Position Details

Hydrologist (FW1601-NV-001)

ID: FW1601-NV-001 Location: Reno, NV Posted Date: 2/27/2024 Agency: FWS
Wage/Hr: $100.00 Hours/Week: 8 hrs/week - Estimated 390 hrs     Minimum Age: 55

The Fish and Wildlife Service Experienced Services Program was established to create a unique partnership to help solve the workforce issues facing government agencies. The Fish and Wildlife ESP connects experienced workers (age 55+) to the Fish and Wildlife Service to provide scientific, technical, and administrative services in support of the Fish and Wildlife Service priority multiple-use related programs and authorities. The experienced workers participating in the Program are referred to as Enrollee and are not employees of FWS or National Experienced Workforce Solutions (NEW Solutions). NEW Solutions is the ESP Non-governmental organization (NGO) responsible for administrative aspects of the Program, and the Enrollees work under Fish and Wildlife Service direction to assist the Agency staff in carrying out the Fish and Wildlife Service mission. Fish and Wildlife Service ESP Enrollees benefit from the opportunity to keep technical skills current, to access new training opportunities, to engage in gainful project-based positions, and to undertake meaningful tasks using their experience and talent to contribute to the environment, the national economy and their own financial security. Background security investigation may be required prior to start date. Location, hours and hourly pay are noted in this position description. FWS ESP positions are meant to provide temporary, project-based support. This position is currently funded for approximately 390 hours at 8 hours per week. (this is subject to change based on budget and other factors).


The primary function will be to assist the Reno Fish and Wildlife Office by reviewing a groundwater hydrology model, EIS, and associated permit from Nevada Department of Environmental Protection for a permitted lithium mine project in Nevada. Lesser amounts of time may be spent assisting the Southern Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office or Reno Fish and Wildlife Office with review of documents, hydrologic models, and monitoring/mitigation recommendations associated with other projects that may impact hydrologic resources such as solar or utility installations or gold or lithium mines.

  • Review/analysis of impacts and potential development of mitigation for Thacker Pass Lithium Mine project near Orovada, Nevada. 50%
  • Review/development of groundwater dependent ecosystem monitoring and mitigation plan for the North Bullfrog Gold Mine project in Oasis Valley, Nevada. 10%
  • Review/analysis of impacts and potential development of mitigation for impacts to the Death Valley Flow System from various utility-scale solar development projects. 10%
  • Review/analysis of potential impacts to Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge from the “Let's Go Lithium” exploration project. 10%
  • Review Rhyolite Ridge hydrology plan for impacts to Fish Lake Valley tui chub. 10%
  • Additional assistance reviewing project plans and hydrologic models such as Baltazor Geothermal Development project, South Railroad Mine, etc. 10%


Minimum of 10 year(s) of experience in hydrology in the Great Basin. OR MA/MS Degree

  • Experience required with Windows, MS Word, MS Excel, MS Teams, MS Outlook


  • Remote work arrangements are available for this position.

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NEW Solutions is committed to promoting equal opportunity and to an environment free from discrimination and harassment in any form administering Experienced Worker Programs under cooperative agreements with federal agencies. It is NEW Solutions’s policy to comply with all applicable laws that provide equal opportunity and to prohibit unlawful discrimination in enrolling participants in the federal programs.