25 pounds) equipment.

    The U.S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

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