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Lead Hydrologist, GS-1315-13 (MAP)

Company: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Location: Calera
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

  • Duties




This position is located in the National Weather Service (NWS), Southern Region, Weather Forecast Office (WFO) with one vacancy in each listed location: Calera, AL and Albuquerque, NM.

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The working title for this position is Senior Service Hydrologist. As a Senior Service Hydrologist, you will perform the following duties:

  • Provide technical and administrative support for the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) hydrologic service program(s) in a geographically or organizationally complex support area.
  • Develop, maintain, and update a diverse and sophisticated suite of local hydrometeorologic models, data management procedures, and information exchange activities required to provide hydrologic forecasts and information to a geographically or organizationally diverse group or offices outside the National Weather Service (NWS) such as state emergency management and water resources agencies and to NWS offices.
  • Oversee the WFO portion of the National Flood Verification Program which includes writing flood damage assessments, flood reports, and monthly reports of river and flood conditions.
  • In cooperation with other senior level Hydrologists, Forecasters, and Program Managers, liaise with local, state, and Federal agencies regarding existing hydrologic data networks and data exchange activities; and coordinate and provide appropriate levels of hydrologic training for WFO staff in the designated support area.
  • Work operational forecast shifts, working with senior forecasters and coordinating forecast products for consistency.

Travel Required

25% or less - Up to 25% of domestic travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

1315 Hydrology

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  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Time-in-grade/band must be met by closing date of announcement.

This position requires a Public Trust (Moderate Risk) Security Clearance.

  • A one year probationary period may be required.
  • Payment of relocation expenses is authorized.
  • This position is in the bargaining unit.

College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.

Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: All operational forecasters at the WFO are required to work long arduous hours when hazardous conditions are expected or occurring. Such duty requires the ability to make quick and accurate decisions during extended periods of stressful activity.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Working on rotating shifts is routinely required with the WFO in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.


Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: This position has a positive Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of Specialized Experience OR substitution of education for experience OR combination (if applicable) in order to be found minimally qualified. Transcripts must be submitted with your application package. You MUST meet the following requirements:


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. Calculus and physics, as described above, are requirements for all grade levels.


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

  • AND-

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government.

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.

To qualify at the GS-13 level:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants must also possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:

  • Analyzing and assessing hydrologic modeling data; and
  • Preparing and issuing hydrologic forecasts, warnings and advisories.


Substitution of education for specialized experience is not applicable to this vacancy.

Keywords: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Birmingham , Lead Hydrologist, GS-1315-13 (MAP), Other , Calera, Alabama

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