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Student Employment, Kansas Geological Survey

This position open only to students enrolled at the University of Kansas.

Working Job Title: Technical Research Assistant (2950531)
Regular Hourly or Work Study
Hourly Rate: $9.35-$10.50, depending on qualifications and experience
Tentative Start Date: April 23, 2018
KGS Section: Exploration Services (BW)
Hours Per Week: 5-20 hrs/week (flexible)


Vehicle and equipment cleaning and maintenance:

65% Primary responsibility will be the cleaning of Exploration Services (ES) vehicles and equipment. Cleaning, waxing, and detailing ES vehicles inside and out, before and after fieldwork and during downtime. Vehicle include but not limited to diesel trucks, crew trucks, passenger vehicles, trailers, exploration drills, other seismic vehicles, seismic equipment, shop/work area, and other fabricated equipment and vehicles.

10% General maintenance of vehicles and equipment will include but not be limited to, minor electrical repairs, driving vehicles to and from service, and other minor maintenance activities.

Shop and Fieldwork:

20% Inventorying of trailer supplies, shop supplies, and equipment. Must have the ability to lift and move equipment and supplies ranging in weights and sizes. Periodically assist geophysics field research crew at various locations around the U.S. and an exploration drilling crew in Kansas. Field work may require walking, bending, and lifting for many hours through uneven terrain, heavily wooded, or mountainous areas.


5% Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  1. KU student, meeting enrollment requirements.**
  2. Basic knowledge of shop tools and shop safety.
  3. Experience working outdoors.

**During the semester term of the appointment, the student hourly must be enrolled at the University of Kansas in no fewer than 6 credit hours. For summer periods the student hourly must: 1) have been enrolled in no less than 6 hours in the past spring semester or 2) be pre-enrolled in upcoming fall semester in no less than 6 hours or 3) be enrolled in summer session or 4) be admitted to study in the upcoming fall semester. Student Hourlies may be undergraduate or graduate students. (Exceptions granted for GRA/GTA/GA appointments DO NOT apply to Student Hourly appointments).

Position Requirement

  1. Valid Kansas Class "C" driver's license at onset of employment in order to drive state vehicles.
  2. Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds.
  3. Available in blocks of two or more hours at a time during the weeks while semester is in session.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience with the use of hand tools and minor mechanical repairs.
  2. Commercial, agricultural, or domestic vehicle experience including maintenance and troubleshooting.
  3. Ability to be away from Lawrence during summer for a week or more at a time (w/ travel expenses paid).
  4. Engineering or geoscience background.
  5. Work experience with welding, cutting, grinding, and basic metal fabrication, plus electronic fabrication, troubleshooting, and soldering.

Procedures for Applying

Apply online at Complete the online student application and upload a resume. Cover letter optional but helpful if it outlines how qualifications are met. Provide work references.

Person to Contact

Annette Delaney, Kansas Geological Survey
Phone: 864-2152
Fax: 864-5317

Closing Date for Applications

Sunday, April 29, 2018 Extended

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University's programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.

Placed online April 3, 2018
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