[unav_all] UNAVCO Job Position Open - Field Engineer II - Alaska

Melissa Weber weber at unavco.org
Thu Dec 9 14:01:32 MST 2010

All applicants MUST apply via the following link: www.unavco.org/careers

Position: Field Engineer II - ALASKA      
FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports to: Project Manager or Engineer III         

Created: 4/2005; Revised 09/10/10

Summary of Job
This individual independently manages and implements complex geophysical projects via hands-on fieldwork, or network and communication maintenance.
Essential Job Functions
·        Independently manages and implements complex geophysical projects, which may include: logistics, site reconnaissance, site selection, permitting, installation activities, maintenance, network configuration, station communications and/or data flow activities.
·        Candidate must be available to spend at least 3 consecutive weeks in remote field locations each month, from April through September.
·        Monitor the GPS network in Alaska to ensure a very high degree of reliability for the Alaska GPS network.
·        Assist with the design and testing of systems to improve the reliability of the Alaska GPS network.
·        Candidate must be knowledgeable in Alaska shipping and logistics.
·        Candidate must have previous experience and be comfortable working around helicopters, light aircraft and maritime vessels.
·        Candidate must have previous experience working in rural Alaska and be able to work harmoniously with diverse populations.
·        Candidate should be willing to work outside of the Alaska Region on an as needed basis during the winter.
·        Candidate should be comfortable driving a full size pickup truck, sometimes towing a trailer, on icy and snowy roads for prolonged periods of time.
·        Candidate must possess, or be able to get a passport within 90 days of hire and should not have any restrictions on travel between Canada and the United States.
·        Candidate should be familiar and comfortable with the safe operation of firearms.
·        Works in conjunction with Principal Investigators, UNAVCO staff and other collaborators to plan and execute geophysical projects to support the UNAVCO community.
·        Specifies station configurations and data collection strategies and develops related cost estimates and project budgets.

·        Independently identifies and solves technical issues related to hardware, software, and data communications.  Troubleshoots hardware, software and logistics.

·        Independently trains field personnel and other UNAVCO staff in best practice techniques for geophysical data collection.

·        Leads the design, fabrication, integration, testing, documentation, and repair of hardware and software for geophysical projects.

·        Uses ingenuity in making adaptations and modifications when necessary.

·        Generates detailed technical project documentation and prepares required reports. Prepares content for UNAVCO web site.

·        Reviews expenditures and provides documentation and technical feedback to assist in the proposal writing process.

·        Supervise contract labor, subcontract teams and Engineer I’s in the installation of geophysical instrumentation. 

·        Contribute to scientific and engineering presentations on geophysical project results.

·        Travel domestically or internationally for extended periods in support of geophysical projects on short notice.

·        Other duties may be assigned.

Skills and Knowledge


·        Expert knowledge of geophysical methodologies and instrumentation, data communications, and power systems.

·        Ability to supervise complex engineering tasks.

·        Proven ability to plan and coordinate complex geophysical research projects.

·        Broad range of computer skills in operating systems, communications, networking and applications.

·        Skills in the safe use of hand and power tools.

·        Proficiency in computer networking and data communications.

·        Ability to master project specific hardware and software.

·        Effective oral and written communication skills in English.

·        Ability to obtain a valid driver’s license and a UNAVCO-insurable driving record.


·        Experience in processing geophysical data and analyzing results.

Required Education and Experience
·        Bachelor’s degree in engineering, Earth science or similar field or equivalent specialized work experience.

·        Four years experience in engineering, Earth science research, or other relevant technical experience or a combination of relative education and experience.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to balance, bend, stoop, climb, kneel, crawl, and climb stairs; sit for sustained periods of time; use fingers and repetitive motion on computing and communications devices; ability to carry and lift items over 45 pounds; ability to reach above shoulders; ability to walk in remote areas over rough terrain in extreme weather conditions; ability to hear and speak effectively on phone; the ability to see technical components in low lighting conditions.  Must be able to fly in confined aircrafts.


Mental Requirements

Must be able to understand complex issues and collaborate and explore alternative solutions.  Must be able to organize and prioritize work schedule of others on short-term basis.  Must be able to make decisions, which have significant impact on the department. Must be able to make informal presentations. Must be able to compose detailed reports, work-related manuals and to orally communicate technical information. Must be able to compute, analyze and interpret numerical data for reports.
Melissa M. Weber
6350 Nautilus Dr.
Boulder, CO 80301
ph: 303-381-7561
fax: 303-381-7501

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