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April 15, 2019

The USGS Nevada Water Science Center (NVWSC) has re-advertised the Center Director position (Supervisor Interdisciplinary, GS-1315/1350-15). It is currently advertised on USA jobs. The vacancy closes on April 26. 

The NVWSC has a diverse and innovative water science program on the leading edge of understanding impacts of groundwater withdrawals on water resources, water rights, environmental water requirements, sensitive habitats, and endangered species. The Center Director position will be filled in either the NVWSC's Carson City or Henderson office. Below is interesting information about each location:

Wild horses near a well in the Tracy Segment hydrographic area, Nevada

Carson City, the State Capitol of Nevada, is located in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  While the Sierra Nevada Mountains often have record-setting snow packs, winters are usually mild in Carson City.  There are more than a dozen ski-resorts within a few hours’ drive, as well as opportunities to enjoy the snow by snowshoe, back country ski, or snow mobile. Although Carson City is technically on the edge of the desert, summers are mild with peak temperatures generally in the mid-90's and low humidity. Within a few minutes’ drive of Carson City you can find instant summer relief hiking in the mountains or on the endless trail networks (including the famed Tahoe Rim and Pacific Crest Trails), or swimming, boating and fishing at Lake Tahoe. If you want solitude, there are opportunities waiting for you in the Great Basin where you can explore wide-open public lands.  Carson City is located within 30 minutes of Reno, the biggest little city in the world, with an abundance of shopping and other large city amenities and entertainment. Or if your idea of a getaway is to head into the urban jungles, Sacramento, the bay area and San Francisco are just over the hill.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. (Credit: Michael Pavelko, USGS. )

With a hot desert climate and mountains on all sides, residents of Las Vegas Valley (including the cities of Henderson and nearby Las Vegas) are ideally situated to take advantage of the many recreation opportunities close to home. The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, less than 15 miles west of Las Vegas, boasts breathtaking scenic drives, and attracts many outdoor enthusiasts including hikers, rock climbers, and mountain bikers. Those that still want to experience a little winter can be skiing or boarding at the Mt. Charleston ski resort in less than an hour. Lake Mead Recreation Area and Valley of Fire State Park are right next door to Henderson and offer year-round opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking, camping, sightseeing, and photography. And, those that enjoy the perks of city life will not be disappointed with the vast selection of shopping, entertainment, concerts, sporting venues (future home of the Las Vegas Raiders!), and dining that the cities of Henderson and Las Vegas provide.

Truckee River near Tracy, Nev.
Truckee River near Tracy, Nev. near USGS gaging station 10350340​​​​​​​.

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