DRI has resumed full in-person campus operations. Current precautions require wearing masks indoors. Due to the current health and safety emergency declaration anyone hired must receive a complete (and verified) COVID-19 vaccination series or an approved medical or religious waiver request as a term and condition of employment prior to any start date at DRI as part of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). For finalist verification and waiver questions, please contact Jennifer.Schultz@dri.edu.
Why Work at DRI?
Over 60 years of Scientific Discovery, Education and Innovation
DRI is a recognized world leader in basic and applied environmental research.
We're working to solve our most challenging environmental problems
DRI’s research calls on the expertise and methods of scientists from more than 40 different scientific disciplines, working on projects on all seven continents.
Over 40 specialized labs and facilities
Our campuses in Reno and Las Vegas house cutting-edge research facilities.
A unique model in higher education and research
DRI offers a very unique environment that combines the classic academic tradition of high-quality basic research with the productive focus of applied, interdisciplinary research.
Career Opportunities at DRI
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Our Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Affirmative Action, Title IX, and Equal Opportunity
DRI is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or gender expression. DRI employs only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.
DRI’s Hiring Process
Once your application has been selected, it will be turned over to the hiring committee. Each committee is comprised of peers from the various departments throughout DRI.
The hiring committee will then review each of the qualified applicants and select the top ranking individuals for phone/video and/or in-person interviews.
The HR Department then proceeds to contact and arrange the details for each interview.
The most qualified applicant will be selected.
For Foreign Applicants
The Desert Research Institute (DRI) only employs U.S. citizens and persons lawfully authorized to work in the United States. DRI only sponsors and coordinates work visas for Research Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellow employees.
DRI verifies each employee’s identity and eligibility to work in the United States in accordance with the immigration laws and is an E-Verify employer.
Foreign applicants should visit the University of Nevada, Reno’s Office of International Students and Scholars web page for information about working and studying in the United States. The page also provides information about exciting inter-cultural and social programs to help you make friends and adjust to your new surroundings.
Our Benefits and Relocation
DRI offers a variety of competitive benefits including comprehensive health insurance, retirement plans, and more.
DRI offers a variety of competitive benefits including comprehensive health, dental and vision care, life insurance, generous annual leave, eleven paid holidays, and excellent retirement plans. For specific information, please refer to the documents below (available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format).
To maintain scientific, technical and administrative excellence, DRI recruits personnel from a wide geographic area. We provide a generous allowance to relocate the individual, any family members, and household goods.
Explore Our Nevada Communities
Welcome to Reno!
Reno is a vibrant community that has something to offer everyone. Whether you want to hit the slopes in the Sierras, relax on the beaches of Tahoe, or just find a great place to study for that exam, we’ve got you covered.
Welcome to Las Vegas!
The Greater Las Vegas is a community full of big thinkers, bold ideas, and innovative businesses. Our culture of reinvention helped transform our region from a pioneering railroad stop into one of the most iconic international destinations in just one-hundred years. Las Vegas is a place that likes to get things done; understanding that the way we did things yesterday may not be the best way to do them tomorrow.