The Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Toledo, OH seeks a Field Hydrogeophysics Technician to lead field geophysical, hydrological and wetland sampling campaigns as part of its wetland monitoring project within Northwest Ohio. This position is part of a grant funded project on monitoring restored wetlands to understand their effectiveness in retaining nutrients. The project involves collaboration between scientists from over 8 institutions and agencies through the Lake Erie and Aquatic Research Network (LEARN). Close collaboration with LEARN project partners and scientists is expected. The position is available on a full-time basis for 15 months starting October 1, 2021 with potential renewal pending continuing external funding.
• Geophysical characterization and monitoring of wetlands’ shallow subsurface
Field measurement, analysis/inversion and interpretation of geophysical data including electromagnetic, electrical resistivity, self-potential and ground penetrating radar at multiple wetlands within Ohio
Keeping detailed field protocol and documenting results
Presenting geophysical results as multi-dimensional images (visualization)
• Wetland soil sampling and analysis (in the field and lab)
• Installation of 1 – 2 inches temporary groundwater monitoring wells
• Hydraulic testing including slug and tracer testing
• Surface and groundwater sampling and parameter monitoring
• Integrating results in a GIS environment
• Use total station and differential GPS system
• Coordinating field visits to wetland sites and participating in regular wetland monitoring campaigns
• A minimum bachelor’s degree in geophysics, geology, environmental sciences, physics, engineering, or other related discipline.
• Willingness and ability to engage in intensive field research activities including spending significant time outdoors, operating and maintaining equipment, etc.
• Experience or willingness to learn and implement field geophysical and hydrogeological methods
• Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record
• A good quantitative and analytical ability
Communication and other skills
• Effective communication skills (oral and written)
• Ability to work without close supervision and to make decisions concerning weather conditions and other logistical factors
• Ability to work closely with students, faculty, and other staff to maintain research efficiency of the project.