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  • Data Manager - Oklahoma Water Resources Center

    The Data Manager for the Oklahoma Water Resources Center (OWRC) will be headquartered in Stillwater, OK and serve as an integral part of a new collaborative research effort between the Oklahoma State University-OWRC, USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This new joint effort, titled Dam Analysis Modernization of Tools, Applications, Guidance, and Standardization (DAM-TAGS), will develop engineering tools, design guidance documents, and computational software and applications for monitoring, inspecting, and rehabilitation of aging dams. Through this effort, the incumbent will work closely with a team of scientists at the USDA-ARS Hydraulic Engineering Research Unit (HERU) in Stillwater to address regional and national issues associated with small watershed dams, reservoirs, and channels.


    The Data Manager will provide primary support regarding data management from remote sensing, geospatial technologies, and laboratory physical modeling projects. The incumbent will assist with identifying a wide array of remote sensing and geospatial technologies and public sources [e.g., Soil Survey Geographic (SSURGO) database, National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP), and Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs), National Inventory of Dams (NID)], and manage geospatial datasets in a relational database environment. The incumbent will also assist with planning, organizing, and performing image processing and geospatial analysis for airborne and satellite remote sensing data from dams, reservoirs, and channel networks; develop high-level products (e.g., vegetation classifications) based on multi-spectral and hyperspectral data; and assist with experimental site selection using geostatistics.


    The incumbent is responsible for supporting the development of a dam monitoring and inspection network from field and laboratory collected data as well as developing the database network from physical models as it relates to hydraulic structures, channels, erosion, and embankment breach among others.


    The incumbent will also participate in research on spatially-explicit questions related to dams, reservoirs, and channel network as part of a multi-disciplinary team and have specific responsibilities associated with site-specific and cross-site collaborative efforts with multiple ARS research units, the ARS Partners for Data Innovations team, NRCS and university partners. 

     

    For more information on the Data Manager position, visit the OSU Career Site.

  • Software Developer - Oklahoma Water Resources Center

    The Software Developer for the Oklahoma Water Resources Center (OWRC) will be headquartered in Stillwater, OK and serve as an integral part of a new collaborative research effort between the Oklahoma State University-OWRC, USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This new joint effort, titled Dam Analysis Modernization of Tools, Applications, Guidance, and Standardization (DAM-TAGS), will develop engineering tools, design guidance documents, and computational software and applications for monitoring, inspecting, and rehabilitation of aging dams. Through this effort, the incumbent will work closely with a team of scientists at the USDA-ARS Hydraulic Engineering Research Unit (HERU) in Stillwater to address regional and national issues associated with small watershed dams, reservoirs, and channels.


    The Software Developer is responsible for writing new software code and/or updating and maintaining software code as it relates to hydraulic structures, dam breach modeling, flood routing, among others. The incumbent will design, develop, and test web and selected desktop applications including translating technical specifications into programming specifications and development, documentation, testing, installation, and implementation of new and existing software. The incumbent will work with team members on selecting the appropriate applications architecture, design of user interfaces, and ensure the rigorous application testing policies and practices in the development and delivery of new or modified applications. The incumbent will extend applications developed above with existing applications in the cloud environments; interface with cloud user interface to optimize the resources available; interface with SQL Server Platform as a Service (PaaS) as well as other cloud System as a Service (SAAS); and work with Internet 2 and High-Performance Computing Clusters to move information to and from cloud. The incumbent will design software in the ESRI stack utilizing Survey123, Collector, Operations Dashboard, and Insights; work with ArcGIS Desktop/Pro, ArcGIS Hub and ArcGIS Online; take advantage of ESRI APIs to provide interoperability; and work with ISO 19115 metadata standard and CSW endpoints. The incumbent will develop and deploy software based on their experience with similar systems and makes decisions based on current technologies to ensure that the developed applications will run on all operating systems. The incumbent will also develop and document procedures to ensure that these systems and software are functioning properly and decide what needs to be done based on analyses of the situation.


    The incumbent will provide primary support regarding computer programming in the development of a data network for the monitoring and inspection of dams and work closely with multi-disciplinary development team including ARS scientists and support staff, other federal partners like NRCS, and university partners. 

     

    For more information on the Computer Programmer position, visit the OSU Career Site.

     

  • GIS Specialist II - Oklahoma Water Resources Center

    The GIS Specialist for the Oklahoma Water Resources Center (OWRC) will be headquartered in Stillwater, OK and serve as an integral part of a new collaborative research effort between the Oklahoma State University-OWRC, USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This new joint effort, titled Dam Analysis Modernization of Tools, Applications, Guidance, and Standardization (DAM-TAGS), will develop engineering tools, design guidance documents, and computational software and applications for monitoring, inspecting, and rehabilitation of aging dams. Through this effort, the incumbent will work closely with a team of scientists at the USDA-ARS Hydraulic Engineering Research Unit (HERU) in Stillwater to address regional and national issues associated with small watershed dams, reservoirs, and channels.


    The GIS Specialist will provide primary support regarding highly specialized and sophisticated remote sensing (e.g., multi- and hyper-spectral imagery) and geospatial technologies, including platforms, software, and computer programs associated with spatially-explicit geodatabase management, geostatistics, and analytics for visualization (e.g., dashboards) of geospatial data.


