Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist (Hydrology)

Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS)
Urbana-Champaign, IL, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepare, conduct, and analyze well production tests and aquifer tests to determine well efficiency, well specific capacity, and well and aquifer yield in support of various Center projects.
  • Preparation of tests includes working with drillers and well owners to set up testing equipment for collection of water level data. Collect and map regional groundwater level data; prepare letter-reports, technical reports, and journal publications on data collected and analyses of those data.
  • Collaborate with other scientists within PRI and the University, in the preparation of proposals to secure external funding related to groundwater resources, groundwater science, and well hydraulics.
  • Fieldwork will occur in both rural and urban settings, some of which may be under adverse conditions {e.g. inclement weather, remoteness, and moderate physical exertion).
  • Travel for up to 4 days/week; working outside of normal business hours; including to Champaign-Urbana for project meetings
  • Ability to lift and manipulate field equipment and other items weighing up to 50 pounds over uneven terrain.
  • Keep abreast of developments in this discipline
  • Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of PRI.


Position Requirements and Qualifications: Education:
Required: BS in a physical science or civil/environmental engineering. Alternate fields will be accepted/considered depending on the depth of the experience as it relates to this position.

Preferred: MS degree in engineering




Required: A minimum of 2 years of experience in hydrology-related activities. Ability to perform, analyze, and disseminate results for production well and aquifer tests.


Training, Licenses or Certifications:

Required: Valid driver's license

Knowledge Requirements:

Required: Knowledge in hydrology, production well design, communication skills to work with professional well-drillers and land owners. Effective communication, personal relations, collaboration, organizational, teamwork, and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities with stringent deadlines, under minimal supervision .   Attention to detail, sound judgment, and strong conflict resolution skills. Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases. .

This is a full time, academic professional grant supported 12-month position subject to the continued availability of funding and programmatic need. Position may become a non-visiting position at a later date depending on funding and programmatic need.


The starting date is negotiable and salary is commensurate with experience.

Please complete your candidate profile at  and upload a cover letter, CV/resume, and the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) for three professional references by October 15, 2018.  Interviews may be conducted before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after the closing date.  All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

For further information, please contact Hannah Dorsey, . Or 217-333-4978. 


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