JOB: Hydrologist at the National Weather Service, New Orleans, LA

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    Alicia Mazzara

    Job Title: Hydrologist,(Hydrologic Forecaster) GS-1315-7/9/11/12 (DE/CR)
    Department: Department Of Commerce
    Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    Sub Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    Job Announcement Number: NWS-SR-2011-0185

    SALARY RANGE: $38,790.00 – $89,450.00 /year
    OPEN PERIOD: Friday, June 03, 2011 to Thursday, June 16, 2011
    SERIES & GRADE: GS-1315-07/12
    POSITION INFORMATION: Competitive: Career/Career-Conditional Permanent Full time
    DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy – New Orleans Metro Area, LA
    WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: All qualified United States citizens.

    Your Career Forecast is Sunny and Bright with the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS,the world’s preeminent weather and atmospheric sciences organization, offers you an opportunity to help protect American lives and property. Since 1870, NWS has served the public by providing forecasts and hazardous weather warnings while studying the most dynamic forces of nature. Contribute your talents to this tradition. NWS…Working together to save lives.

    This position is located at the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center located in Slidell, Louisiana.

    The RFC provides hydrologic/hydrometeorologic forecast and guidance products, along with other forms of support, to NWS offices in its area of responsibility, and to non-NWS users concerned with the management and control of water. The RFC serves as a major interface with water management agencies and other interests concerned with hydrologic forecast issues.

    This position is also being advertised under announcement number NWS-SR-2011-0186 (open to status applicants). You must apply separately under each announcement to be considered for each announcement.

    This position has known promotion potential (KPP) to GS-12. A one year probationary/trial period may be required.

    Salary Ranges:

    GS-12 $68,809 – $89,450
    GS-11 $57,408 – $74,628
    GS-09 $47,448 – $61,678
    GS-07 $38,790 – $50,431

    Salaries shown include locality pay.


    * You must be a U.S. citizen.
    * You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
    * You must be suitable for Federal employment.
    * Shift work required. Must work some weekends, rotating shifts, and holidays


    The individual selected for this position will perform a wide range of assignments of considerable difficulty and complexity in hydrology and water resources.

    May perform one or more of the following:

    *perform daily hydrologic forecast functions including short-range forecasting during high water and flood events, stage forecasts, daily forecasts, river velocity forecasts, etc.;

    *perform long-range hydrologic forecasting to include spring snowmelt, flood outlooks, river volume, etc.;

    *collect, analyze,disseminate, and manage networks of basic water resource data such as information on reservoir and lake storage, ground water levels, and surface and ground water quality;

    *determine hydrologic service requirements for a designated area and coordinates those requirements with appropriate officials;

    *evaluate sites and areas subject to floods and flash floods;

    *represent hydrologic and water resource programs at public and interagency meetings and helps to resolve hydrologic related issues;

    *develop and modify hydrologic procedures, models, techniques, and plans to ensure optimal use of technologies and data;

    *utilize and maintain hydrologic warning procedures and forecast models;

    *develop, modify and utilize applicable state-of-the art computer hardware and software components in the preparation of studies of hydrological events and problems; familiarity with procedures and techniques used in computer modeling, including basin calibration, etc.

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