Supervisory Hydrologic Technician

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Davie, FL
Added: March 20, 2024

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

This is a time limited assignment not-to-exceed 1 year, that may be extended within regulatory time limits or made permanent without further competition or terminated at management discretion. At the end of the assignment you will be returned to a position equivalent in tenure and grade as your former position.

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This job is open to

  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL) Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.
  • Internal to an agency Current federal employees of this agency.

Clarification from the agency

Open only to current USGS employees serving on permanent competitive service career or career-conditional appointments.


As a Supervisory Hydrologic Technician within the Caribbean Florida Water Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Planning, scheduling, and supervising the activities ofemployees engaged in the gathering of hydrologic data.
  • Leading, supervising, and motivating personnel in fundamental data collection and calculation of hydrologic records.
  • Ensuring the safety of field personnel by communicating with field personnel about site specific safety issues and taking appropriate actions to resolve problem sites.
  • Reviewing hydrologic data collected and processed by technical staff to assure acceptable accuracy and conformance to technical standards of the USGS. Assists project leaders and other staff members.
  • Promoting and maintaining cooperative relations with USGS programs, and local, State, and other Federal agencies concerned with the development and operation of hydrologic networks.
  • Operating a government vehicle as an incidental driver.

Physical Demands

The field work involves frequent physical exertion to inspect ongoing operations and to collect data in adverse weather or during flooding conditions. This can involve walking over rough, rocky, or uneven terrain or on ladders; climbing up and down banks and wading streams; lifting and carrying equipment and supplies weighing up to 75 pounds; and wading streams in all types of weather.

Work Environment

Field work regularly involves moderate risks or discomforts associated with visiting sites with limited access, working under adverse weather or flooding conditions, or being exposed to i1Titant or toxic chemicals. Many field sites are inhabited by various forms of wildlife and insects that can be harmful to humans. Work may require the use of special clothing or gear such as masks, coats, boots, goggles, respirators, or life jackets. Work performed in the office is primarily sedentary.

Requirements Conditions of Employment

Key Requirements

  • 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.
  • Selectee subject to successful completion of a pre-employment medical exam.

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.
  • This position requires completion of a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.
  • You will be required to operate a government-owned or -leased vehicle in the performance of your official duties. Applicants for this position must meet the following requirements: (1) possess a valid State license, and (2) possess a safe driving record. If selected, you will be required to provide proof of a valid State license & a copy of your driving record.
  • Taking and passing a pre-employment medical examination at Federal expense is required due to the physical demands of this job.
  • 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.
  • If you are a Federal employee applying for a promotion (under merit promotion procedures) you must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


For GS-12:

Applicants must meet the following to qualify for the GS-12 level:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 in the Federal service. Examples of such experience may include: planning and conducting the computation and collection of data from approximately thirty or more gaging stations; determining stage-discharge relations, computing rating tables and mean daily, monthly and annual discharge rates from these stations. Acting as a party chief and making indirect measurements of flood flows under extremely difficult conditions. Collecting data including that required to compute flood flows by the slope-area method, by measurement of flow over dams, by flow through culverts and by flow over embankments. Obtaining hydrologic data from published and unpublished sources and conducting hydrologic studies relative to the frequency of flood and droughts. Planning and coordinating a ground water survey program for an area that may be either a small area with complex features or a larger area with planning and coordinating problems related to the scope of the ground water survey operations.

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: .

Additional Information

Other Information:

  • Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.
  • The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
  • The Department of the Interior (DOI) places a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspectives and encourages applications from all interested eligible candidates. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) are fundamental principles that guide the Department and allow us to successfully achieve our mission.

Agency Benefits:

  • USGS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework in accordance with the DOI Telework policy and with supervisor approval. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty station identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this duty location on a regular and recurring weekly basis.
  • For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at: .
  • Working for the U.S. Geological Survey offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave , and holidays ; health, life, dental, vision, and long term care insurance, flexible spending accounts , and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System .

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