USGS – Hydrologist Vacancy in Columbia

March 18, 2022

The USGS South Atlantic Water Science Center is looking for 2 experienced hydrologists (GS-9 or GS-11, term-limited) to join our team in Columbia, SC or Raleigh, NC. As a part of our team, you’ll propose and manage water-quality projects, write reports, and oversee water-quality monitoring. Qualified candidates will have experience with water-quality field methods, data analysis, GIS/geospatial skills, and presenting science to a variety of stakeholders. Strong writing and statistical modeling skills are also required. We have a growing portfolio of projects with federal, state, and local partners, and an innovative team of talented scientists.

The USGS serves our Nation and world by providing premier water-resources science aligned with society’s needs.  If you are passionate about science and public service and are up for a rewarding challenge, we want to hear from you!

Benefits:  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.

Pay:  Varies by office location and grade. Please see job announcement.


The vacancy is open March 14-18.  If you apply, you will be considered for both positions.  You can apply at:


As a Hydrologist within the South Atlantic Water Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Plans and performs hydrologic and water quality studies.
  • Collects hydrologic, water-quality, hydrogeologic, and geospatial data.
  • Analyzes and interprets data by using statistical and geospatial techniques and numerical models.
  • Applies scientific and technical expertise to hydrologic and water-quality investigations.
  • Communicates scientific information orally and in writing to both technical and technical personnel.
  • Operates a government owned or leased vehicle as a incidental driver.


If you have questions about the position, please contact Mary Giorgino (


Here are a few tips so you don’t inadvertently disqualify yourself:

  • IMPORTANT: Since this is a professional series position, there is a basic education requirement. This means that if you don’t have the required coursework, you will be disqualified from further consideration:
    Successful completion of a bachelor’s or higher degree in 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.
  • You must submit unofficial transcripts from all schools where you completed the coursework required for this position. The transcripts are needed to confirm that you have completed the required coursework for the basic education requirement.
  • Resumes should include a month and year, along with your relevant work experience underneath each period of employment.  Your resume should contain enough details about your work experience for us to determine whether you have the specialized experience or not.  If you have current or prior federal service, please list the grade levels in your resume.
  • You MUST submit ALL required documentation prior to the announcement closing. All documents must be legible. Sometimes the documents submitted are hard to read, or the file is corrupted and we can’t access your documents. We CANNOT accept late documents.
  • Please Note: The above information and much more can be found on the HELP section of the USAjobs site. It goes more into detail regarding the federal hiring process, proper resume format and more: