USGS is looking to hire two recent-graduate water scientists in Pennsylvania

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The Pennsylvania Water Science Center is looking for two recent graduates, one focused on groundwater and one on water quality, to join our team. These are Term Pathways appointments for one year, with possible conversion to permanent. Ph.D. or M.S. graduates preferred.
U.S. Citizenship is required.

The USGS Pennsylvania Water Science Center plans to hire two recent-graduate (within 2 years) groundwater and water-quality hydrologists to join our team. The groundwater emphasis position will be located in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania (Harrisburg area) and the water-quality emphasis position will be located in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh area).

Current groundwater projects include studies related to pesticides in groundwater, county-wide baseline groundwater quality assessments, and integrated water availability assessment of the Delaware River Basin. Current water-quality projects include near-real-time in situ monitoring with surrogate regression model development as well as future opportunities including water-quality modeling and determining occurrence and distribution of microbes in surface waters. Regional and national opportunities are also possible.

Major duties as Hydrologist (Groundwater):

  • Evaluate groundwater use and availability, including water quality
  • Collect hydrologic data relating to groundwater quantity and quality
  • Use quantitative methods applicable to groundwater studies
  • Contribute to interpretive reports and journal articles

Major duties as Hydrologist (Water Quality):

  • Evaluate water quality as it relates to ecological and human health
  • Collect hydrologic data relating to surface water and groundwater quality
  • Use quantitative methods applicable to water-quality studies
  • Contribute to interpretive reports and journal articles

See general information about the USGS' Recent Graduates Program and "Why is it great to work for the USGS?". 

Learn more about our work and staff: Pennsylvania Water Science Center

We expect the positions to be posted on USAJOBS in November or December 2020.

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  • Agency: Geological Survey (USGS) (Department of the Interior)
  • State: Pennsylvania