    The incumbent will participate in research on spatially-explicit questions related to dams, reservoirs, and channel networks as a part of a multi-disciplinary team and have specific responsibilities associated with site-specific and cross-site collaborative efforts with multiple ARS research units, the ARS Partners for Data Innovations team, and NRCS. The incumbent will be responsible for supporting the development of a dam monitoring and inspection network and work with a data manager as data is collected from the field.

     

    For more information on the GIS Specialist II position, visit the OSU Career Site.

  • Outreach/Communication Specialist

    The Oklahoma Water Resources Center (OWRC) at Oklahoma State University plans, conducts and facilitates research to resolve state and regional water and related land problems, facilitates training of the next generation of water scientists and engineers and disseminates research results to both water managers and the public. The outreach/communication specialist will focus on delivering exceptional products and expertise to Oklahomans and advance our mission of empowering informed decision making and enriching understanding of the states' most critical water management issues through engagement, education and actionable science. The incumbent will serve as the primary communication staff member for the OWRC by developing, implementing, and maintaining a vibrant and comprehensive communications plan to meet the goals and objectives defined in our strategic plan. The incumbent will provide provide high quality print, digital and video promotional materials, write compelling stories, and successfully manage the OWRC's social media and website. The incumbent will plan, execute, and assist with outreach activities and assist the OWRC Director and staff with grant writing and management to support such efforts.  

     

    Apply for the Outreach/Communication Specialist position

  • Program Support Assistant - USDA Agricultural Research Service 

    The USDA, Agricultural Research Service in Stillwater, Oklahoma, is seeking a Program Support Assistant (Office Automation). Salary is commensurate with experience ($39,311 - $56,790 per annum) plus benefits. Citizenship restrictions apply. The individual filling this position will provide research program support for two internationally recognized research units and award winning scientists. Research support provided will include a variety of business processes including financial, procurement, travel, extramural agreements, property, and personnel. In addition, the individual will compile, produce, and/or process reports as well as communicate with internal and external customers. Applicants must be detailed oriented and organized.

     

    Responsibilities

    • Receives and reads all incoming correspondence, records correspondence, and maintains control records and follow-up measures on incoming correspondence and action documents.
    • Compiles data/salaries/expenses/personnel changes/equipment/ Research and Development needs based on previous year expenditures and prepares and ensures accuracy of all reports.
    • Uses an electronic calendar, database, or spreadsheet software to document employee leave schedules and to commit the Research Leader's (RL) time for appointments and meetings.
    • Provides training and advisory services to the Research Leader (RL) and professional staff in all program administrative procedures ensuring compliance with regulations.
    • Participates in program planning support work (e.g. research project coordination, travel documentation, budget coordination/tracking, agreements, purchasing/procurement of supplies and equipment, and human resources administration).
    • Provides administrative oversight for various business processes (e.g. processing financial, procurement, extramural agreements, property, personnel, and other administrative instruments for the management unit).
    • Schedules conferences, (e.g. including arranging logistics, preparing agendas, and notifying participants).
    • Compiles expenditures reports based on previous year data (e.g. salaries, expenses, personnel changes, and Research and Development).
    • Participates in the Annual Resource Management Plan process (e.g. developing financial plans, monitoring spending, preparing financial reports, tracking IRC costs).
    • Provides training to the Research Leader and professional staff in all program administrative procedures ensuring compliance with regulations.
    • Communicates orally and in writing in order to prepare or compose correspondence, convey statements of fact or make inquiries, and to provide assistance.
    • Coordinates the processing of manuscripts and reports for public information.
    • Produces a wide range of documents using a variety of office automation technologies.

    Apply for the Program Support Assistant position.

  • USDA-ARS HERU Seeking GS-12/13 Research Ag./Civil Engineer or Hydrologist

    The USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Hydraulic Engineering Research Unit is seeking a talented, creative, and driven individual to fill a GS-12/13 Research Ag., Civil Engineer, or Hydrologist to join our rapidly expanding team in Stillwater, OK.  This position is posted on USAJobs.

     

    The USDA-ARS Hydraulic Engineering Research Unit has been recognized twice internationally as a Historic Landmark of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The individual filling this position will work alongside internationally recognized award winning scientists. The scientist filling this position will have the opportunity to work on multi-agency projects with public (e.g. federal and state agencies, professional organizations, and university partners) and private collaborators through the ARS Partnerships for Data Innovations.  Projects range from developing state of the art cloud-based technologies (instrumentation and automation) to monitor and inspect dams to developing new field methodology, decision support tools, computational models, or design criteria for planning, designing, and rehabbing aging infrastructure including dams, spillways, levees, and grade stabilization structures to conducting physical model tests in a one-of-a-kind research laboratory or field studies to characterize the impacts of climate change on aging infrastructure.  

     

    Stillwater has a small town atmosphere with extra amenities (sports, shopping, recreational walking trails and lakes, etc.).  It has an excellent school system and a friendly, welcoming community.  It is home to Oklahoma State University and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.  Stillwater Regional Airport is serviced by American Airlines with daily direct flights to Dallas-Ft. Worth.  Stillwater is located just one hour north to northeast of Oklahoma City and one hour southwest of Tulsa with Oklahoma City and Tulsa being home of the state’s two international airports.  

     

    The position announcement closes October 11, 2021.  Please share this email with your colleagues who are looking to join a highly dynamic national team, who are making national and international impacts.

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