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Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Hydrogeologist
Location Boise
Division/College University Research (Div)
Department Idaho Geological Survey
FLSA Status Overtime Exempt
Employee Category Exempt
Pay Range Commensurate with experience up to $65,000
Type of Appointment Fiscal Year


Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Funding This position is contingent upon the continuation of work and/or funding.

Position Responsibilities

Internal Posting?
Position Summary

The Hydrogeologist position is the technical lead for hydrogeologic, geothermal energy, and groundwater research at the Idaho Geological Survey (IGS).The Hydrogeologist is versed in groundwater modeling, the design and monitoring of groundwater networks, the collection and interpretation of hydrogeologic/groundwater data, the characterization of aquifers, and geothermal resource development. The Hydrogeologist solicits funds from external research grants, develops and administers budgets, supervises staff involved in hydrogeology-related projects, and publishes and presents research results. Necessary field skills include, but are not limited to, measuring water levels in wells, collecting groundwater samples, conducting aquifer tests, and supervising well installations and drilling operations. As an IGS representative, the Hydrogeologist develops close working relationships with state and federal agencies, industry, and other non-governmental stakeholders involved with Idaho water and geothermal resources.
Principle duties are: 1) design and execution of hydrogeologic investigations, including the development of new initiatives via grant proposals; 2) data collection, data management, groundwater modeling and analysis, interpretation, quality assurance, and archiving of earth science information related to Idaho hydrogeology; 3) communication of research results through timely publications and public presentations to diverse audiences; and 4) serving on technical advisory boards.


Job Duty Function Advances the knowledge of Idaho hydrogeology by:
Job Duties/Responsibilities

The successful candidate will perform highly technical hydrological modeling and research; demonstrated expertise in the use of MODFLOW ®software is highly desirable. The incumbent will conduct both field and office elements of projects, manage the collection, analysis, interpretation, quality assurance, and archiving of data to achieve project objectives, characterize fate and transport of contaminants, interpret hydrogeological and water quality data, and conduct research on the geothermal resources of the state. Primary duties will be the initiation and participation in cooperative applied research projects as well as the preparation of correspondence, work plans, and reports related to the project work. The incumbent will initiate and submit formal applications as the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator for grant funding opportunities and manage grant awards in a fiscally responsible manner. Coordination and dissemination of relevant groundwater and geothermal information to other state agencies are part of the responsibilities of the position.

Job Duty Function Communicates research findings and knowledge of hydrogeology by:
Job Duties/Responsibilities

The incumbent will be expected to serve as the agencies’ author/co-author and primary technical/scientific reviewer of hydrogeologic research/grant/contract proposals, deliverables, and publications. Additional responsibilities include ensuring that project proposals and data gathered meet the needs and standards of the Idaho Geological Survey (IGS) and ensuring that studies follow proper scientific protocol and appropriate data collection and dissemination methods. Preparation of written reports and publishing research results through IGS and other professional publication opportunities is expected from the incumbent. Presentation of research results to diverse audiences including academic researchers, consultants, industry, state and federal agencies, news media, elected officials, and the general public. Travel will be required as needed to attend meetings or conduct on-site visits related to research projects.

Job Duty Function Manages hydrogeology projects:
Job Duties/Responsibilities

The incumbent will provide general and/or direct supervision and training of staff geologists and support staff working on hydrogeologic research projects. The Hydrogeologist will ensure compliance of co-worker’s schedules so that research priorities are attainable and grant award deliverables are submitted in a timely manner. Additional responsibilities include oversight of logistical support and fiscal management of financial budgets associated with hydrogeologic research projects. The incumbent is expected to follow industry best management practices and ensure compliance of Idaho state regulatory standards to safely perform hydrogeological research for the IGS.

Job Duty Function Maintains professional and technical knowledge by:
Job Duties/Responsibilities

The incumbent will participate in workshops, short courses, and conferences that are offered by trained professionals. It is expected that through scientific literature review and other means the incumbent will stay informed of recently developed science and technology that may benefit the quality and value of ongoing Idaho geoscience projects and help address environmental concerns and economic opportunities. They will also be expected to engage in public forums focusing on Idaho’s water quality and quantity by strengthening relationships and working in collaboration with other government agencies and stakeholders.

Position Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

• Master’s Degree in hydrogeology, groundwater hydrology, engineering geology, geology or closely related field.
• Three years of post-degree applied work experience in the hydrogeology field (teaching experience at any level or graduate TA or RA assistantships are not counted as applied work experience).
• Demonstrated experience in the creation and calibration of groundwater models using commercial modeling software.
• Valid driver’s license and ability to pass University of Idaho Defensive Driving course.
• Proven experience identifying and soliciting sources of research funding, such as submission of grant applications or development of project funding within state and federal government or a corporate environment.
• Experience developing and executing fiscal budgets for research projects.
• Demonstrated proficiency in scientific writing and technical communication.
• Proficiency in public speaking to diverse audiences (academic researchers, consultants, state and federal agencies, news media, property owners, elected officials, general public).
• Proficiency in general office computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Office)

Preferred Qualifications

• Ph.D. Degree in hydrogeology, groundwater hydrology, engineering geology, geology or closely related field.
• Work experience in a state or federal geologic survey.
• Registration as an Idaho Licensed Professional Geologist (PG) or ability to complete licensure within 18 months of employment at IGS. Licensure enhances eligibility for merit-based pay increases.
• Work experience directly supervising technical staff.
• Demonstrate ability to lead and be part of a team environment.
• Experience in modeling of subsurface groundwater flow.
• Advanced knowledge in hydrogeologic modeling and data interpretation software (e.g., MODFLOW, AQTESOLV)
• Experience in low- and high-temperature geochemistry to address groundwater and geothermal related resources in the state.
• Other desirable qualifications include experience in aquifer test analysis, groundwater/surface water interactions, water availability and water quality assessments, contaminant transport, and hydrogeologic knowledge pertaining to mine development and petroleum resource extraction.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions

Ability to carry and/or otherwise move equipment weighing up to 50 pounds.
Field work involving walking and hiking over rough terrain.

Posting Information

Posting Number SP001382P
Posting Date 04/28/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Application review will begin on May 30, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

To be considered complete, applications must include:
1. Resume/CV
2. Letter of application specifically addressing how you meet each of the minimum qualifications, as well as any preferred qualifications.

Finalists for this position are required to travel to Boise for an interview and to give a 30 minute oral presentation on their applied work or research on hydrogeology.

Background Check Statement

Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

EEO Statement

The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or any other reason prohibited under Federal, State, or local laws. EOE AA/M/F/D/V

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Letter of Qualification
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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