The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is an environmental sciences research organization within the Nevada System of Higher Education. DRI is seeking a Staff Geomorphologist to assist in the characterization of soil, geomorphology, and terrain in support of current Department of Defense (DoD) funded projects at DRI. The position is based at DRI's Reno, Nevada location.
This position involves research support in four overlapping areas:
Assist in the collection and analysis of geomorphic, soil, and terrain data collected from various landscapes with a focus on the generation of geomorphic, soil, and related terrain property maps from aerial photographic- and/or satellite imagery-based mapping, as well as from the compilation of existing data. Assist in the entry of field and laboratory data into spreadsheets and databases as required and ability to assist in the analysis of collected soil, geomorphic, and Quaternary geologic data. Assist on field oriented studies where soil and geomorphic data is collected in support of project objectives as required and ability to assist in the analysis of collected data. Perform laboratory duties in the Quaternary Pedology and Soil Characterization Laboratory as directed. In addition, the candidate should be familiar and comfortable with basic report writing and technical editing and be willing to learn how to collect instrument data, often in extreme environments.
Other responsibilities include assistance in a wide variety of Quaternary geologic and geomorphic projects as opportunities and needs arise. These efforts include mapping of Quaternary geology and soils, identification of landforms, description and sampling of soils and sediments, working with Quaternary stratigraphy, sampling of materials for geochronology, geoarcheology and cultural resources identification, and general support of field research activities.
Conditions of Employment
Due to security requirements associated with accessing essential project sites and information, ALL applicants MUST be citizens of the United States.
This position requires the ability and willingness to work in harsh field conditions for extended periods of time (i.e. southwest deserts in the summer, cold regions, tropical regions) and lift heavy equipment (40 lbs.)
Since 1959, DRI has stood at the forefront of understanding Earth's complex environmental systems, promoting preservation of diverse ecosystems, advancing responsible natural resource management, and improving human health and welfare throughout Nevada and around the world. More than 500 highly-skilled scientists, engineers, technicians and students are collaboratively focused on understanding and answering critical questions about global climate change, water quality and availability, air quality, sustainability of desert lands, life in extreme environments, and more.
Bachelors of Science Degree in Geology, Earth Science, or Soil Science Basic experience with mapping geomorphology or Quaternary geology Basic knowledge in geomorphology, surficial processes, and soil morphology Excellent oral and written communication skills Team player with diverse research interests and excellent interpersonal skills Demonstrated experience to independently conduct field-based geomorphic research US Citizen and have the ability to work on DoD installations Preferred Experience
Experience using GIS related software (ARC Map, ArcGIS Workstation) and generating map products Working experience in the field-description and mapping of Quaternary landforms, geomorphic features, and soils Working experience with digital terrain analysis, including experience or interest in 3-D terrain modeling software Ability to assist in the editing, compilation, and writing in support of reports and publications
Additional Salary Information: Compensation & Benefits:
Salaries are competitive and commensurate with qualifications. This position is eligible for DRI’s benefits package and relocation assistance. See this link for a benefits overview: http://www.dri.edu/images/stories/employment/benefits/Faculty_Benefits_Summary_FY17.pdf