2331 Assistant Director, Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute (OEWRI)


TITLE Assistant Director, Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute (OEWRI)




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director, Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Head, Geography, Geology, and Planning (GGP)


The Assistant Director, OEWRI assists the Director in the supervision of research staff and graduate assistants, assists in writing grant proposals, and provides technical and environmental expertise to faculty, the department of GGP, and community agencies and organizations. The Assistant Director, OEWRI serves as principal investigator on assigned projects, designs and implements scientific field research, conducts laboratory studies, and performs multi-disciplinary analysis, disseminates the results of environmental research to professional and general audiences, and advises undergraduate and graduate students on research projects.


Education: A Master of Science degree in Geography or a related field is required.

Experience: Three years of experience in environmental research is required. Two years of administrative experience related to environmental projects or programs is required. Field experience and interest in the geomorphology, geology, hydrology, and water quality of the Ozarks region is required. Experience in research applications for soil coring equipment, geographic information systems, automatic water samplers, current meters, and hydrological/river process modeling is required.

Skills: Strong verbal and written communication skills are required. Evidence of publication of research in the field of environmental systems is required. Excellent interpersonal skills are required. Supervisory experience is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Effort: The position includes some strenuous physical labor and requires the ability to carry equipment and soil and/or water samples weighing twenty to thirty pounds. The ability to use a shovel and other associated tools to collect soil samples is required. The ability to climb steep grades on foot in rugged terrain is required.

Other: The scope of the position requires occasional evening and weekend work.


1. Assists in providing overall management for the OEWRI by supervising Research Specialists and Graduate Assistants, assisting in writing grants and obtaining contracts for the institute, consulting with others in the formulation of research designs for contracts, and providing authoritative information to University personnel and students and the public regarding the institute’s mission and standards.

2. Helps to ensure that the OEWRI produces research, studies, and analyses that adhere to the standards of the institute by designing and conducting scientific field research which includes administration, logistical planning, personnel deployment, and fiscal management of the project, conducting laboratory studies and multi-disciplinary analyses, and devising, modifying, and/or supervising the maintenance and coordination of complex and comprehensive field and laboratory research systems and facilities.

3. Disseminates the results of environmental research by publishing in peer-reviewed publications, speaking to professional and general audiences about the mission and work of the institute, and producing workshops to share research results and policy alternatives for water resource issues for agencies and community organizations.

4. Serves as the Director, OEWRI in his/her absence.

5. Maintains the OEWRI website.

6. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and the development of skills to engage with those of other cultures and backgrounds.

7. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required by the Director OEWRI.

8. Contributes to the overall success of the OEWRI by performing all other duties assigned.


The Assistant Director, OEWRI is supervised by the Director, OEWRI and supervises Research Specialists, Graduate Assistants, and others as assigned.