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Robert Mertens

I'm a Physical Science Technician (PST) for the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Washington. My focus is trouble shooting electronics, wireless communications, and assisting research personal in collection of real time seismic data. Outside of work my hobbies are trail running, riding mountain bike, reading, travel, and trying new restaurants. 

Professional Experience

  • Physical Science Technician, Cascade Volcano Observatory (CVO), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
    Oct 2018 - Present
    Vancouver, Washington US

  • Hydrology Technician, Mystic Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
    May 2017 - Oct 2018
    Rapid City, South Dakota US

  • Physical Science Technician, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, National Park Service (NPS)
    Apr 2016 - Dec 2016
    Three Rivers, California US

  • Radio Operator (0621), United States Marine Corps
    Aug 2003 - Aug 2007

Education and Certifications

  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City South Dakota
    Graduate certificate GIS & Remote sensing
    2017 - 2017

  • University of South Dakota, Vermillion South Dakota
    Bachelors of Science Earth Science
    2012 - 2015

  • Mitchell Technical Institute, Mitchell South Dakota.
    Associate of Arts and Sciences - AAS in Satellite Communications
    2008 - 2010

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars

  • Disable American Veterans

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government