Research Specialist I

Texas A&M AgriLife Research

College Station, TX, USA 🇺🇸

Job TitleResearch Specialist I

AgencyTexas A&M Agrilife Research

DepartmentTexas Water Resource Institute

Proposed Minimum SalaryCommensurate

Job LocationCollege Station, Texas

Job TypeStaff

Job Description

The Research Specialist I, will work as a member of a team providing leadership and support for watershed assessment, planning, and management programs.


-Gather and assess watershed data to establish an understanding of current conditions; facilitate, coordinate, and collaborate with watershed stakeholders to relay information; and develop watershed management strategies to restore water quality in targeted areas across the state.

-Lead the development of watershed-based plans and work with watershed stakeholders to refine and implement these plans.

-Prepare educational resources including factsheets, PowerPoint slides, webpages, social media, videos, newsletters and news releases, and related materials to support project efforts.

-Collect, analyze, and interpret data for development of watershed protection plans, total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), and TMDL Implementation Plans; and lead plan development. Facilitate development and coordination of stakeholder groups.

-Participate in and eventually lead teams in field-based water quality and quantity data collection activities.

-Handle project management duties such as ensuring on-time deliverables and project reporting. Work with TAMUS administration and faculty; research and Extension personnel; federal and state agencies; non-profit organizations; personnel with

other universities, centers, and institutes; and other partnerships to plan and develop projects and grant proposals to address critical water issues in Texas.

-Support other related water management programs underway or under development at the Texas Water Resources Institute.

-Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

-Bachelor’s degree in agricultural science, engineering, environmental science, water management, or a closely related field.

-Four years of related experience.

Preferred Education and Experience:

-Master’s degree in hydrology, water management, agricultural science, engineering, environmental science, or a closely related field with coursework related to watershed management and/or natural resource management, and/or water and human health.

-Two years’ experience in watershed assessment, planning and management, and/or water quality data collection and assessment including experience using geographic information systems.

-Experience in automated hydrological/water quality field data collection.

-Experience in stakeholder facilitation and effective grant writing.

Required Special knowledge, abilities, and skills:

-Working knowledge of MS Office Suite; excellent written and oral information delivery skills.

-Ability to work outdoors in potentially inclement weather conditions and lift at least 50 lbs.

-Ability to interact effectively with diverse groups.

-Ability to multi task and work cooperatively with others.

-Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

-Ability to travel statewide as necessary to coordinate program efforts.

Preferred Special Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

-Ability to interact effectively with diverse groups including the public, agricultural interests, city and county officials, non-profit and environmental advocacy organizations, river authorities and water resource personnel from Land Grant Universities and state and federal agencies.

-Working knowledge of water monitoring systems and experimental design.

-Proficiency in GIS mapping and assessment; statistical assessment of environmental data.

 -Knowledge or experience of TMDLs and WPPs.


All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.





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