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

About Us:
Boise State University is located along the banks of the Boise River and a short stroll from the state capitol. We are committed to an innovative, transformative, and equitable educational environment that supports student success, and advances Idaho and the world.
Boise State 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. Applications from individuals of all backgrounds and identities are welcomed.
Learn more about Boise State and living in Idaho’s Treasure Valley at https://www.boisestate.edu/about/
Job Summary/Basic Function:

Boise State University seeks to hire two contractors to work at the Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR) in Boise, Idaho to provide long-term support related to a variety of water projects, programs, and initiatives including the Statewide Water Level Monitoring Program, the Managed Recharge Program, and other IDWR/IWRB projects and initiatives. These positions require a combination of office and field time. Field work may involve multiple days at a time away from Boise and the ability to lift and/or otherwise carry 40 pounds of equipment.

Duty Station: Idaho Department of Water Resources State Office in Boise, Idaho

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:

The contractor will assist with various IDWR tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Drilling oversight for the construction of new monitoring wells;
  • Conducting groundwater level, lake level, and stream flow measurements utilizing an assortment of devices in a wide range of conditions;
  • Collecting water quality samples from wells and surface water locations, sometimes at remote locations throughout Idaho;
  • Processing, entering, and analyzing monitoring data utilizing IDWR applications and databases;
  • Coordinating with local water users to access sites and to understand regional water issues;
  • Installation, maintenance, and collection of data from a variety of monitoring equipment including transducers and cellular-based telemetry units, and downloading electronic data from data loggers as necessary;
  • Collect geological samples, and GPS coordinates of sampling and measuring locations;
  • Performing data QA/QC checks, and helping maintain data standards and database design;
  • Assist with the analysis of a wide range of data associated with the IDWR/IWRB programs and projects,
  • Responding to inquiries for data and information from a broad spectrum of individuals and entities; and,
  • Developing reports and presentations.  Present findings to local stakeholder groups.
  • 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 or independently, both in the field and in the office, as applicable to the position.
  • Ability to develop working relationships with partners and vendors.
  • Experience conducting outreach.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated time management and organizational skills.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • B.S degree in hydrology, geology, water resources or related field of study and at least 2 years of post-bachelor's work experience in a role that is similar to that of a Research Assistant.
  • Education or demonstrated experience in collection of hydrogeologic data.
  • Education or experience with computerized data management and analysis systems, such as GIS software (ArcMap/ArcPro), spreadsheet software (Excel), and database software.
  • Current Idaho driver’s license or able to obtain upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S. in hydrology, geology, water resources or related field of study.
  • Experience with water quality sampling and data analysis.
  • Experience with installation of dataloggers and use of high-accuracy GPS.
  • Knowledge of database design and maintenance best practices.
  • Experience with web development (ESRI ArcGIS Online, WordPress) and data visualization techniques/software (Tableau / D3).
  • Proficient with programming languages to assist with analyses and web development (Python, FORTRAN, R, JavaScript etc.).
Salary and Benefits:

This position is salaried with a target annual salary of $54,000-$57,000, depending on qualifications. 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 https://www.boisestate.edu/hrs/benefits/.

Required Application Materials:

Resume/CV and Cover Letter



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