Research Hydrologist – Snow Water Supply Forecasting

Boise, Idaho
Salary Range of $77,488 to $166,502 per year
May 07, 2021
Jun 06, 2021
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U.S. Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

“The premier food and agricultural research agency of USDA”

Research Hydrologist

Northwest Watershed Research Center

Boise, Idaho

Full-Time/Permanent Position

Salary Range of $77,488 to $166,502 per year


Announcement Open: May 03, 2021 through June 1, 2021

Research Hydrologist – Snow Water Supply Forecasting

The incumbent is a Research Hydrologist at the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Northwest Watershed Research Center (NWRC), in Boise, Idaho and is a member of a team of scientists and engineers conducting basic and applied research on hydrologic processes and plant community dynamics of ecosystems dominated by cold season processes all in the context of unstable and changing climate conditions.  The incumbent’s research assignment falls within USDA-ARS National Program 211, Water Availability and Watershed Management, and includes the development of theory, principles and methods for understanding and predicting cold season climate and hydrology in mountain regions dominated by winter precipitation and snow using a combination of measurement, remote sensing and modeling.

• Conduct detailed field experiments to quantify how fluxes of water and energy control snow accumulation and melt, soil moisture, and streamflow under changing climate conditions.

• Develop methods to characterize and integrate spatial data such as LiDAR-measured snow depths and terrain characteristics, canopy structure, and spectral reflectance into snow and hydrologic models.

• Develop improved coupling of surface and below-ground models for spatial simulation of snowmelt, runoff, soil temperature and moisture, and streamflow.      

•  Develop robust methods for distributing precipitation, wind, temperature, humidity, and radiation across mountain regions at scales from small catchments to large river basins.

• Develop, test, and demonstrate new hydrologic instrumentation, databases, and model applications for use by federal, state, and private stakeholders for real-time operational applications.

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