Recharge Program Hydrogeologist

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Research, College of Arts & Sciences

About Us:

Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at

Boise State University is building an inclusive community of faculty and staff whose unique skills, cultural contributions, work history, and perspectives create a rich and rewarding academic experience for our students. Research demonstrates that people thrive when they feel welcome, respected, and inspired. We seek applicants who are committed to helping us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Applications from members of historically marginalized groups, including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

Independently performs components of a research project or program as directed by a senior member of the research team. A Recharge Program Hydrogeologist may be involved in designing certain aspects of research projects and independently conducts work complementary to the overall research objectives.

Level Scope:

Fully competent and productive professional contributor who applies acquired job skills, policies, and procedures to complete substantive assignments/projects/tasks of moderate scope and complexity. Works independently with general supervision. Exercises judgment within defined guidelines and practices to determine appropriate action. May provide guidance, assistance, and training to entry-level professionals, support employees, and students

Essential Functions:

35% of Time the Recharge Program Hydrogeologist:

  • Collect, analyze, and report data
  • Coordinate with research partners and vendors
  • Assist dissemination of project results through policy briefs, white papers, reports, conferences, and peer-reviewed publications
  • Maintain instrumentation, as applicable, related to field or laboratory research
  • Provide technical support to researchers
  • May be involved in designing certain aspects of research projects. Independently conducts work complementary to the overall research objectives.
  • Train and mentor others in the use of research-related protocols, models, and instrumentation

60% of Time the Recharge Program Hydrogeologist:

  • Collecting, processing, and managing data related to surface water flow, groundwater levels, well drilling, and water quality,
  • Data analysis, QA/QC protocols, and technical database management, 
  • Oversight of well drilling and monitoring well maintenance, 
  • Installation of data loggers and high-accuracy GPS,
  • Drafting reports/memos on hydrogeologic characterizations, WQ analysis, and other technical analysis

5% of Time the Recharge Program Hydrogeologist:

  • Perform other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • Working knowledge of scientific principles, research design, and research protocols, including analysis and collection of samples
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to perform field or laboratory work, as applicable to the position
  • Ability to learn new skills with an appropriate amount of training
  • Ability to develop working relationships with research partners and vendors
  • Experience with conducting outreach
Minimum Qualifications:

Requires a minimum of Master's or equivalent degree, or Bachelor's or equivalent degree (B.S. in hydrologic sciences, geology, water resources or related field preferred), plus at least 2 years of post-Bachelor's work experience in a role that is similar to that of a Research Assistant.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S. in hydrologic sciences, geology, water resources or related field of study.
  • Experience with contract oversight
  • Experience with water quality data analysis
  • Experience with computerized data management and analysis systems, including GIS software (ArcView/ArcInfo), spreadsheet software (Excel), database software, and computer programming languages (Python, Fortran, etc.).
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated time management and organizational skills.
  • Current Driver’s License.
Salary and Benefits:

$50,502.40 annual salary. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:


Cover Letter

2-3 References



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