Position Vacancy Announcement, Kansas Geological Survey
Position: Field Research Assistant (00008428)
Official University Title: Research Assistant
Start Date: Position available on or about April 1, 2013; exact starting date negotiable.
Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin February 4, 2013; position will remain open until filled.
Salary, Employment Status, and Fringe Benefits: Starting salary $38,000-$43,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Full-time, regular position with 12-month appointment to unclassified professional staff at the University of Kansas; position is subject to six-month probationary period and annual reviews. Benefits include 22 days vacation leave, 12 days sick leave, and 9 holidays annually; group medical, dental, life insurance, and retirement program options; and University staff privileges.
Exploration Services develops and uses several techniques to provide information about the subsurface, working to come up with less expensive, less invasive methods of providing images of the underground. This includes innovative methods of high resolution shallow seismic reflection. The section also provides drilling in support of water, petroleum, and basic subsurface research. An active program in the maintenance and rehabilitation of wells drilled by the Kansas Geological Survey is also part of this section.
This section also runs a program designed to monitor changes and identify regional trends in the High Plains, Dakota, and alluvial aquifers. The Water Well Project annually measures about 1,380 wells in 47 central and western Kansas counties.
This position provides drilling and technical field support for KGS scientists and collaborating outside parties. Support includes drilling and sampling operations, borehole/well logging, maintenance and plugging, observation well installations, water level measurement, and seismic/geophysical field support.
70% Drilling and Sampling
- Maintain and expand operational capabilities of KGS drilling, plugging, and logging equipment and techniques.
- Participate in and oversee mobilizing and demobilizing for drilling, plugging, and logging operations.
- Maintain and enhance drilling, logging and plugging skills; independently design and complete drilling and/or sampling operations as requested by KGS scientists.
- Lead drilling operations. On occasion, manage drill site and assume responsibility for deliverables. Assume responsibility for drill site operations, both safety and product quality/quantity, when senior driller is not on-site, when requested by senior driller, or during solo operations.
- Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of workload and projects.
- May be responsible for scheduling and executing services in support of scientists throughout the KGS.
- May be required to work with outside agencies to complete tasks associated with KGS research or service.
30% Technical Support
- Participate in annual water level measurement program.
- Provide geophysical field support for seismic crew.
- Provide a range of field support to KGS scientists. Examples include: landowner search, borehole monitoring, borehole logging, utility clearance, and field contractor oversight.
- Acquire and maintain a high level of proficiency with DGPS (Digital GPS survey equipment) rock sample preparation, rock description, basic log analysis, borehole cutting classification, and have basic understanding of laboratory techniques and geologic mapping.
- Ensure inventory of necessary supplies and tools for the various approved drilling and support activities.
- High school diploma or GED.
- Good organizational, communication, and record-keeping skills as evidenced by application materials.
- Demonstrable work experience in one or more of the following categories:
- Drilling (rotary, auger, core, direct-push)
- Hydraulic systems maintenance and repair
- Scientific/technical fieldwork (data/sample acquisition, installation/maintenance of field instruments.)
- Vehicle/equipment maintenance and repair
- Farm or construction work
- Valid, current, and unrestricted driver's license. Ability to obtain Kansas Class A CDL within 6 months of hire.
- Ability to be away from home base for up to ten days at a time, averaging 110 days per year.
- Ability to work outdoors in possibly extreme conditions for extended periods while performing repetitive and labor-intensive tasks over periods of several days.
- Ability to lift and move up to 100 pounds short distances.
- College degree (Associates or higher) in Geoscience, Environmental Science, Geoscience related Engineering, and/or Automotive, Hydraulic or Welding technology.
- Two or more years geoscience or environmental work experience.
- Kansas Class "A" commercial driver's license with combination vehicle driving experience.
- Demonstrable geoscience-related fieldwork experience.
- Sample collection and preparation experience
- Demonstrable managerial and supervisory experience.
- Design and fabrication skills.
- Borehole logging experience.
- Computer literacy in Windows-based programs.
Apply online at https://employment.ku.edu, search by position number 00008428 or Field Research Assistant title in the keyword field.
- Complete the online application.
- Upload a written letter of application specifically addressing each required and preferred qualification;
- Upload a vitae/resume, and
- Provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references.
If you have questions, contact Annette Delaney, Human Resources Manager, Kansas Geological Survey, firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: (785) 864-2152. If you have technical questions about the position, contact Joe Anderson, email@example.com, phone: (785) 864-2075.
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