Water Use Water Resources Scientist

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
WI, United States
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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Environmental Management is recruiting to fill a Water Use Water Resources Scientist position in Madison, Wisconsin.

State of Wisconsin benefits include excellent health insurance options, ample leave time, a business casual office atmosphere, flexible work schedules, and an exceptional employee assistance program that offers a variety of programs and tools to help promote wellness.

We offer a team-orientated atmosphere and a focus on work-life balance, flexible working schedules for most positions, and the ability to flex hours with supervisor approval. The DNR excels at protecting and managing natural resources while supporting the economy and the well-being of our citizenry.

Position Summary:   

The Water Use Water Resources Scientist position is responsible for designing water use research efforts, analyzing spatiotemporal water resource data, water use data, and geological information to support efforts within the Water Use Section and the Bureau of Drinking Water and Groundwater. This position will direct and conduct independent research and analysis related Great Lakes Compact implementation including water use reporting, calculating or estimating consumptive use, developing water use projections and water use availability, water conservation and water use efficiency. The position will also direct and conduct research activities, analysis and tool development associated with groundwater withdrawals. The position will serve as a technical lead in the education and dissemination of water use research and findings to Department staff and other agencies, the Legislature, various water use sectors, and key partner groups.

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Special Notes:   Employment will require the selected candidate to pass a background check.  DNR does not sponsor work visas, thus, in compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify eligibility to work in the United States by completing the required I-9 form upon hire.

Qualifications:   Minimally qualified candidates will have:
• Education, training, or experience related to hydrology, geology, or natural resource management
• Experience in conducting and directing independent hydrologic or hydrogeologic research
• Experience in data acquisition, statistical analysis, data analysis and interpretation of spatiotemporal water resources data

Well-qualified candidates will have:
• Experience publishing journal articles and/or technical papers
• Experience applying analytical and numerical solutions such as MODFLOW in support of hydrologic analysis for complex hydrologic problems
• Experience with developing and implementing programming language for data analysis and visualization, such as R or Python
• Education, training or experience in Great Lakes water quantity issues including water conservation, water budgets, water use data analysis and consumptive use
• Experience with the Great Lakes Compact and/or high capacity well law

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Qualified veterans with a 30%-or-more service-connected disability are eligible for non-competitive appointment to permanent positions in classified civil service under s. 230.275, WI Stats. For information on how to apply under this provision, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed above. Current State employees are not eligible for non-competitive appointment.

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