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November 3, 2023

The U.S. Geological Survey's Idaho Water Science Center is hiring one or more Physical Scientists with an emphasis on data science. Job announcements will soon open on USAJobs for permanent Federal positions at two levels of experience (GS-9 and GS-11/12). The duty station for these positions is Idaho's capital city, Boise, consistently rated among the best places to live in the U.S.

We are adding to our team as part of our continuing investment in advanced modeling and statistical capabilities, geospatial information capabilities, purpose-driven data analysis, and reproducible science.


About the Opportunities

Successful candidates will focus on physical, hydrologic, and geospatial data analysis to help answer practical water-resource research questions. Familiarity with using a variety of data collection and processing methods, reproducible data pipelines in modern programming languages (R, Python, etc.), data visualization, software development, and machine-learning models is desired. We seek candidates for two levels of responsibility.


Physical Scientist (GS-9)

This role is right for early-career data scientists looking for opportunities to grow their skills through real-world projects addressing societal needs. 


Physical Scientist (GS-11/12)

This role is right for established data scientists who are able to take an immediate leadership role in proposing and developing high-level data science projects in collaboration with our customers and USGS colleagues. 

UPDATE: This position is now OPEN for applications. The job announcement will close on November 17 or after we receive 40 applications, whichever comes first. Apply through USAJobs.

F.H. Newell lBuilding, Boise, Idaho
The F.H. Newell Building in Boise, Idaho, is the headquarters of the USGS Idaho Water Science Center and the Snake River Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation.

Who We Are

We are a team of about 80 hydrologists, geologists, hydraulic engineers, hydrologic technicians, and support staff focused on providing reliable, unbiased science information for Idaho's water-resource decisionmakers. Our main office is in the geothermally heated, environmentally designed F.H. Newell Building in northeast Boise, but we also have satellite offices in Idaho Falls, Spokane Valley, WA, and at the Idaho National Laboratory.

We work together, but we also, ski, raft, play softball, and climb together. Where else but Idaho can you work for the USGS during the week and summit USGS Peak (a 12er) on the weekend?


Our Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Transparency

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees feel valued and have the support they need to thrive. We believe that a diverse team brings a wide range of perspectives, experiences and ideas that drive innovation and improve our ability to deliver excellent, dependable science. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups, to apply for these positions.


Living in Boise

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Boise skyline in winter 2021
Downtown skyline of Boise, Idaho, February 2021. Photograph by Jyoni Shuler. This image is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Nestled between high desert and high mountains, Idaho's capital city is known as the City of Trees. Boise offers abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. Mountain biking? A network of trails is literally out our back door. Fishing? The Boise River is one mile away. Skiing, hiking, whitewater, and more are all in easy reach. Boise offers good schools, a vibrant arts scene, professional and college sports, and a safe place to call home.

Money Magazine rated Boise #11 among its Best Places to Live. U.S. News & World Report ranks Boise at #12.


How to Apply


Please read the job announcements carefully when they are posted. You will need a resume, educational transcripts, and any additional documentation listed on the USAJobs job announcement. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; if selected for a position, you will be required to provide official transcripts. So our human resources professionals can rate you as qualified, make sure your resume explicitly ties your experience to each of the qualifications listed for the grades you are applying for and the Specialized Experience section. 


Common Questions 

Q: Is this open to non-U.S. citizens? 

A: You must be a U.S. citizen or national (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) to work for the Federal Government, but there are some exceptions. More information here: 

Q: Should I use my CV/resume or the USAJobs template? 

A: Either is fine. Whichever format you choose, we recommend taking time to explicitly spell out how your experience meets the qualification requirements for the job series, GS level, and specialized experience. See USGS tips on combining education and experience and job series qualifications for  Physical Scientist (job series 1301)


Special Note

Please note that these job announcements will have application caps and may close prior to the specified end date. When the applicant count reaches 100 applications, the vacancy will close at 11:59 PM ET on the day 100 applications are submitted. All applications received before that time will be accepted.


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