Research Associate (Hydrogeologic Technician)

Boise State University

Boise, ID, United States 🇺🇸

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Job Summary/Purpose:

The Hydrogeologic Technician will perform and assist with all aspects of field work, data collection, database management, website maintenance, and analyses related to the Idaho Water Resource Board’s (IWRB) Managed Aquifer Recharge Program along with assisting on various projects at the Idaho Dept. of Water Resources (IDWR) State Office in Boise, ID.

Level Scope:

Fully competent and productive professional contributor who applies acquired job skills, policies, and procedures to complete substantive assignments/projects/tasks of moderate scope and complexity.  Works independently with general supervision. Exercises judgment within defined guidelines and practices to determine appropriate action.  May provide guidance, assistance, and training to entry-level professionals, support employees, and students.


The Hydrogeologic Technician will assist with various task related to the operations and analysis of the IWRB Managed Recharge Program including, but not limited to:

    1. A variety of field work related to various monitoring programs and initiatives associated with the IWRB Recharge Program:
      1. Water quality sampling from groundwater and surface water location at sometimes remote locations throughout Idaho,
      2. Installation, maintenance, and collection of data from a variety of monitoring equipment including transducers and cellular based telemetry units,
      3. Groundwater level and surface water flow measurements utilizing an assortment of devices in a wide range of conditions,
      4. Field supervision and borehole logging during monitoring well drilling,
      5. Assist with hydrogeologic dye-trace studies in the field and office,
      6. Field investigations for potential monitoring locations, monitor wells, and recharge sites.
    2. Non-field work is largely related to the management, analysis, and reporting of data related to the IWRB Recharge Program, including but not limited to:
      1. QA/QC of the data collected and database entry,
      2. Assist with  and maintain the Recharge Program’s database for water quality, surface flows, and groundwater data,
      3. Assist with future development and maintenance of the IWRB Recharge Program website
      4. Assist with contract development and management,
      5. Assist with the analysis of a wide range of data associated with the Recharge Program,
      6. Assist with the development and presentation of oral and written reports related to program studies and status.
    3. Perform other hydrogeologic duties and analyses as directed by the IWRB and IDWR.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • Working knowledge of scientific principles, research design, and research protocols, including analysis and collection of samples
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to perform field or laboratory work, as applicable to the position
  • Ability to learn new skills with an appropriate amount of training
  • Ability to develop working relationships with research partners and vendors
  • Experience with conducting outreach
Minimum Qualifications:
  • B.S. in hydrologic sciences, geology, water resources or related field of study.
  • Education or demonstrated experience in collection of hydrogeologic data.
  • Experience with computerized data management and analysis systems, including GIS software (ArcView/ArcInfo), spreadsheet software (Excel), and database software.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated time management and organizational skills.

Current Idaho Driver’s License.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • M.S. in hydrologic sciences, geology, water resources or related field of study.
  • Experience with water quality sampling and data analysis.
  • Proficient with programming languages to assist with analyses and web development (Python, FORTRAN, R, JavaScript etc.).
  • Experience with web development (ESRI ArcGIS Online, WordPress) and data visualization techniques / software (Tableau / D3).

Knowledge of database design and maintenance best practices

Salary and Benefits:

This position is salaried with a target hourly rate of $23.50 to $26.00. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Cover letter and resume.