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The CAWSC is Hiring a Hydrologic Field Assistant!

September 10, 2019


Do you get excited about working outdoors? Do you enjoy creative problem solving? Would you like to work part to full time in a challenging position that could lead to incredible career opportunities?

The USGS California Water Science Center operates a specialized research team at our offices in Placer Hall on the California State University, Sacramento campus. Our mission is the collection and analysis of water quality data using innovative and novel methods.

We are looking for the right candidate to help with design, construction and deployment of advanced data collection systems. The work is engaging and exciting with lots of opportunities for fieldwork and hands on experience. The right candidate would be energetic and motivated to be part of a high functioning team.

6 USGS crew members on a silver metal boat on a river with yellow bridge scaffolding in the background
A crew of USGS hydrologists heads down the Sacramento River in Isleton, CA on their way to collect water quality data in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. (Public domain.)

Preferred Skills or Experience

  • Experience or interest in working on small boats in rivers, estuaries, or coastal waters
  • Basic construction and mechanical skills
  • Familiarity with DC electronics
  • Experience with welding and metal fabrication
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite

The duties and schedule may be tailored to fit the candidate’s qualifications and availability. Current students or recent grads in geology, chemistry, biology, engineering, or other STEM fields who have shown an interest in water resources or environmental science would be very competitive applicants.





Please see the job announcement for more details >>

For questions about this opportunity, please email Thomas at or Carrie at