Position Available: Physical Hydrogeologist, Oregon Water Resources Department

Oregon’s 2021 Legislature made a significant investment in studying the physical hydrogeology of the state, and signaled their support for water-related projects in general though a landmark water package.  The Groundwater Section of the Oregon Water Resources Department is seeking multiple hydrogeologists to collect and analyze quantitative hydrogeologic data and apply scientific knowledge to inform our work in administering the state’s water rights system.

The NRS-3 Hydrogeologist position is a great opportunity for an entry-level to early-career hydrogeologist interested in working in the water supply sector.  This position combines field data collection with desktop data analysis to offer variety and grounding in applied science.  Hydrogeologists in this position work closely with senior hydrogeologists who will provide mentorship and experience to support continuous learning and attainment of one’s Registered Geologist license.

The ideal candidate will hold a graduate degree in hydrogeology or a related field with coursework in groundwater hydraulics and geology.  An understanding of the source of water to wells and experience with or willingness to learn models suitable for quantifying streamflow depletion by wells is important.  Strong analytical and communication skills are critical, and an understanding of or willingness to learn GIS, SQL, and Python will support the most effective analysis and application of our continuously expanding datasets and tools.  The desire to apply your knowledge and skills in a water supply and water law context will ensure sustained engagement in this position.

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