Research Engineering Technician - Stroud Water Research Center

Stroud Water Research Center advances knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and watershed restoration.

The research engineering team at Stroud Water Research Center is seeking an individual with training and experience in constructing and deploying data loggers and other environmental-sensing systems using a combination of custom and commercial hardware. The individual must have demonstrated proficiencies in the following skills:

  • Using basic hand tools for machining and electrical assembly.
  • Installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting equipment outdoors in various environments and in extreme weather conditions (must be able to lift at least 25 lbs. and hike over rough terrain for short distances).
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively, orally, and in writing.
  • Producing written reports, keeping accurate records of field work activity, and contributing to online documentation and instruction manuals.
  • Carrying out assigned duties/projects in an efficient and timely manner with minimal supervision and handling multiple projects and work within defined timelines.

The individual must also have the following:

  • Adequate knowledge of hydrologic principles, practices and procedures, basic electronics, and computer equipment and software, including Microsoft Word and Excel.

The most competitive candidate will have the following preferred skills:

  • Familiarity with programming languages like Python and Arduino.
  • Previous experience with electronics prototyping (highly desired).
  • Field experience, technical competence in basic electrical and mechanical engineering, and an interest in gaining further expertise in watershed science.
  • Associate’s degree in an environmental science-related field such as hydrology, environmental, physical science, natural resources, ecology, or engineering. Plus two years of relevant experience with field work, data collection, data management and/or electronics. A bachelor’s degree is preferred.

Please refer to for information about the Stroud Center and for an introduction to how our efforts support public engagement in the development and use of open-source hardware and software for environmental research and monitoring.

The typical work week is normal business hours Monday through Friday, but some work during evening and weekends, traveling to remote deployment locations and/or participating in volunteer monitoring programs may also be requested of the individual. This is a full-time position renewable on a yearly basis dependent on funding availability and performance. The position is funded by sponsored projects and program revenue and is expected to continue into the future. The position will report to the lead research engineer and will work directly with team members that include the research engineer, a watershed instrumentation manager, environmental educators, and a citizen science facilitator.


Submit a cover letter (describing relevant experiences) and resume (including contacts for three professional references). All applications MUST be submitted via email to . Applications MUST include “RESEARCH ENGINEER” in the email subject line. All attached files should include the applicant’s last name in the file name (e.g., LASTNAME_RESUME.PDF). Review of applications will begin February 27, 2017. Finalists will be interviewed in person or by video conference. Intended start of employment is early spring 2017.


The level-one research engineer is a full-time salaried position with full Stroud Center benefits including health care and eligibility for participation in the pension/defined-benefit retirement program (fully vested after five years of service). The position is funded by sponsored projects and program revenue and is renewed on a yearly basis based on funding availability and performance. This is an entry-level research engineer staff position on our job classification scale with an anticipated annual salary starting at $45,000 and may be negotiable if the chosen applicant meets a number of the preferred qualifications.


Stroud Water Research Center seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water through global research, education, and watershed restoration and to help businesses, landowners, policymakers, and individuals make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world. Since its creation in 1967, teams of scientists have conducted pioneering research on streams and rivers locally, regionally, and throughout the world. Today, the Stroud Center’s research team blends its talents in chemistry, microbiology, aquatic entomology (insects and other invertebrates), ichthyology (fish), hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, and ecosystem modeling in collaborative studies of the physical, chemical, and biological processes of streams and rivers. The Stroud Center’s Education staff helps to interpret our research findings and builds education programs about freshwater ecology, management, and stewardship for a wide audience. The Stroud Center’s Watershed Restoration Group develops and implements watershed restoration programs that connect landowners, stakeholders, and the general public with best management practices for conserving, restoring, and protecting watersheds. While we work in watersheds all over the world, most of our ideas are generated and pilot tested at the Stroud Center’s main campus in the White Clay Creek experimental watershed where the Stroud Center has a 50-year research and monitoring record within a unique facility that includes indoor “wet” labs and streamside flumes fed by flowing water pumped in from the creek on our property.

In 2012, the Stroud Center expanded its campus to 50 acres and constructed a LEED Platinum-certified building for education and public outreach, the Moorhead Environmental Complex. Learn more at