[unav_all] New Job Posting

Holly Zilling zilling at unavco.org
Fri May 27 10:53:29 MDT 2011

Interested applicants should apply via the UNAVCO website

Position:    Engineer I                                                                            FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports to:  Project Manager or Engineer III                                               Created: 05/27/11

Summary of Job
Independently manages and implements geophysical projects via hands-on field work, or network and communication maintenance.
Essential Job Functions
·        Independently manages and implements geophysical projects which may include: logistics, site reconnaissance, site selection, permitting, installation activities, maintenance, testing of equipment and systems, and data flow activities.
·        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, troubleshoots, and solves technical issues related to hardware, software, and data communications. 

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

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

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

·        Prepares project budgets – reviews expenditures and provides documentation and technical feedback to assist in proposal writing.

·        Supervise contract labor and subcontract teams in the installation of geophysical instrumentation as needed. 

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

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

·        Other duties may be assigned as necessary for the successful operation of the business.


Skills and Knowledge


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

·       Ability to plan and coordinate projects.

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

·       Proficiency in computer networking and data communications

·       Effective oral and written communication skills in English.

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

·       Ability and willingness to work for extended periods in remote locations under extreme weather conditions.


·        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.

·        1 year 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.  Must be able to make decisions which have significant impact on the department. Must be able to compose letters, outlines and basic reports and to orally communicate technical information. Must be able to compute, analyze and interpret numerical data for reports.
COCONet Addendum
Must be able to obtain a passport and travel internationally. Must be willing to frequently travel 2-3 weeks every month.  Spanish or French language skills are desirable.  This position will be based in Boulder.
Holly Zilling
Administrative Assistant
fax: 303-381-7501
zilling at unavco.org

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