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Make a Splash in Water Data Science: USGS Data Science Seeking New Leadership

The USGS Water Mission Area is hiring new data science leadership

Date Posted April 6, 2023 Last Updated May 7, 2024
Author Joe Nielsen
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An banner announcing an upcoming hire for leadership of the Data Science Branch in the USGS Water Mission Area. This is a permanent federal position at GS14 with a really awesome group of people!

Update July 3, 2023: This position closed after 48 hours when the 50 applicant cap was met. Thank you to everyone for their interest and stay tuned as we review applications.

Exciting news for aspiring water data science leaders! In May or early June the USGS will be recruiting a new water data science Branch Chief. This is a unique and challenging career opportunity to lead and manage the cutting-edge research and development efforts of our team. As a permanent federal employee at the GS-14 level, the successful candidate will lead a dynamic team of experts and make a significant contribution to the field of water data science.

This position is responsible for providing strategic leadership in developing and maintaining data science as a discipline within the USGS. This includes overseeing the development and implementation of tools and techniques for data-intensive research, data analytics, and data visualization products and services within the USGS Water Resources Mission Area. A better feel for the work, however, can likely be had by reading the thoughtful reflections of Jordan Read, the prior Branch Chief, and the current directions and opportunities for water data science at USGS .

This position will provide applicants with a unique opportunity to work with a highly skilled team contributing to the scientific community and public understanding of water resources in support of the broad USGS mission to deliver actionable information at scales and timeframes relevant to decision makers – to provide science to a changing world.

We are looking for a leader that has experience leading collaborative teams, is empathetic, provides mentorship, values a healthy work culture, and is a leader who will advocate for employees. We seek an innovator who has technical prowess and brings leadership and vision to data science within the organization, federal government, and externally. We maintain high standards in our recruitment process for all positions, always striving to bring in expertise and skillsets that moves our data science mission forward in the federal government. We will continue this tradition with this position and look to attract top talent to maintain our reputation for excellence.

If you can picture yourself in this role and team, please be on the lookout for more information when the position formally opens this spring. We will post another announcement at the Water Data for the Nation blog and advertise the job on Twitter, so be sure to follow @USGS_DataSci for the latest updates on this position. To apply you will need to create a profile on USAJOBS , where you can also sign up for automated notifications on position openings.

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees feel valued and have the support they need to thrive. We believe that a diverse team brings a wide range of perspectives, experiences and ideas that drive innovation and improve our ability to deliver cutting edge science. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups, to apply for this position when it opens.


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