Great Lakes Water Resources Scientist: Albany, NY

Cornell University
Albany, New York
Job Category
Full time Positions
$72,558 - $88,681
Last Date to Apply
The NYS Water Resources Institute achieves its goals through research and partnerships with agencies and regional partners, such as the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Great Lakes Watershed Program (GLWP). Subject to development of Annual Work Plans, the Great Lakes Water Resources Scientist will support the GLWP and provide water quality/chemistry expertise and scientific support to effectively implement NY’s Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA), Lake Erie and Lake Ontario Lakewide Action and Management Plans (LAMPs), the Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative (CSMI), Area of Concern Remedial Action Plans (RAPs), Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) Mitigation Plans, and associated water quality management plans consistent with local and NYS priorities, including federal/binational programs where applicable. Duties may include, but not be limited to, project planning, management and implementation relating to applied research, supervision of interns and lower-level scientists, coordination with NYSDEC staff and leadership on GLWP projects, water quality monitoring, waterbody and watershed load modeling and assessment, water supply conservation and efficient use planning, environmental health risks, and climate resilience of New York’s Great Lakes and contributing watersheds. Key responsibilities will include: • Provide applied research support to DEC’s Great Lakes Program, to inform and advance implementation of NY’s Great Lakes Action Agenda, Lake Ontario and Lake Erie Lakewide Action & Management Plans, Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative, and to support other NYS water quality priorities and initiatives as they relate to NY’s Great Lakes and their watershed. • Develop and implement ecosystem-based watershed and waterbody condition assessments, restoration and watershed management plans to enhance, restore and protect groundwater and surface waters, and associated tributary and lake ecosystems. • Communication of complex technical information/data with diverse audiences on water quality issues being addressed through the Great Lakes Action Agenda, Lakewide Action & Management Plans, Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative, Remedial Action Plans, Total Maximum Daily Load/9-Element Watershed Plans for contaminant reduction, Harmful Algae Bloom Assessment & Mitigation and other pertinent New York State initiatives or plans.
Required Qualifications: • Master’s degree or equivalent in the field of limnology, biology, chemistry, ecology, natural or environmental science, or a related field; 5 years of professional research experience or equivalent involving water quality/chemistry science; • Applied knowledge of statistical analysis, GIS and relational databases, and watershed and waterbody assessment modeling (e.g. SWAT, SPARROW, HEC-RAS, etc.) including proficiency in experimental design, statistical analysis and software, and Microsoft Office suite. • Must be able to design and conduct field sampling work on lakes & streams, work in adverse weather conditions, negotiate difficult terrain and work in remote areas, and physically operate water monitoring equipment; • Experience with data analysis techniques used for water resource science research and its communication, both verbal and written, to a variety of audiences; • Ability to formulate, organize, track, and manage multiple tasks; skilled in project planning, budgeting, prioritization and facilitation; • Individuals must be able to travel overnight (typically within NY’s Great Lakes basin, but also includes out-of-state and travel to Canada as needed) and after hours/weekends (on limited occasions). A valid New York State Driver’s License and/or enhanced NYS Driver’s License or valid passport is required. • Proven ability to work in a multicultural environment. Preferred Qualifications: • PhD in limnology, biology, chemistry, ecology, natural or environmental science, or a related field • 5-7 years government, non-government organizational or academic research experience; • Experience supervising others to achieve project objectives/outcomes, budget and regulatory compliance; • Proven ability to mediate sensitive issues among diverse stakeholders and to facilitate productive multi-stakeholder collaborations and outcomes • Knowledge of New York State water quality management and regulatory programs, including TMDLs, 9-Element Watershed Management Plans, SPDES permits and associated modeling components; • Demonstrated proficiency writing and presenting technical reports to diverse technical and nontechnical audiences • Knowledge and/or experience in one or more of the following: • Experience with Nuisance/Harmful Algal Blooms, chemical pollutant assessment/control, contaminants of emerging concern or other indicators of water quality problems or use impairments; • Working knowledge of the mechanisms related to primary productivity of algal blooms occurrence, secondary productivity, and nutrient cycling; • Demonstrated proficiency on the fate and transport of nutrients and toxic chemicals from point and non-point sources, including agriculture and non-agricultural sources; • Knowledge of web-based tools for organizing and displaying water quality and environmental data for diverse audiences.
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