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  • Jennifer Fontes
    Please circulate the following open USGS opportunity to qualified candidates. Other positions are also available on our website at www.eco.org. Thanks The
    Message 1 of 3 , Jun 1, 2001
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      Please circulate the following open USGS opportunity to qualified
      candidates. Other positions are also available on our website at
      www.eco.org. Thanks

      The Arsenic in New England Task

      910 - Reston, VA
      Sponsored by US Geological Survey
      Description of Projects: The Arsenic in New England Task is
      conducted as part of the Clean Water Action Plan. The Mid-Atlantic Geology
      and Infrastructure Case Study (MAGIC) project is conducted as part of the
      Mineral Resources Program activity of the U.S. Geological Survey. Both
      projects are administered within the Eastern Mineral Resources Team with a
      focus on research in the eastern part of the United States.

      The focus of The Arsenic in Groundwater in New England Task is
      geologic and geochemical studies of rocks, soils, and stream sediments in
      New England in relation to understanding the source(s), processes of
      mobilization, occurrence, and distribution of arsenic in groundwater used
      for drinking water supply. The study area will cover much of New England,
      with emphasis on southern Maine, New Hampshire, eastern Massachusetts, and

      To accomplish the objective to develop the occurrence and
      distribution model for arsenic in New England groundwater, the project will
      acquire field and laboratory data on the geology, structural setting,
      mineralogy, and chemistry of rocks, and sediments in the region.

      The focus of the MAGIC project is to develop a digital database of
      infrastructure-related industrial mineral resource development trends and
      issues in the mid-Atlantic region covering the District of Columbia and the
      counties within Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia that
      fall within the Washington and Baltimore 1 x 2 Degree maps (38°N to 40°N and
      76°W to 78°W).

      To accomplish these objectives, the project will be compiling
      information and creating a database to:
      * Identify the principal geologic sources and locations of high
      quality construction aggregates resources in the region.
      * Document the production and use of aggregates on a county basis in
      the region.

      The data in both projects will be used to construct digital maps and
      digital data sets.

      Objectives of Internship: The intern will provide GIS (Geographic
      Information Systems) expertise in support of the Projects' database
      development, management, and publication activities. This support will
      consist of assistance in constructing and maintaining digital geologic,
      geochemical, and other datasets. The intern will be involved in activities
      to develop digital databases and maps portraying geochemical and other data.
      The intern will use advanced aspects of GIS and will be expected to assist
      in developing derivative GIS data layers from existing USGS and adjunct
      digital data for digital and more traditional publication formats. The
      intern will also develop information and digital graphics for release in a
      web-publication format.

      Specific Tasks:

      1. Maintenance of digital data bases, including sorting of records,
      merging of records, and entering data. Work will involve using spreadsheets
      and databases.
      2. Advanced GIS manipulations of databases in Arc View and Arc/Info.
      Editing and synthesizing GIS data to produce digital maps for publication.
      3. Library research directed towards editing and upgrading existing
      digital datasets.

      Work Experience Benefits to Intern: The intern will receive a broad
      range of experience in working with a diverse group of USGS and
      collaborating scientists from other federal and state agencies, and from
      academia and industry. By collaborating with senior GIS specialists, the
      intern will refine and develop skills in digital datasets and GIS
      applications, areas of increasing importance in the geosciences.
      Specific Qualifications Required:
      1) The intern must have a Bachelor's degree with at least an overall
      average of a 2.9 or higher.
      2) The intern must have advanced skills with ARC/INFO and ArcView,
      including working knowledge of spatial analysis. The intern must also have
      working knowledge of the major spreadsheet and database programs (for
      example, Excel, Access.) The intern must have the ability to quickly learn
      and deal with new software.
      3) The intern must have the ability to research information in the
      library with a minimal amount of supervision.
      4) Experience with ArcView extensions Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst
      is desirable.
      Additional Qualifications Desirable: Background knowledge of
      geology, mineralogy, and geochemistry is desirable.
      Full-time; 1 year with the possible extension to two years; $13.266
      per hour; $27,593 per year; Start Date: ASAP; Deadline to Apply: June 15,
      Send Resume to Jaina D'Ambra, Internship Program Coordinator at
      jdambra@... or 179 South St. Boston, MA 02111 or fax: 617.426.8159.
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    • Jennifer Fontes
      **Please circulate the following position to all qualified candidates. Find this and other job opportunities on our website at WWW.ECO.ORG Toxic Metal
      Message 2 of 3 , Jul 20, 2001
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        **Please circulate the following position to all qualified candidates. Find
        this and other job opportunities on our website at WWW.ECO.ORG

