[unav_all] IRIS Employment Opportunity - Transportable Array Alaska Station Specialist (Anchorage, AK)

Andy Frassetto andyf at iris.edu
Wed May 21 12:59:46 MDT 2014

*Alaska Station Specialist - USArray Transportable Array
(Anchorage, AK)

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS, 
www.iris.edu) seeks a Station Specialist to engage in the effort to 
install EarthScope USArray Transportable Array (TA) stations in Alaska 
and western Canada (www.usarray.org/Alaska) over the next several years.

The Station Specialist will divide their time between remote field 
locations and the Array Operation Center (AOC) in Anchorage, reporting 
to the Station Deployment Coordinator and TA Management. This position 
is responsible for conducting detailed monthly schedules of 
Transportable Array station deployment activities and making the best 
use of the resources needed to accomplish each deployment by careful 
planning and execution in the field. Resources include equipment (i.e. 
construction tools and materials, station hardware), personnel, and 
logistical support. This position requires extensive communication and 
interaction with IRIS and associated contractor personnel to plan and 
maintain efficient, safety conscious, and team-oriented field operations.

Additional tasking for the Station Specialist will depend on 
demonstrated skills and interest, but will fall into one of three 
following general areas: 1) Logistics coordination---plan air support 
and field accommodations for personnel and work with aviation 
contractors on scheduling fuel supplies, etc.; 2) Field operations 
management---direct movement of materials between the field hubs and 
remote installation sites and report on daily activities; 3) Field crew 
lead---oversee and report on site construction/installation at remote 

Overall, this will be a unique opportunity to apply scientific knowledge 
and engineering skills to the creation of an unprecedented seismological 
observatory. The ideal candidate will have at least a bachelor's degree 
in geophysics or a related subject and several years of experience 
deploying and operating seismometers or doing similar technical and 
team-oriented fieldwork, particularly in isolated environments. Strong 
communication, negotiation, and problem solving skills are vital to the 
position. Familiarity with winter survival practices, emergency 
first-aid, bear awareness training, and use of firearms are plusses. 
IRIS is a geographically distributed organization, and the Station 
Specialists will work with the Station Deployment Coordinator as well as 
TA management located primarily outside of Alaska. This position 
includes frequent travel via small aircraft, driving, and strenuous 
field activities in rugged settings.

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Candidates should 
submit a letter of interest, a resume highlighting pertinent work 
experience, and the contact information (name, phone number, and email) 
for at least three references. To apply, these should be sent 
electronically to hr at iris.edu with the subject line "Alaska TA Station 
Specialist". The positions are available immediately and will remain 
open until filled. More information is available here: 

Applications will be reviewed beginning on June 16, 2014.
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