Job Type: Permanent
Salary Details: $40,000- $50,000
Deadline: May 01, 2023

Description of Work Unit
Founded in 1870, Colorado State University is among the nation’s leading research universities and enrolls approximately 32,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Located an hour north of the Denver metro area, Fort Collins is a vibrant community of approximately 157,000 residents that offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a large city. Fort Collins is situated on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with views of 14,000 foot peaks, and offers access to numerous cultural, recreational, and outdoor opportunities.

The mission of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at Colorado State University is to understand the function of ecosystems and watersheds across space and over time. We assess ecosystem sustainability by examining interactions within and between natural and human systems in the context of current stresses such as changing climate, species introductions, land-use change, and increased demand for water. The department will use state of the art technologies and approaches to provide quality education to future scientists, educators and decision makers, conduct cutting edge interdisciplinary research, and deliver culturally relevant outreach programs that empower our students and the general public locally, nationally, and internationally.

Position Summary
Tasks for this position include:

  • Working with our Lead Data Scientists to execute data analysis workflows
  • Writing, reviewing, and improving code used for hydrologic data analysis
  • Building workflows to track project progress and budgets using open-source tools
  • Providing general lab assistance including field and sensor maintenance, administrative support, event/meeting logistics

Required Job Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in Environmental Science, Watershed Science , Limnology, Ecology, Biology, or similar field
  • Ability to Program in R or Python

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Experience in automatic report generation using RMarkdown, Python or similar
  • Experience working with hydrologic data, either water quality or water quantity datasets
  • Experience working in a collaborative coding environment (e.g. uses git and GitHub)
  • Experience in geospatial analysis and mapping, with preference for R or Python programming languages
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new skills, particularly data science and data workflow skills
  • Interest in producing open-source workflows for project progress tracking and budget management

Essential Duties
Job Duty Category Data Analysis and Reporting


  • Support lead data scientists in executing existing projects that use remote sensing, field sensors, and other datasets to forecast and estimate water quality throughout the continental US.
  • Maintain and improve lab code bases.
  • Build open-source (R, R Markdown) tools to track projects in the lab and document our budgets.
  • Support the Radical Open Science Syndicate (ROSS) through recruitment of new talent, meeting our reporting and research goals, and assisting with miscellaneous lab tasks including occasional field work and lab website maintenance.

Application Details
To apply, please upload a cover letter that addresses the required and preferred job qualifications, a resume, and the contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

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