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Hydrologic Technician – Helena, MT

Posted by margaret.kent | April 7, 2020

Hydrologic Technician, GS-5/6/7/8/9 (MP-KW) & Hydrologic Technician, GS-1316-5/6/7/8/9 (DEU-KW)


As a HYDROLOGIC TECHNICIAN within the Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

– Test, install, and troubleshoot hydrologic instrumentation such as satellite data collection platforms (DCPs), electronic data loggers (EDLs), samplers, and associated equipment.

– Standardize, repair and modify electronic instruments such as digital and electronic recorders, water quality monitors, GOES platforms, pressure transducers, automatic water-quality samplers, sediment samplers, well loggers, laboratory and field grade water-quality parameter measuring equipment.

– Maintain continuous water quality sondes/sensors and data loggers, including coding, servicing and calibration.

– Experience in the collection of hydrologic data for scientific studies including surface-water hydraulics and water quality.

– Compute and check water-quality records from field samples.

– Operates a motor vehicle as an incidental driver.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS – The work regularly requires considerable dexterity, agility, and strenuous physical exertion such as that needed to: climb or work from tall ladders or scaffolding; work in areas where footing is treacherous such as on slippery river banks, in steep or rocky terrain, and in fast-moving water; lift heavy objects weighing 23 kilograms (over 50 pounds) or more; crouch or crawl in constricted areas; and defend oneself or others against physical attack.

WORK ENVIRONMENT – The work regularly involves moderate risks or discomforts associated with visiting field sites with limited access, adverse weather or flooding conditions, or exposure to irritant or toxic chemicals.  Incumbent may be required to operate a variety of government-owned vehicles including small watercraft, ATVs, etc. Work may require the use of special clothing or gear such as masks, coats, waders, boots, goggles, respirators, or life jackets.

Washington State University