We are always looking for exceptional talent! Posted positions are outlined below:

Environmental Scientist / Water Resource Specialist
Work Location: Springfield or Champaign, Illinois
Job: Full-Time, Salary based on experience and qualifications
Travel: 30 – 40% [up to 75% field work in spring/summer season]
Timeline: Accepting applications until January 22, 2023 – Start date ~ March 2023
Contact: CV and cover letter to

About Northwater:

Founded in 2010, Northwater Consulting International is a small and growing business consisting of geoscience and water resources experts.  Approximately 70% of our efforts are in the US and Canada and the remainder in developing nations in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America/Caribbean.  We apply a mobile, flexible and efficient business model and are seeking a candidate to join our professional team and grow integrally with us.  Candidate should be motivated with professional and personal goals to develop as an expert supporting multi-disciplinary projects.

Description of Position

This position will support water resource and watershed management projects predominately in the Midwest US.  Depending on experience and competencies, there may be opportunities for project assignments elsewhere in the United States and globally.  Candidates with educational and/or professional foundation that includes GIS, water quality, hydrology, hydrogeology, and watershed science are strongly encouraged to apply.  Within several months, it is expected that the candidate will contribute meaningfully and profitably to projects with monitoring, mapping and data analysis components.  The position requires close collaboration with internal and external technical experts, partners and clients.  Candidate must have the motivation to learn, grow professionally and work independently.  This position requires a high degree of critical thinking, the ability to adapt and exercise excellent judgement in a small business environment.  Projects often require travel assignments that range from 1-2 days to several weeks.  Candidates must be legally eligible for employment in the United States.

The duties and responsibilities of this position will be multi-disciplinary and diverse.  Some immediate and primary responsibilities are outlined below:

  • Water quality, hydrology and hydrogeology monitoring programs and field data acquisition.
  • Manage monitoring and scientific equipment, including installation/deployment, calibration, maintenance, troubleshooting etc.
  • Manage and maintain large datasets perform data analysis, and reporting.
  • Perform watershed inventories and assessments requiring field surveys and GIS analysis.
  • Assist with the development of watershed plans and scientific consulting reports:  Writing report sections, drafting maps, plots, tables and other figures.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, environmental engineering, water resources, geosciences, geology, ecology or related discipline.
  • Language: Native or advanced professional speaking, reading and writing proficiency in English.
  • Experience with environmental monitoring and installing/maintaining scientific instruments.
  • Ability to independently learn and operate scientific equipment, understand and follow laboratory and field methods.
  • Software competencies: GIS, MS Excel, MS Access (statistical programs such as R and Matlab are a strong plus).
  • Ability to manage, organize and analyze tabular and geospatial datasets.
  • Basic knowledge of best management practices (BMPs) to reduce nonpoint source pollution especially in agricultural settings.
  • Some experience working with watershed stakeholders, and the agricultural sector.
  • Strong verbal and technical writing and communication skills required.
  • Comfortable presenting to stakeholders and clients.
  • Responsive, capable of working independently and with a diversity of team members.  Must be able to handle multiple tasks, often with competing priorities and work long hours when required.
  • Positive attitude, accept constructive critique, be flexible and self-motivated, and pay spectacular attention to detail.
  • Valid driver’s license

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