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Position Vacancy Announcement, Kansas Geological Survey

Position: Temporary Field Technician Specialist (00071615)

Starting Date: Ongoing, exact starting date negotiable and dependent on project need.

Application Deadline: Ongoing (Pool); applications will be accepted throughout the year and individuals will be hired on an as need basis.

Salary, Employment Status, and Fringe Benefits: $10.00-$12.50 per hour, depending on qualifications/experience. This is a temporary position and therefore it cannot exceed 999 hours in a calendar year. Temporary positions do not include benefits.

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.

In addition, as part of their work, this section has developed WinSeis and SurfSeis software for processing data generated by seismic reflection and for monitoring wells in Kansas.


Intermittent temporary field and shop work to assist drill and seismic crews on exploration drilling and seismic projects, travel is required.

Percent of
total time
50 Assist drill and seismic crew on exploration-drilling and seismic projects being conducted throughout Kansas and possibly outside Kansas. Assist with maintenance of equipment and operation of vehicles. Load and unload cement, drill mud, drill stem, well casing, etc. Assist with set up and drilling of test wells, handle well casing and drill stem, and clean-up of drilling equipment, restoration of drill site at completion of project.
40 Collect core samples as directed by geologist in charge of research project. Assist in preparing and processing lithologic samples for use and storage, and may include assisting with pumping test and preparation of maps, tables, charts, records etc. Assist seismic field crew planting geophones and laying seismic cable.
10 Assist in maintenance and upkeep of storage facilities and other duties as directed by the supervisor.

Required Qualifications

  1. Previous experience with or around drilling or farm equipment, construction, or farm experience.

Position Requirements

  1. Kansas Class "C" driver's license at onset of employment.
  2. Physical ability to repetitively lift heavy items such as cement sacks, etc., and to work outdoors in typical Kansas summer weather.
  3. Capability to be away from Lawrence for one or more weeks.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience in fieldwork such as drilling, surveying, or farmhand.
  2. Experience with heavy vehicle maintenance and operation.
  3. Experience driving heavy trucks (>25,000 lbs) and vehicles pulling trailers

Application Procedure

Apply online at

Application inquiries:

Annette Delaney, Kansas Geological Survey
Phone: (785) 864-2152
Fax: (785) 864-5317

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Updated Aug. 29, 2014
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