        Toxic Metal Assistant
        YOUR ID - Reston, VA
        Sponsored by US Geological Survey
        Description of Project:
        This project investigates lifecycle models of toxic metals in the
        surface environment, in mineralized and barren rocks, silicate and sulfide
        minerals, water, and biological materials, with an emphasis on understanding
        geochemical and environmental aspects controlling the transport,
        mobilization, and accumulation of toxic metals. Distinguishing human-induced
        changes from natural changes in the environment is a key feature of the
        work. To accomplish this objective, natural and anthropogenic sources of
        toxic metals are investigated by applying a variety of geologic and
        geochemical approaches in the United States and elsewhere. Studies of the
        mineralogy, major, minor, and trace-element compositions, and especially of
        the radiogenic isotope geology will be used to develop models describing the
        origins, sources, and processes that explain anomalous concentrations of
        toxic metals. These data will be used to establish the geochemical
        variability and mechanisms controlling toxic metal redistribution and to
        document regional environmental signatures.

        Objective of Internship:

        The intern will develop and apply skills in the radiogenic isotope
        laboratory (Pb isotopes, Sr isotopes, Nd isotopes, B isotopes) for the
        collection, preparation, and analysis of solid samples of fresh, altered,
        weathered and mineralized rocks, minerals, sediments, soils, biological
        materials, and waters. The intern will apply a variety of radiogenic isotope
        techniques to study the processes leading to mobilization of toxic metals,
        and especially apply the techniques to identify the sources of pollution and
        to quantify the relative contributions of such toxic metal sources into
        environmental systems.

        Specific Tasks:

        1. Intern will help maintain the radiogenic isotope laboratory,
        including an ultra-clean lab, mass spectrometer and supporting equipment.
        The intern will assist in all aspects of the radiogenic isotope chemistry

        2. Intern will assist in all aspects of sampling in the field,
        sample preparation in the radiogenic isotope lab, purification and
        separation of the isotopes in the isotope lab, and sample characterization
        using various analytical techniques, including classical microscopy, X-ray
        fluorescence analysis, electron microprobe, SEM, etc.

        3. Intern will archive the samples, and help maintain sample
        databases and assist in data compilation.

        4. The intern will create and edit computer drafting, illustrations,
        text, and photography.

        5. Intern will assist in the interpretation, writing, and
        preparation of reports for publication (coauthorship).

        8. Work Experience Benefits to Intern:

        The intern will learn up-to-date techniques used in radiogenic
        isotope labs for the investigation of areas containing anomalous
        concentrations of toxic metals (unmined lands, active mines, and abandoned
        mines). Funded projects include determination of sources contributing
        anomalous abundances of arsenic, mercury, selenium, etc. to waters and lake
        sediments in the eastern United States, and isotope characterization of
        rocks and minerals to study fluid evolution in sedimentary basins in
        northern Alaska. Field techniques will include USGS protocols for sampling
        rocks, minerals, soils and other materials from a variety of site types
        (adits, open pits, mine faces, outcrop, drillcore, etc.). Laboratory
        techniques will include maintenance and operation of equipment, primarily
        related to the radiogenic isotope lab.
        Special Qualifications Required:


        Knowledge or experience equivalent to a MS in isotope chemistry, or
        environmental sciences. Laboratory experience must include handling and
        preparation of samples for U-Th-Pb, Rb-Sr, Nd-Sm isotope analysis. Must have
        previous experience using mass spectrometers and working in chemistry labs.

        Additional Qualifications Desirable:

        Previous experience in the identification of rock and minerals
        types, use of the electron microprobe, transmitted and reflected light
        microscopy, SEM, and other equipment and techniques for sample
        characterization. Knowledge of statistical, computer drafting and
        illustration, photography, and file management programs.

        11. Overtime Requirements:
        1. Data gathering (onboard research vessels or field work away from
        site): No
        2. "Field Party" experiences (fieldwork for extended number of
        days): Yes
        3. Day trips away from site requiring extended hours in excess of 8
        hours: Yes
        4. Lab experimentation where nature of the experiment requires
        continuous monitoring resulting in hours in excess of 8 hours: Yes
        5. Other (Please explain.): None
        Full-time; one year with possible extension to two; $34216 per year,
        $16.45 per hour; Start Date: ASAP; Deadline to Apply: August 7, 2001
        Send Resume to Jennifer Fontes, Internship Program Coordinator at
        jfontes@... or 179 South St, Boston, MA 02111 or fax: 617-426-8159.

