Massachusetts Water Resources Research Center at UMass Amherst


USGS Hydrologist (GS-5, GS-6 or GS-7)

Location: Northborough, MA (relocation expenses will not be paid)

Key Requirements: U.S Citizen. Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation. Valid state driver’s license and safe driving record. Applicants MUST be enrolled in graduate school (master’s or PhD) during the first year of this position. The ideal candidate will be entering their final year of graduate study in fall 2017, such that they graduate in spring 2018. This position is a one year term-position, part- or full-time, and will start this spring. After one year of employment, the position may be converted to permanent.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The U.S. Geological Survey, New England Water Science Center is in search of an early career scientist to join our Surface Water Quality Studies Section. The scientist will provide data analysis, interpretation, and writing support for numerous water quality investigations; as well as conduct field studies.
Duties will include providing support for:

• Background research and literature review.
• Collection, analysis, and integration of data from various sources.
• Data analyses.
• Preparation of graphical and tabular data summaries for inclusion in reports and presentations.
• Writing and contribution to technical reports.

Degree(s) in the aquatic, environmental, ecological, or natural sciences are required. Subject matter background in limnology and biogeochemical processes is ideal. The candidate must have a strong interest in being an active participant in water quality data analysis, interpretation, synthesis, and writing. Specific skills required include:
• Strong data management and analysis skills.
• Experience applying statistical and other quantitative techniques to water quality data, including the development of sound findings and conclusions following analysis.
• Training and experience with R, or other programming language data analysis software with the ability to quickly learn R.
• Experience with Microsoft Excel/Word macros and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) programming.
• An understanding of watershed-based planning and watershed management principles; and demonstrated knowledge of the Federal and State Water Quality Management Programs.
• An understanding of watershed and water quality models, their limitations, and their applicability (desired, but not required).
• Proficient in the ESRI suite of ArcGIS software and geoprocessing tools (desired, but not required).

The preferred candidate will have a professional demeanor, be highly motivated, and possess excellent quantitative, problem-solving, and written and oral communication skills. Excellent organizational skills are a must, with strong attention to details. The preferred candidate will be able to work on multiple projects concurrently, meet tight deadlines, and work well both independently and as a member of a team. Candidates must have demonstrated experience and knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of limnology, aquatic chemistry, and hydrology.

Qualified candidates should send a brief cover letter (describing relevant field and laboratory experience) and a resume to lblake[at]usgs[dot]gov no later than Friday, April 28, 2017.