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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.

Section Overview

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

30% Technical Support

Required Qualifications

  1. High school diploma or GED.
  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 driver's license. Ability to obtain Kansas Class A CDL within 6 months of hire.
  2. Ability to be away from home base for up to ten days at a time, averaging 110 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.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. College degree (Associates or higher) in Geoscience, Environmental Science, Geoscience related Engineering, and/or Automotive, Hydraulic or Welding technology.
  2. Two or more years geoscience or environmental work experience.
  3. Kansas Class "A" commercial driver's license with combination vehicle driving experience.
  4. Demonstrable geoscience-related fieldwork experience.
  5. Sample collection and preparation experience
  6. Demonstrable managerial and supervisory experience.
  7. Design and fabrication skills.
  8. Borehole logging experience.
  9. Computer literacy in Windows-based programs.

Application Procedure

Apply online at, search by position number 00008428 or Field Research Assistant title in the keyword field.

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Upload a written letter of application specifically addressing each required and preferred qualification;
  3. Upload a vitae/resume, and
  4. 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,, phone: (785) 864-2152. If you have technical questions about the position, contact Joe Anderson,, phone: (785) 864-2075.

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 Dec. 27, 2012
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