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Critical Materials Lab Tech

Job Posting: July 22, 2024

Posting Classification: Research Corporation

Exemption Status: Non-Exempt

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Schedule: Full-time

About the Opportunity:
This role plays a pivotal part in advancing the ongoing exploration of rare earth elements (REE) and critical materials (CM) from non-traditional sources, notably acid mine drainage. Responsibilities encompass conducting crucial bench-scale laboratory experiments, overseeing treatment systems operation, and meticulously documenting laboratory test results pertinent to the separation and retrieval of REE and CM. Moreover, this role contributes significantly to project technical reporting, proposal formulation, and ensures the execution of all tasks in adherence to health and safety protocols. Its significance extends to the prosperous realization of various Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Defense (DOD) funded initiatives.

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(Hybrid) Water Remediation Specialist

Job Posting: July 22, 2024

Posting Classification: Research Corporation

Exemption Status: Non-Exempt

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Schedule: Full-time

About the Opportunity:
The incumbent plays a pivotal role in supporting the coordination and implementation of West Virginia Water Research Institute (WVWRI) programs, including the Three Rivers QUEST (3RQ) program and acid mine drainage (AMD) programs. Responsibilities include assisting with grant and report writing, conducting field sampling events, and collaborating with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and various watershed groups to identify and implement acid mine drainage remediation projects. The incumbent also engages in various aspects of all WVWRI programs, encompassing program implementation, outreach, and reporting.

The incumbent assists in the coordination and implementation of WVWRI programs, providing essential support across multiple projects. They aid in the preparation of grant proposals and reports, ensuring timely and accurate submissions. Field sampling events are conducted, with data collected and analyzed to support program goals. Collaboration with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and watershed groups is crucial to identify and implement AMD remediation projects. Outreach efforts involve developing and maintaining working relationships with various volunteer groups, attending monthly meetings, and fostering strong connections with state, federal, and grassroots organizations. Under the direction of the Project Manager, the incumbent pursues opportunities for funding and program expansion.

In terms of supervision and coordination, the incumbent provides oversight and supervision to undergraduate student workers, ensuring productive and educational experiences. They coordinate field-related activities, offering direction and support to field teams to ensure efficient operations. Additionally, they deliver program support services to internal and external clients, responding to inquiries and independently resolving moderate to complex issues. Responsibilities involve exercising judgment, resourcefulness, and originality in handling diverse tasks, applying or adapting available guides and precedents as necessary. The incumbent performs functional operation duties with a significant impact on personnel.

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(Hybrid) Community Development Associate

Job Posting: April 23, 2024

Posting Classification: Research Corporation

Exemption Status: Exempt

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Schedule: Full-time

About the Opportunity:

This position is responsible for providing critical support in projects and programs associated with the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center (NBAC) and the WVU BAD Buildings programThe position will collaborate with other staff and partners to provide communities within WV and throughout EPA Region 3 with comprehensive technical assistance (TA) and provide coordination support for the Downtown Appalachia Working Group. Technical assistance may consist of redevelopment support, beginning with brownfield site identification through subsequent cleanup and/or site reuse, as well as downtown revitalization through  sustainable economic development initiatives and engaging with public and private sectors to coordinate data-driven development in rural downtown communities. 

The ideal candidate will utilize various methods to communicate with stakeholders on brownfield redevelopment processes and programs; provide facilitation assistance with redevelopment reuse planning and finance leveraging. The incumbent will assist with program reporting, proposal development, facilitating meetings with project stakeholders supporting the day-to-day tasks of the NBAC, and will work with communities on brownfield-related issues and downtown redevelopment.

This candidate will apply education and experience to guide and assure adherence to policy, regulations, and principles. Independently uses professional techniques, as well as organizational policies to solve a wide range of moderate to complex problems in imaginative and practical ways. Depth of skills, knowledge and interpretive abilities, as well as creativity, are required to successfully perform duties. Work effort often addresses non-routine matters within established protocol, guidelines, and/or policies. Work effort has significant impact on client services and operations, producing minor to moderate organizational, legal and financial results and/or liabilities. Position duties require oversight of projects.

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Student Positions

WRI is always seeking hard-working student researchers to assist with ongoing projects through field and lab assistance, data entry and processing, writing, and more. If you're interested in our work, consider completing WVU's Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) or Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP) program with us. WRI also posts openings for Federal Work Study and hourly student worker positions for undergraduate and graduate levels.

Current Openings

Outreach and Engagement Student Worker

Water Research and Remediation Student Worker