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Position Vacancy Announcement, Kansas Geological Survey

Position: Field Research Technician (00008428)

Official University Title: Assistant Researcher

Tentative Start Date: November 26, 2018, or as soon as possible.

Application Deadline: Review begins October 22, 2018, position will remain open until filled.

Salary, Employment Status, and Fringe Benefits: Full-time position, subject to annual review. Salary is $40,000 or greater, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Position Overview

This position provides technical field support in Exploration Services (ES) for the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) scientists and collaborating outside parties. Responsibilities include borehole (well) drilling and sampling operations, well logging, well maintenance and plugging, installation of observation well installations, water level measurement seismic/geophysical field support, equipment fabrication, earthquake station installation and maintenance, and other areas of geological-related support work as needed.

The person in this position will be required under the direction of the Senior Driller to become a proficient driller in the use of all the KGS drilling units. With the current level of drilling and sampling undertaken at the KGS, obtaining this training/experience might take several years. During this period and beyond, when not engaged in drilling or sampling activities, a great deal of independence and direction will be provided to become familiar and experienced with participating in geophysical surveys, water level measurement projects, instrument installation, and fabrication of specialized equipment and tools. Prior experience with drilling or geophysical equipment or surveys is not expected or required. Candidates who enjoy working outdoors and/or shop work (e.g. machining, woodworking, maintenance, or fabrication) and want a long-term career in this field are encouraged to apply.


20% Drilling and Sampling

20% Geophysical/Water Level Program Technical Support

20% Earthquake Research Support

20% Fabrication and Equipment Maintenance

20% General Field Support Services

Required Qualifications

  1. Associate's degree and two years of relevant experience or high school diploma/GED and four years of relevant experience.
  2. Good organizational, communication, and record-keeping skills as evidenced by application materials.
  3. Demonstrable work experience in one or more of the following categories:

Position Requirements

  1. Valid, current, and unrestricted Class "C" driver's license at onset of appointment. Ability to obtain Kansas Class A CDL within 6 months of hire using KGS vehicles.
  2. Ability to occasionally travel away from home-base for up to ten days at a time, typically with advance notice (generally 10 days for longer trips and two days or more for shorter trips). Over last several years field days have numbered around 30 to 40 days per year.
  3. Ability to work outdoors in possibly extreme conditions for extended periods while performing repetitive and labor-intensive tasks over periods of several days.
  4. Ability to lift and move up to 100 pounds short distances.
  5. Ability to work independently and make decisions with remote guidance.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. College degree in Geoscience, Environmental Science, geoscience-related Engineering, and/or Automotive, Hydraulic, or Welding technology.
  2. Demonstrable geoscience-related fieldwork experience.
  3. Demonstrable work experience in drilling (rotary, auger, core, direct-push) or hydraulic systems maintenance and repair.
  4. Borehole logging, and/or sample collection and preparation experience.
  5. Experience with electrical and/or assembly of electronic or scientific equipment.
  6. Design and fabrication skills with a basic knowledge of shop tools and shop safety as evidenced by academic or work experience.
  7. Kansas Class "A" commercial driver's license with combination vehicle driving experience.
  8. Computer literacy in Windows-based programs.

Application Procedure

Apply online at Complete the University of Kansas Unclassified Professional Staff profile and upload the required material:

  1. Cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications and position requirements.
  2. Resume.
  3. Contact information for three professional references.

A complete application will consist of all items above; incomplete applications will not be considered.

Review begins October 22, 2018, and will continue until a qualified pool of applicants is received. For best consideration apply by the review date above.

Contact Information

Annette Delaney at or (785) 864-2152.

Exploration Services Section

The KGS Exploration Services (ES) section develops and uses several methods to provide information about the subsurface, using both invasive and non-invasive approaches with a focus on higher resolution and accuracy while reducing cost. This includes innovative methods of shallow seismic characterization.

The ES section provides drilling in support of water, energy, and basic subsurface research. It also runs a program designed to monitor changes and identify regional trends in the High Plains, Dakota, and alluvial aquifers, measuring about 1,380 wells in 47 central and western Kansas counties. As well, the ES section is responsible for installation, maintenance, and collection of data from earthquake recording stations in Kansas—both permanent stations and several temporary networks—to detect and analyze seismic activity.

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 Sept. 26, 2018
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