Research Assistant #T00656

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Classification Title:

Research Assistant

Working Title:

Research Assistant #T00656


Geosciences & Natural Resources

Salary Range:

$12-$15 per hour; depending on experience

Posting Information:

This is a temporary part-time/hourly position and does not receive benefits.*

The research assistant provides services in support of contract and grant investigations conducted by faculty within the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources. The research assistant is responsible for carrying out duties related to the collection, manipulation, and analysis of water and sediment quality as well as the monitoring of river restoration projects in North Carolina. The needs of the faculty change over time, so periodic adjustments and reallocations of responsibilities can be expected. However, specific responsibilities may include the following:

1) The installation, maintenance, and programming of water quality equipment including ISCO automated samplers, Greenspan turbidity probes, and various types of pressure transducers;

2) The measurement of stream flow (discharge) using the USGS horizontally integrated methods;

3) The examination and review of collected hydrologic and water quality data to eliminate erroneous records, and its subsequent entry into spreadsheet and other database programs;

4) The collection of water quality samples for trace metal analysis using ultra-clean sampling protocols;

5) The installation of groundwater wells, and the collection of water levels within the wells;

6) The laboratory analysis of water quality samples for suspended sediment concentrations using the USGS methods;

7) The analysis of sediment samples for grain size using a laser particle size analyzer;

8) The plotting of water quality data using various software programs including Origin and Microsoft Excel;

9) The surveying of channel cross-sections, profile, and planform using a professional grade total station;

10) The plotting and contouring of survey data using various software programs including Surfer;

11) The hydrological modeling of channelized flow using one- and two-dimensional modeling routines;

12) The supervising of student workers conducting general field and lab work;

13) The coordination (organization) of field trip logistics (transportation, lodging, equipment, etc.).

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position:

Ability to effectively use computers and computer software, including Microsoft Excel; ability to conduct fieldwork in relatively secluded areas.

Minimum Qualifications:

Undergraduate degree in geology, hydrology or related field. Ability to perform the work assigned.

Preferred Qualifications:

*M.S. degree is preferred
*Prior experience with ISCO samplers and water level recorders

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must apply online.


Qualified applicants will be contacted by the department directly if selected for interview.Please Note: Temporary employees are paid bi-weekly on an hourly basis and do not receive benefits.


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, and veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

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Job No:
Posted: 5/1/2021
Application Due: 5/13/2021
Work Type: Full Time