        Jennifer Fontes
        USGS Internship Program Manager
        The Environmental Careers Organization
        179 South Street
        Fifth Floor
        Boston, MA 02111
      • Jennifer Fontes
        Please Circulate this USGS job opportunity to qualified candidates. Thanks! Earth Science Internship US Geological Survey DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: November
        Message 3 of 3 , Nov 14, 2001
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          Please Circulate this USGS job opportunity to qualified candidates. Thanks!

          Earth Science Internship
          US Geological Survey
          DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: November 28, 2001
          Contact: Jennifer Fontes
          179 South Street
          Boston, MA 02111
          Email: Jfontes@... fax: 617-426-8159

          Project #281
          Location: Reston, Virginia
          Compensation: $34,216 per year, $16.45 per hour
          Start date: ASAP
          Deadline: November 28, 2001

          Duration: one year with possible extension to two

          Project Description:
          Restoration efforts for the Florida Everglades are focused on
          re-establishing and enhancing shallow surface-water flows where these
          habitat-preserving conditions have been lost or diminished due to canal and
          hydraulic control structure diversions. This project is focused on
          quantifying canal and wetland flow exchanges through field data-collection
          efforts, analyzing these data to investigate forcing mechanisms and to
          evaluate empirical coefficients, and translating these findings into the
          development of improved simulation models for use in determining the
          effectiveness of restoration actions.

          Objectives of the Internship:
          This internship will provide an intern with the opportunity to work closely
          with hydrologists and other research scientists in the full range of tasks
          associated with the translation of field-collected data into an interpretive
          tool to appraise water-management decisions and actions. The Associate will
          work closely with the project chief and other scientists to collect the
          needed data, to compile and verify the data for entry into data bases, to
          analyze the data for translation into mathematical expressions, to prepare
          the data for input to simulation models, and to develop graphical tools and
          methods for visualization of simulation results.

          Specific Tasks:
          1. Assist in the preparation and execution of efforts to collect
          intensive hydrualic and hydrologic data in the South Florida Everglades
          using sophisticated instruments with laptop computers and field notebooks to
          record the data and descriptive information.
          2. Download data from the laptop media and enter descriptive
          information from field notes into computer files, transfer these to
          appropriate data bases and (or) computer program formats, and develop
          graphical plots and statistical measures to verify the data integrity.
          3. Transform data to appropriate formats for input to mathematical
          models, execute numerical model simulations, and develop graphical plots of
          numerical results for comparison with field-collected data.
          4. Develop graphical plotting techniques and routines compatible for
          use in simulation models and Geographical Information Systems for evaluating
          and demonstrating flow conditions in interconnected canal and wetland

          Work Experience Benefit(s) to Intern:
          The Associate will be integrally involved with all aspects of the research
          effort and thus will derive considerable first-hand experience and knowledge
          of the scientific approach to real-world problem solving. Associate will be
          introduced to other disciplinary activities affiliated with and contributing
          to the work of the US Geological Survey in restoring the Florida Everglades
          to pre-drainage conditions.

          Specific Qualifications Required:

          Requires a Master's Degree from a US college or university or US citizen
          that studied abroad.
          Able to work 40 hours per week.
          Specific course work in the field of hydraulics, hydrology, and computer
          science are highly desirable. An understanding of the basic concepts of
          fluid mechanics, the components of the hydrologic cycle, and the use of
          simulation modeling in problem solving are needed. Advanced computer skills
          including the ability to write computer code (e.g. Fortran, Visual Basic,
          etc) to use spreadsheet database programs (e.g. MS Excel, Oracle, etc) and
          to employ statistical software (e.g. SAS) graphical plotting packages (e.g.
          Matlab, Mathematics, etc) to interpret time-series data using PC and (or)
          Unix systems are all highly desirable. Excellent verbal and written
          communication skills are needed.

          Additional Qualifications Desired:
          Prior knowledge and (or) working experience with mathematical simulation
          models are a plus.

          DIVERSITY INITIATIVE: If you are part of an underrepresented group, please
          state your interest in ECO's Diversity Initiative by typing or printing in
          the upper right hand corner of the first page of your resume the following:
          DIVERSITY INITIATIVE. Be sure this is included before you send your resume.

          Jennifer Fontes
          USGS Internship Program Manager
          The Environmental Careers Organization
          179 South Street
          Fifth Floor
          Boston, MA 02111
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