Research Scientist

Adirondack Watershed Institute

Paul Smiths, New York

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $73,500
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Position: Research Scientist

Status: Full-time Regular (12, months), Exempt

Department: Adirondack Watershed Institute

Reports to: Chief Scientist

Salary: $73,500

Description: Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI) is recruiting a Research Scientist to support its growing freshwater research and outreach programs. The position will work directly with the Chief Scientist and staff scientists to lead research and monitoring efforts to advance our understanding of human impacts on aquatic resources, and to develop and advance solutions to protect clean water. In addition, this position will support opportunities for student involvement in AWI’s research, outreach, and education programs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead AWI’s water quality research and monitoring efforts including the publishing of research in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Support the long-range planning and project management of AWI’s water quality programs.
  • Coordinate AWI’s aquatic plant and water quality field work including developing research methodologies and project reporting.
  • Supervise and support AWI’s Research Associate with project management.
  • Develop and manage database systems to handle real-time reporting of environmental data.
  • Work with AWI’s leadership team to identify and cultivate funding opportunities to support AWI’s work including grant opportunities, private donors, and fee for service.
  • Coordinate with partners, e.g., lake associations, municipalities, other institutions, to collaborate on projects.
  • Present AWI research and findings at public and professional meetings.
  • Collaborate with AWI education in staff education workshops and events.
  • Engage with AWI’s efforts to actively support student research at Paul Smith’s College.


  • PhD in Limnology, Aquatic Ecology, or Environmental Science.
  • Three years of work experience in aquatic and environmental science.
  • Experience leading and managing full-time and seasonal staff, and students.
  • Experience managing field projects including familiarity with using and maintaining field equipment and following safety protocols.
  • Quantitative analytical, writing and presentation skills, including proficiency with R and GIS.
  • Proficient project management skills including grant writing, administration, and reporting.
  • Ability to work some weekends and holidays.
  • Understanding of the hazards encountered while working on lakes such as weather, navigation, ice hazards, and other safety issues.
  • Ability to work in inclement weather, both off and on the water (including on ice covered lakes).
  • Ability to hike distances up to 16-miles in a day while carrying up to 40lbs of field gear.
  • New York State driver’s license and driving record acceptable to PSC insurance carrier and AWI, which will enable authorization to drive College-owned vehicles.
  • Ability to work with a broad range of diverse individuals and groups to form a safe and inclusive workplace.

Paul Smith’s College values diversity in the College community and seeks to assure equal opportunity through its continued Affirmative Action program. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V


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Category Ecology, Fisheries, Hydrology
Tags GIS