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Hybrid Water Resource Technician - Research Office - West Virginia Water Research Institute

West Virginia University
Job Location:
Morgantown, West Virginia
Laboratory and Research


West Virginia University Research Corporation / West Virginia Water Research Institute is currently accepting applications for a Water Resource Technician.

As a Water Resource Technicianyou willprovidegeneral support for the coordination and implementation of West Virginia Water Research Institute (WVWRI) programs (e.g. acid mine drainage (AMD) programs and Critical Materials, and Three Rivers QUEST (3RQ)), performs bench-scale lab work, and conducts field sampling events. The incumbent will be responsible for organizing and managing complex datasets.

Incumbent will also provideprogram assistance, as well as direct internal and external client support services, respondto inquiries, and independently resolves moderate to complex matters. Responsibilities require some judgment, resourcefulness, and originality, but diverse guides and precedents are usually available to apply or adapt to the circumstances. Performfunctional operation duties, and work effort has a considerable impact on personnel and workflow with potential legal liabilities.

At WVU Research Corporation, we strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for things we love outside our work. WVU Research Corporation offers a comprehensive benefits package with a variety of options to suit your needs.:

* 13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar)


* 403(b) retirement savings with a fully vested 3% employee contribution match, (Employees have the option of contributing an additional 1-3% of their earnings to the plan, which is also matched by the WVURC)

* A range of health insurance and other benefits

* Dependent Education Scholarship

* WVU Perks

* And More!!

What you'll do:

  • Field Work/Lab Work:
    • Performs water chemistry sampling fieldwork using field sampling equipment such as pH meter, flow meter, global position systems (GPS) unit, etc. Places field monitoring equipment in situ, such as remote sensing monitors, etc. requiring some physical activity in varying weather conditions.
    • Collects samples of coal, coal tailings, overburden, coal combustion products, or other solid material needed to conduct the Institute's research.
    • Collects water quality and stream biota samples following established protocols and providing quality control/quality (QA/QC) assurance.
    • Follows standard operating procedures (SOP) and ensures QA/QC in sampling, laboratory practices, and data analysis and management.
    • Develop and update quality control procedures, as well as written QAPPs required by funding agencies.
  • Office:
    • Performs data entry, maintains and manages water quality databases, routinely creates graphs for data visualization.
    • Writes technical progress reports and final technical reports in which analytical methodology is described; summarizes data analysis and results, and describes conclusions in a coherent manner.
    • Assists researchers with the completion of successful projects.
    • Performs literature searches; writes and presents research results.
    • Supports preparation and submission of program summaries, topical reports, and scientific articles using material from past, active, or future WVWRI research projects.
  • Outreach:
    • Makes presentations and represents WVWRI at meetings, conferences, and workshops.
    • Serves as a liaison with various volunteer groups, attending evening meetings and occasional weekend events.
    • Fosters and creates successful working relationships with various federal, state, and private organizations.
    • Represents WVWRI in a professional matter at various meetings and functions.
    • Builds relationships with new organizations.

  • Bachelor's degree in biology, environmental science, or a natural resources-related field; Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A minimum of two (2) years experience in the following:
    • Water data management
    • Bench-scale lab experiments
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral).
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Experience in field sampling.
  • Advanced understanding and experience with fundamental laboratory procedures.
  • Maintains skills in, or knowledge of, professional principles, legal, and/or reporting requirements affecting the area of responsibility.
  • Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes the use of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, disposal methods.
  • Knowledge of water quality issues common in West Virginia, such as acid mine drainage, total dissolved solids, and bacterial contamination.
  • Knowledge of AMD treatment practices.
  • Basic knowledge of safe chemical handling and acid/base interactions.
  • Understanding of water flow principles, pumping, settling and other physical properties


  • Valid driver's license
  • Requires physical abilities to perform field activities, including manual dexterity and abilities to see, hear, walk, talk, and feel.
  • Routine activities are predominantly non-manual, although some manual work involved with field sampling or sample/equipment transport may be included.
  • Activities require manual skills to sample and perform analyses and to instruct others on sampling techniques.
  • Travels to remote locations in WV and surrounding states with occasional overnight stays.
  • Evening and weekend work will be required on a routine basis due to the nature of working with grassroots organizations.

About Research Corporation

The WVURC was created as a not-for-profit corporation in 1985 to support research (R1) at West Virginia University. We provide evaluation, development, patenting, management, and marketing services for inventions of the faculty, staff and students of the University.

The WVURC receives and administers funds awarded by external agencies for research and other activities and is responsible for helping protect intellectual property through patents, copyrights and licensing agreements for start-up companies based on University research.

Creating an inclusive, engaged, and dynamic environment is core to WVURC's mission. We welcome candidates who can contribute a range of ideas, approaches and experiences.

West Virginia University Research Corporation is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. We value diversity among its employees and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

Job Posting: Jul 29, 2022

Posting Classification: Research Corporation

Exemption Status: Non-Exempt

Benefits Eligible: Yes
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