Research Assistant, Intermediate

New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI)

Las Cruces, NM, USA 🇺🇸

Job Responsibilities:

Candidate will work both independently and with an interdisciplinary team of researchers and graduate students on projects funded by NSF, USGS, USDA, and FFAR to address local, state, national, and global water challenges.

Candidate will process and analyze geospatial data in ArcGIS and ArcPro, compiling and verification of data, maintaining basic metadata, making maps, and assisting in the setup, operation, and maintenance of research equipment.

Job Duties:

Collects, processes, and assists in the compilation and verification of research data, samples, and/or specimens, following strict protocol and detailed instructions.

Performs or assists with the execution of routine research protocol, such as interviewing, testing, and/or scientific procedures.

Uses specialized analytical equipment, instrumentation, and/or statistical software, as specifically assigned, to assist with routine data analysis and interpretation, as appropriate to the position.

Assists in the setup, operation, and maintenance of research equipment, instrumentation, and/or facilities, as specifically instructed.

May travel to field research sites or other locations to collect and record data and/or samples, as appropriate to established study objectives and protocols.

Follows established departmental policies, procedures, and objectives, continuous quality improvement objectives, and safety, environmental, and/or infection control standards.

Skills and Knowledge:

Understanding of principles, procedures, regulations, and standards applicable to the job. Understanding of the University’s mission, vision, and goals.
Skill in the use of computerized systems and databases.
Ability to understand and follow basic scientific research protocol and procedure. Ability to understand and follow complex, detailed technical instructions.

Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
Requires valid driver’s license to obtain an NMSU driving permit within three months of employment.
Requires travel to field sites, presentations, etc.
Must be able to travel out of state and overnight.
Preferred qualifications for this position are: the ability to process data in ArcGIS and/or ArcPro, Python programming, knowledge of water resource challenges, ability to work with remote sensing data, an understanding of data management and metadata, and a degree in geography, natural resources, or a water-related field.

Work Schedule:
Standard in-office (M-F, 8-5)


The electronic application at is the official document that will be used to qualify applicants. Paper/email documents will not be accepted.

Applicants will need to create an NMSU account to apply for this position. All applications will need to be submitted through this online portal at

NMSU is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.






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