Research Professional I (Ecohydrologist)

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ, USA 🇺🇸

Posting Number: req12728

Department: Sch of Nat Resource&Enviro-Res

Department Website Link:

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The School of Natural Resources and the Environment is looking for a candidate who will provide support for a field research program spanning various aspects of rangeland ecohydrologic research and applying rainfall simulation, overland flow, infiltrometer, and various soil and vegetation sampling methodologies. Under direction of a Research Hydrologist, the candidate will be responsible for a suite of research activities including field work with Meyer and Harmon type and oscillating arm rainfall simulators, mini-disk infiltrometers, Saturo dual head infliltrometers; lab processing of field collected water and sediment samples; and data management and analysis. Field work will include, but is not limited to, rainfall simulation and infiltration experiments and vegetation and soil measurements in remote mountainous locations under potentially extreme climate conditions as typical of the Desert Southwest. The candidate will be responsible for supervising field campaigns and maintaining field equipment. Data management/analysis will include data entry and database development, basic statistical analysis/summary, and data reduction and summarization depending on level of experience. Technical writing may include basic scientific report writing and contribution to manuscripts for publication in peer-review journals depending of level of experience. Some travel, with remote camping, will be required associated with field work and other responsibilities.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • With guidance by Research Hydrologist, plan, conduct, and lead field research experiments in various aspects of rangeland ecohydrology and erosion, including use of Meyer and Harmon rainfall simulators, overland flow simulators, mini-disk and dual head (Saturo) infiltrometers, water drop penetration time methods, and various vegetation and soil sampling protocols.
  • Process and manage large datasets from field research campaigns, including laboratory sample (water and sediment) processing, data entry, and database management.
  • Maintain field research equipment, including but not limited to rainfall simulators, infiltrometers, overland flow simulators, and other hydrologic and erosion instruments.
  • Provide general writing content and data summarizations in support of technical reports, project reporting, research publications, and grant proposals; and present research results at conferences and other venues.
  • Coordinate research project planning with collaborators spanning university, federal and state agencies, and private land owners.
  • Use of Rainfall Simulators(Meyer and Harmon and oscillating arm simulators); Overland Flow Simulators; Mini-disk Infiltrometers; and Dual Head Infiltrometers (Saturo)
  • Knowledge on Soil Water Repellency, Infiltration, Runoff, and Erosion Measurement
  • Knowledge on Vegetation and Soil Sampling and Some Soil Laboratory Methods
  • Knowledge in Use of Portable Generators, Water Pumps, and Datalogger Technologies in Support of Field Hydrology Experiments

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment (Environmental Science, Water Resources, Natural Resources, or related field) AND 1 year of related field research experience (can be seasonal experience); OR, equivalent combination of specialized experience, training and/or education.
  • Must travel for field work, often for periods of 8 consecutive days.
  • Must be able to work in lab/office settings and in remote field conditions, inclusive of high temperatures and dry arduous conditions typical of the southwestern US.
  • Must have a Valid Driver’s License and ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience conducting infiltration, runoff, erosion, soil water repellency, vegetation, and soils field experiments including use of rainfall simulators, overland flow simulations, and infiltrometers.
  • Experience with R software application in data management and summarization.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes – Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $43,729 – $50,000

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Grade: 6

Career Stream and Level: PC1

Job Family: Researchers & Scientists

Job Function: Research

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Target Hire Date:

Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates: Jason Williams,

Open Date: 12/6/2022

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant: Please include a copy of your unofficial transcripts.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.





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