Research Associate (Watershed assessment, planning, and management)

Texas A&M AgriLife Research

College Station, TX, United States 🇺🇸

Job Description


-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.

-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.

-Other duties as required.

Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in agricultural science, engineering, environmental science, water management, or a closely related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience plus an additional two (2) years of related experience.

Preferred Education and Experience:

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

Two or more years of experience in watershed assessment, planning and management, and/or water quality data collection and assessment.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

-Excellent verbal and written communication/information delivery skills
-Familiarity with appropriate laboratory and/or technical equipment
-Ability to effectively utilize a computer and applicable software to create databases, perform statistical analyses, present data and perform other computer related tasks.

-Ability to multi task and work cooperatively with others.

-Working knowledge of MS Office Suite

-Ability to work outdoors in potentially inclement weather conditions.

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

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

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

-Knowledge of and experience with geographic information systems.

-Working knowledge of monitoring systems and experimental design.

-Ability to work independently without supervision.