Research Analyst

Tucson, AZ, US

Position Summary


The Research Analyst will implement the Water RAPIDS (Research and Planning Innovations for Dryland Systems) program and assist with research and engagement efforts for the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program (TAAP). The position is ideal for post-doctoral researcher or an individual with a master’s degree and prior research and project coordination experience. The Water RAPIDS program is focused helping communities balance a secure water future for residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural sectors with the water demands of the natural environment through research, outreach, and technical assistance. The TAAP program, which in Arizona focuses on the Santa Cruz and San Pedro binational aquifers, is a federally funded program implemented by the USGS Arizona Water Science Center and the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) designed to further understanding of the shared groundwater resources in the United States and Mexico. In this position, the Research Analyst will work with governmental and non-governmental organizations throughout Arizona, the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico, engaging stakeholders on water management issues ranging from understanding transboundary aquifers to water needs of natural areas.
This is a grant-funded position with 16 months of existing support. The position may be of this duration and may be extended depending on availability of funding

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
  • Perform research and analysis as needed to support the Water RAPIDS program, including, but not limited to, water management policy and planning; watershed restoration, management, and planning; and urban water use and conservation.
  • Coordinate the TAAP program, including engagement and research activities.
  • Adapt information on environmental water needs, management tools, scientific concepts, and policy strategies into a guidebook and other materials for use by land and water managers.
  • Present information to regional, statewide, and international stakeholder groups and collect information from stakeholders in both formal and informal venues. Current grants are focused on Graham, Greenlee, and Gila counties, the southwest and Mexico.
  • Develop program outreach plans, targeted stakeholder engagement tools and trainings to assist with water planning.
  • Under the supervision of the Director and together with the other WRRC staff, manage existing grants and seek opportunities for additional funding.
  • Communicate with and assist key collaborators.
  • Write and/or edit materials for academic and general audiences.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Qualitative and quantitative research synthesis skills, including ability to understand and interpret statistical techniques, models, and comparative research methods.
  • Substantial familiarity with groundwater management and Arizona’s water policies and planning processes.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communications skills.
  • Knowledge of public outreach and stakeholder engagement methods.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Access, Excel, and Powerpoint.
  • Ability to interact effectively with a diverse array of individuals and groups.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in a water-related field with relevance to the position description and requirements (e.g. Hydrology, Environmental Science, Watershed Management).
  • Two years of professional experience in research, policy analysis, and/or outreach.
  • Travel throughout the state and to Mexico is required. Therefore, a valid Arizona’s Driver’s license and acceptable driving record are required. Travel time may be up to 25%, including day trips and overnight stays.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Spanish language proficiency
  • Ph.D. or five years of professional experience in research, policy analysis, and/or outreach.
  • Knowledge of ArcGIS and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Experience preparing grant proposals and securing funding opportunities.
  • Demonstrated record of working effectively with stakeholders.
  • Prior experience working with a range of environmental, governmental, and research organizations.
  • Experience developing outreach materials including research posters, informational brochures and publications.
  • Ability to work independently and professionally with minimal supervision and direction.
Full Time/Part TimeFull Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week40
Job CategoryResearch
Benefits EligibleYes – Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay$48,000 Annually
Type of criminal background check required:Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting NumberA20913
Number of VacanciesOne
Desired Start Date08/08/2016
Position End Date (if temporary) 
Limited to Current UA EmployeesNo
Contact Information for Candidates

LaVonne K. Walton
[email protected]
(520) 621-5648

Open Date06/17/2016
Close Date 
Open Until FilledYes
Review Begins On07/06/2016
Special Instructions to Applicant

Required Documents-Writing sample
Please submit a writing sample that demonstrates your ability to communicate on water-related research or projects.

Please note: You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references within your application. Should you be selected as a finalist for this position, your references may receive an automatic email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation.