Mesonet Project Coordinator (Center for Research on the Environment)

University of Montana
Missoula, MT, United States
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)

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The Center for Integrated Research on the Environment (CIRE) invites applications for a Mesonet Project Coordinator (MPC). This position will serve in a lead role responsible for the day-to-day completion of a joint contract project between the CIRE and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

This position is designed to support and coordinate work, reporting, and permitting; and, to facilitate communications pursuant to the completion of the installation or retrofitting of over 500 snowpack monitoring stations throughout the Upper Missouri River Basin, with the ultimate project goal of improving snowpack and soil moisture monitoring in the basin. This position will serve as the primary project point of contact, responsible agent for reporting, and liaison between the US Army Corps of Engineers and five individual state-sponsored Mesonet groups installing or retrofitting the snowpack sites. This position is a full-time coordinating and reporting position, housed at the CIRE offices, on the University of Montana’s campus in Missoula, Montana.

The MPC will be required to manage multiple projects simultaneously. The complexity of tasks required to successfully manage the sensor system is high, in terms of both intellectual and personnel responsibilities.  Project tasks will include:

  • Developing site selection design methodology in partnership with the state Mesonets - utilizing GIS layers, hydrologic models and expertise from the Mesonets
  • Communicating with the relevant project stakeholders
  • Coordinating project logistics and supervising project milestones
  • Managing complex databases and analyzing project results
  • Preparing project results for the annual interagency meeting and preparing report submissions
  • Developing and coordinating snowpack and hydrologic monitoring sensor implementation
  • Collaborative development of site selection methodology designs with multiple stakeholders
  • Developing and coordinating multiple field projects
  • Producing reports for the U.S. Army Corps.

Initiative and independence will be necessary for designing and implementing strategies. The MPC will be responsible for assimilating GIS data, project data and info from the five Mesonet groups to complete Quarterly and Annual Reports, as well as update the project database records weekly.

Incumbent is expected to develop connections and familiarity with a range of stakeholders involved in natural resources management (e.g. state water resources agencies, federal entities such as the Natural Resources Conservation Service); and develop a working knowledge of University of Montana policies and practices related to managing field projects.

Position Details

  • Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Letter of Appointment and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
  • Salary for this position is $52,000 per year.

Required Education and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in natural resource management, biology, hydrology, GIS, ecological restoration, environmental engineering, as well as two (2) years of project coordination or related professional experience; or any combination of experience and education that would provide the competencies required to successfully discharge the duties assigned to this position.
  • Strong theoretical, empirical and application-based hydrological knowledge, skill with complex databases (preferably GIS).
  • Willingness to organize and manage meetings including maintaining a written record, strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Sufficient working knowledge to synchronize the following: GIS developed products, database management, soils, climatology, NEPA, and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).  
  • Familiarity with the NEPA process and (SHPO – cultural clearances).
  • Master of Science degree in Hydrology, Atmospheric or Soils Sciences, Environmental or Civil Engineering, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Science, Potamology (River Hydrology), Climatology, or a related field.
  • Experience with common GIS mapping techniques, database management, and meteorological and hydrological sample design.
  • Experience in managing field efforts, ensuring reporting compliance, and displaying communications expertise.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master of Science degree in Hydrology, Atmospheric or Soils Sciences, Environmental or Civil Engineering, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Science, Potamology (River Hydrology), Climatology, or a related field.
  • Experience with common GIS mapping techniques, database management, and meteorological and hydrological sample design.
  • Experience in managing field efforts, ensuring reporting compliance, and displaying communications expertise.