Qualitative Researcher to Support Hazards Stakeholder Engagement

U.S. Geological Survey

  • Part-Time
  • Remote
  • Application deadline: 2022-06-20

The Water Resources Mission Area of the U.S. Geological Survey is seeking a graduate-level student contractor with experience in qualitative research. We are conducting a project to learn more about the USGS’s role in water hazard response planning and activities. The objectives of this effort are to: I

  • Identify internal and external perceptions of USGS’ role in water-related hazard management and response
  • Provide inputs for the development of hazard specific emergency response plans

The student contractor will assist the project team in stakeholder outreach activities which will guide the development of water-related hazard response plans and improved science delivery.

The candidate will:

  • Moderate focus groups consisting of stakeholders drawn from federal, Tribal Nations, state, and local agencies; communities and NGOs
  • Code transcripts from focus groups and interviews
  • Assist with note taking during stakeholder meetings
  • QA/QC transcripts
  • Aid USGS scientists with data management

The preferred candidate will have experience conducting interviews; use of NVIVO software package; qualitative data analysis; and understanding of human-hazard interactions.

The student contractor must have:

  • Demonstrated experience conducting survey-based research, coding interviews, and familiarity with qualitative data analysis software
  • Be a graduate student or recent graduate (no more than 12 months post completion) of a graduate program in social science or a closely related interdisciplinary field in the context of natural hazards, climate change, or emergency management
  • Excellent communication skills

The student is expected to work 20 hours per week, with a flexible schedule based on student availability and project needs. The initial contract is for the fall 2022 semester (August – December), but could be extended through the 2023 summer semester. The ideal candidate would have the flexibility to continue with the project at least through the spring 2023 semester, which may also provide the opportunity to coauthor publications based on the findings of this project.

  • Location: Remote
  • Compensation: $23.00 – $34.00 per hour depending on maximum degree obtained and locality.
  • Duration: Fall semester 2022 with option to extend to Spring semester 2023

To Apply

Please submit the following to Oronde Drakes (odrakes@usgs.gov) by 5:00 pm Central Time, June 20th, 2022:

  • A written statement addressing how your knowledge, experience, and skills can be used to address the objectives of the position described above (not to exceed two pages, single spaced, 12-point font)
  • Your curriculum vitae.

The federal hiring process can be daunting for any type of appointment, but we don’t want that to be the reason you don’t apply – we will help you through the process. You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to apply.

Additionally, we are committed to inclusive hiring practices that build a healthy workplace where diversity is our strength, and everyone has the support they need to succeed. We especially encourage you to apply if you are BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, have a disability, or are of any marginalized identity.

To apply for this job email your details to odrakes@usgs.gov