Project Manager (Water Research Institute)

West Virginia University
WV, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The WV Water Research Institute at WVU is seeking applications for a Project Manager for its water quality monitoring program. The incumbent is responsible for environmental water-related research and reclamation projects. This requires tracking multiple project technical progress, financial tracking of budgeted versus expended, ensuring deliverables are met on time and within budget; addressing and correcting problems that arise; collaborating with state and federal agency personnel, watershed associations, university researchers, and external contractors and landowners; and securing permits and preparing bid packages for construction of AMD passive treatment systems. 


In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:

  • Implement mine land reclamation projects.
  • Conduct complex data analyses.
  • Perform laboratory experiments.
  • Establish and maintain sampling protocols.
  • Implement and manage field investigations.
  • Supervise GRAs and student workers. 
  • Develop standard operating procedures for field projects and chemical hygiene plans for laboratory experiments. 
  • Maintain field equipment ensuring all is functional, calibrated, and working properly, including tracking, scheduling and keeping field vehicles maintained in working order. 
  • Develop, format, and oversee population and maintenance of databases of field and lab data. 
  • Prepare maps and overlays using GIS. 
  • Work with research teams to develop articles for submission to scientific journals. 
  • Represent the Water Research Institute at professional meetings, conferences and symposiums by making presentations and exhibiting.
  • Identify research opportunities, preparing grant applications and proposals, including coordinating research teams, writing statements of work, preparing budgets, timelines, data management plans, etc. for submission to federal, state, and private agencies.


  • Master's degree in science or equivalent combination of bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, environment science or other natural resources-related field and experience in design, implementation, and management of environmental remediation projects
  • Minimum of two years of experience in water quality research and developing grant proposals. 


  • Resume or CV
  • Cover letter
  • Three professional references
  • Valid driver's license