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December 8, 2023

Do you have experience with qualitative research, social science, or human geography? The USGS Water Resources Mission Area is forging new ground with understanding the human dimension of water resources and hazard science in our research. We are hiring Social Scientists to contribute to this work.

Apply online at, where the positions will be open to applicants starting on Monday December 18, 2023 to Friday December 22, 2023.

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About the opportunity

As a USGS Social Scientist within the Integrated Information Dissemination Division, you would lead or support multidisciplinary teams investigating human dimensions of a wide variety of water resources issues such as extreme events, water availability, and climate change. You would support projects by collecting detailed social science data that inform water availability modeling efforts, help to build understanding of water resources decisions, and build transferrable criteria that may be applicable to new geographies.

You would be involved with stakeholder engagement initiatives to determine user needs and develop products that address water-resources management needs. In addition, you would consult with natural and physical scientists interested in incorporating human dimensions into their risk-related research as to how to improve their approaches, as well as their data collection instruments and methods. 

Location negotiable.

Our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and transparency 

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees feel valued and have the support they need to thrive. We believe that a diverse team brings a wide range of perspectives, experiences and ideas that drive innovation and improve our ability to deliver cutting edge science. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups, to apply for this position when it opens. 

Contact Jennifer Rapp with questions or to express interest. 

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