Job as Wetland Biogeochemistry Research Technician

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May 3, 2011

Expiration Date: Wed, 2011-06-01
Organization: US Geological Survey

Job Position: Wetland Biogeochemistry Research Technician — Reston VA

Looking to be part of a research team working in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and sites across the Southeast? Looking for a fast-paced and rewarding work environment with the opportunity to grow? Looking to hone your laboratory skills? The Wetland Ecosystem Ecology & Biogeochemistry Lab of the US Geological Survey is hiring a full-time, non-permanent technician to be part of our team. We research the hydrologic, geomorphic, and biotic controls on biogeochemistry in wetlands and their coupled fluvial ecosystems in order to better protect and restore the nation’s water resources.

Job duties are centered on chemical analyses of P, N, C, and other elements in sediment, soil, water, and plant samples. Additional duties include field work for collection of samples and measurement of ecological and hydrogeomorphic data, sample processing, lab management, database management, QA/QC, and report preparation. The position is based in Reston, Virginia, with extensive collaborations with hydrologists, geomorphologists, ecologists, and geochemists within the USGS and with partner organizations. Field work will require travel for routine monitoring and intensive field experiments.

Applicants must demonstrate the desire and capability to be an independent member of a team in charge of laboratory components of our work, including experience operating autoanalyzers, elemental analyzers, and ICPs, conducting laboratory incubations and microwave digestions of sediments, making measurements of soil gas flux, and also showing strong capability for tough field work in wetlands. A B.S. degree in a relevant field and related experience is required, in particular a robust background in analytical chemistry. Please send your curriculum vitae with names of two references to Dr. Greg Noe (; review of applications will begin immediately. Applicants should be available to begin work as soon as 1 June 2011. Annual salary is mid-$30K and includes health benefits and paid vacation.

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