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  • USGS Central Midwest Water Science Center seeking students for Water Resources Engineering Assistant positions

    The US Geological Survey Central Midwest Water Science Center seeks students to apply for Water Resources Engineering Assistant positions at our Urbana, IL location.  Please read on for a description of the position, and a link to apply via Handshake.  To apply, please email resume and unofficial transcripts to

    Job Title:

    Water Resources Engineering Assistant

    Pay Rate:

    $16.26-$22.53, depending on year in school and experience.

    Pay Type:

    Per Hour - Set Rate

    Work Schedule:


    Hours Per Week:

    up to 40 hrs/wk during breaks and summer, 16-20 during semester,

    Job Duration:

    Begin Date: As soon as hiring procedures can be completed; No End Date.

    Federal Work Study:



    Engineering Campus – North of Green

    Contact Person:

    Samantha Murphy

    Preference of contact:

    Contact By Email. Send resume and unofficial transcript.

    Contact's E-mail

    Job Description:

    Students will be expected to perform or assist with water resource investigations, including any of the following: assist USGS staff in field-related data collection activities;  compile, query, and maintain groundwater and surface water records in scientific databases to evaluate water quality, water availability and water use at local and regional scales; pre- and post-process data for use with hydrologic, hydraulic, water-quality and/or statistical models; run simulations following specific data protocols; prepare reports of findings, tables, and graphs for use in technical reports and presentations; perform geospatial analyses and prepare map products; perform occasional lab-related activities such as processing and packing routine samples.


    Applicant must be a U.S. citizen and current student to apply. The USGS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


    1. Knowledge of MS Office software (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) required.
    2. Basic understanding of chemical principles and laboratory safety procedures desirable.
    3. GIS and database experience highly desirable.
    4. Scientific programming experience preferred (e.g. R, Python, Matlab).
    5. Coursework/interest in water resources, physical geography, or data science a plus.

    Water Resources Engineering Assistant | US Geological Survey Central Midwest Water Science Center | Handshake (