Groundwater Quality Scientist (Hydrologist, Chemist or Geologist)

Sacramento, California
$66,253 (GS-11 step 01) - $103,234 (GS-12 step 10)
Apr 12, 2018
Apr 27, 2018
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The U.S. Geological Survey California Water Science Center is recruiting for a permanent GS-11/12 Scientist (Hydrologist, Chemist, or Geologist) with experience in groundwater quality studies and an interest in meeting information needs of state and local water managers. The positions is located in our main Sacramento office on the California State University, Sacramento campus.  The position is with the California Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment (GAMA) program ( ), a long-term collaboration with the State of California that provides information on water quality in groundwater resources used for drinking water supplies across the State. In its first phase, GAMA focused on an assessment of condition of groundwater supplying public water districts. In the current phase, the program is assessing domestic well supply, monitoring and predicting trends in water quality, identifying linkages between water quality and water use, and refining knowledge about human and natural processes affecting water quality and how management systems relate to all of these. Incumbents for this position should be interested in using their expertise in groundwater age dating or geochemical modeling and basin-scale study designs to contribute to an ongoing public dialog by answering key questions, elucidating patterns not commonly understood, and helping managers evaluate whether their programs are effective. Experience as lead author on interpretive reports and journal articles, and ability to work in a team environment are essential. GAMA scientists also collaborate extensively with the USGS National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) program. 

Applications for this vacancy must be received on-line via USAJOBS before midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete on-line resume and supporting documentation, you will not be considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be granted. For assistance or questions, or if applying on-line poses a hardship for you, contact Earl Emerson at the Office of Human Resources at 916-278-9399 or

Announcement numbers are SAC-2018-0178 - Open to all U.S. Citizens or SAC-2018-0177 Open to current or former Federal employees. This is a full-time permanent GS-11/12 position (Hydrologist GS-1315, Chemist GS-1320, or Geologist GS-1350) with a salary range of $66,253 (GS 11 Step 01) to $103,234 (GS 12 Step 10) depending upon qualifications and experience.  Relocation expenses are not being offered.  The closing date for this announcement is April 27, 2018.

U.S. Citizenship is required. USGS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. (SAC-2018-0178) (SAC-2018-0178)