The Senior Research Assistant
in Watershed Quality is responsible for performing technical assistance in support
of projects pertaining to water resources management, ecological systems and
functions, watershed-scale assessment, water quality, and environmental data development.
The research work involves a high degree of expertise, creative insight, and
technical skill. The role may involve development of new theories and
methodologies as well as assisting with project management and proposal
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND
RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to the following. Other duties may
- Carry out spatial and temporal analysis using varied data sets to assess status and trends related to ecosystems, water resources, and water quality based on ecological and hydrological principles.
- Acquire, quality assure, and manage data, including
identification of new sources, to complete investigative research tasks
under Quality Assurance Project Plans.
- Applies geospatial or statistical software to investigate research questions and analyze trends, relationships, or spatial patterns.
- Develop visualizations including charts, tables, infographics, or digital materials that synthesize data for communication and outreach.
- Develops research methodologies and informs the development of monitoring plans to support environmental data operations.
literature reviews to compile, read, and organize materials for the
preparation of written project reports, summaries, and bibliographies for
submission to funding entities or publication in peer review journals.
external project communications across digital and social media platforms
in collaboration with the HARC Communications Specialist.
principal investigators in the development of research proposals for submission
to funding programs.
collaborate with other research staff to identify potential funding
project teams with the timely completion of project deliverables.
principal investigators with project management tasks such as the
completion of project progress reports, time tracking, and budgeting.
- Collaborate with other HARC researchers
on multidisciplinary projects.
- Initiate and
promote teamwork, shared learning, and integrated approaches to sustainability.
professional knowledge and skills to contribute to the achievement of HARC’s
- Serve on HARC committees or working groups as assigned.
contributions to discipline through the creation of peer review publications, technical
reports, public outreach documents, web content, external presentations, and
- Initiate and
promote external collaboration and integrated approaches to sustainability through
- Maintain broad
knowledge of state-of-the-art principles, theories, and practices in
To perform this job successfully,
an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The
requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or
ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals
with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
A Master of Science is preferred or
a minimum of a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Water Resources,
Ecosystem Management, or related discipline.
Master of Science with one to three years, or a Bachelor of Science with a
minimum of three years of related professional experience, or an
equivalent combination of education and experience.
with statistical and geospatial software, data analysis, analyzing temporal and
spatial trends, and mapping. Experience using Esri ArcGIS software including
ArcGIS Online preferred.
with the Microsoft Office suite of products including Word and Excel. Experience
with Microsoft 365 preferred.
skills in data analysis and visualization of data.
strict confidentiality of all communications, verbal and written.
- Capability of
performing routine work with limited oversight and general instruction on new
- Ability to
apply analytical/scientific thinking to define and solve research problems.
- Excellent oral
and written communication skills.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret scientific and technical journals.
Ability to develop presentations to communicate project findings and articles
for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid
conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical
instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with abstract and
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be computer literate in
word processing, spreadsheet, internet, and email software as well as project
specific software such as statistical programs and Geographic Information
The work environment
characteristics described here are representative of those an employee
encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations
may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is
occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather), and outdoor
weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
The physical demands described
here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to
successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform
the essential functions. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to
10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to
sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use
hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.