Student Trainee (Hydrology)

USGS Wisconsin Water Science Center

Job Overview

General Information
This position is year-round. During the school year part-time hours will apply; however, during school breaks and the summer period, full-time hours may apply. The work schedule may be adjusted to meet the needs of the student's schedule.

In order to be eligible to receive consideration for this position, you must be able to: (1) report to the duty station location listed in this vacancy announcement, if selected; and (2) be available to work the schedule identified.

Salary NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

GS-07: $19.49 (Step 01) to $25.34 (Step 10)

Eligibility Requirements
In order to be eligible for an appointment under the Pathways Internship Program:

- You must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a degree or certificate program on a full- or half-time basis as defined by the school (certificate program means post-secondary education, in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum); AND
- Enrollment is with a qualifying educational institution such as a high school or state-approved homeschool; or accredited technical or vocational school; a 2- or 4-year college or university; a graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school); or a post-secondary home school curriculum; AND
- Students currently enrolled must be in good academic standing maintaining a 2.0 grade point average on a cumulative basis; AND
- The duties of this position should be related to your academic or career goals.
- You must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of your appointment under the Pathways Internship Program.

The USGS Wisconsin Water Science Center is seeking graduate level students working towards a degree in physical or natural science, or engineering to gain practical experience in hydrology.

As a Student Trainee (Hydrology) you will serve in a trainee capacity, performing routine and recurring development assignments to acquire knowledge and understanding of functions, principles, practices, and methods used in the area of hydrology.

Duties include:

- Collecting and analyzing hydrologic data.
- Managing existing hydrological databases and supporting data needs of hydrological modeling and monitoring.
- Receiving and entering data in a variety of formats using R, Microsoft Access, Excel and Arc GIS for transforming data for import into a central database.
- Compiling scientific information and write text on a wide variety of hydrological issues.
- Working with other scientists serving as members of project teams in the analysis of hydrologic information.
- Managing, controlling, developing, coordinating and executing assigned programs and their documentation requirements to ensure data/document management.

Work environment: fieldwork requires considerable walking, lifting, bending, climbing, and stream wading to collect data. Field conditions may include extreme heat or cold, rain or snow, and hazardous conditions such as ice or flooding.

Travel Required: Occasional travel up to 1-3 days per month may be required.

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
- Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
- Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
- The entire period served under the Intern Program counts as a trial period.
- Housing will not be provided.
- Selectee subject to successful completion of a pre-employment medical exam.

This internship is geared toward students majoring in one of the following areas of study: physical or natural science, or engineering.

For more information on basic qualifications, please click on the following: Hydrology 1315 job series -

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: All applicants must meet A or B below to satisfy the basic education requirement for the Student Trainee (Hydrology) position at all grade levels:

A. Degree: 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

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

GS-07: In addition to the basic education requirement stated above, applicants must meet at least one of the following to qualify for the GS-07 level:

A. One year of appropriate specialized experience that is equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience includes: collecting water-quality samples from lakes, streams or ground-water wells by following specified guidelines; participating in studies on water resource issues using principles of hydrology, and related physical, chemical, and biological sciences; researching, compiling, and assembling data and information from various databases and sources; developing formal data analysis packages in the R statistical language; programming in R statistical language to develop complex data visualization and multivariate statistics for hydrologic, water chemistry, climate, geospatial and other natural resource data; participating in the preparation or review of scientific or technical reports; OR

B. Successful completion of one year of graduate level education (18 semester hours, 27 quarter hours or the equivalent) in hydrology or other directly related field of study if it provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of this position; OR

C. Superior Academic Achievement based on undergraduate study (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT); OR

D. Equivalent combination of successfully completed graduate level education and professional experience, as described above (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO COMBINE GRADUATE EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE).

All applicants must meet qualification and eligibility requirements 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?

- Students who successfully complete the internship program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent appointment or a term (1-4 years in duration) appointment without further competition. Eligibility requirements for conversion: must be a U.S. Citizen; complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program (*may waive up to a total of 320 hours under specific conditions); successfully complete your degree or certificate requirements from a qualifying institution; meet the qualification requirements for the position to which you will be converted; meet agency-specific requirements as outlined in the Participant's Agreement; and must have performed successfully in your position as documented through performance evaluations. NOTE: To learn more about the conditions under which a portion of the work experience hours may be waived, visit
- If converted to a permanent or term appointment, the anticipated target position will be Hydrologist with full performance level of GS-09; however, the target position and FPL may change based on the need of the organization at that time. Interns must meet the qualification requirements for the position to which converted.
- If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts &/or letter from the school stating you are enrolled in a degree/certificateprogram on at least a half time basis in good standing and your expected graduation date.
- 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.
- 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.
- The position requires a medical exam at the government's expense.


Deadline: Friday, March 24, 2017