Thread: Engineer II Positions within Boulder, CO

Started: 2022-01-28 15:57:02
Last activity: 2022-01-28 15:57:02
Naya Pacheco
2022-01-28 15:57:02
UNAVCO, Inc. is accepting applications for two (2) Engineer II positions
within the UNAVCO HQ in Boulder for the NOTA Caribbean Basin and for the
NASA GNSS infrastructure.

Tracking Code: 234-532

*Application Process:* Applications will only be accepted via UNAVCO's
career website Application review for
the Engineer II positions will begin *February 14, 2022* and continue until
positions are filled.

Application materials and must include a *Resume and* *Cover Letter* outlining
your specific experience with and interest in these positions.

*Incomplete applications will not be considered.*

*Location:* While UNAVCO supports a robust remote work environment, the
jobs are located at UNAVCO HQ in Boulder. Limited opportunities for remote
work may be considered once employees are fully trained in their new

*Salary range $72,200 - $108,300* is within the established UNAVCO salary
structure and will be based on candidate’s education and qualifications.

*Benefits: * UNAVCO offers very competitive benefits including Medical,
Dental, Vision, Life, Disability, Supplemental Benefits, 4 weeks Paid Time
Off (PTO), and a retirement plan with a 10% employer contribution.

*Where You Will Work*

UNAVCO maintains and operates the Geodetic Facility for the Advancement of
Geoscience (GAGE) which provides support to the NSF investigator community
for geodesy, Earth Sciences research, education and workforce development
with broad societal benefits. As part of GAGE, UNAVCO operates a large
network of geodetic instruments (primarily GNSS) and a world class data
facility and archive which provides cyber infrastructure to support the
full data life cycle and interoperability with national and international
Earth science Data Centers.

For over three decades, UNAVCO has spearheaded the utilization of
cutting-edge technologies in support of geodesy while providing robust
operational support for researchers exploring the solid Earth (earthquakes,
volcanoes, plate tectonics), the hydrosphere (deformation of ice, the
Earth's response to groundwater, sea level change), and the atmosphere. Our
instrumentation toolbox includes high-precision GPS, LiDAR, TLS, optical
imagery, InSAR, and more.

*Summary of Open Positions*

1. The Network of the Americas (NOTA) Engineer II position is an
excellent opportunity for someone interested in working with GNSS and
borehole strainmeter instrumentation to participate in network operations
and conduct fieldwork primarily within the Caribbean Basin but also
throughout the continental United States.

- Serve as primary engineer responsible for network monitoring and
troubleshooting of GNSS stations in the countries of the Caribbean Basin.
- Interact frequently with local collaborators at Caribbean stations to
make repairs and swap equipment. Travel to stations when necessary.
- Troubleshoot borehole strainmeter instrumentation and associated
communications devices, in particular cellular modems and VSAT hardware.
- Assist with the RMA process of borehole instrumentation.

2. The GGN Engineer II provides support for the NASA GNSS
infrastructure through a network of permanent GNSS stations called the
Global GNSS Network (GGN). This position will be responsible for preparing
GNSS related communications equipment, installing, maintaining, and
documenting permanent GNSS station installations domestically and abroad.
This position is also responsible for NASA-GGN station monitoring and
computer/equipment configurations associated with the Global GNSS Network
(GGN) stations, which will require the successful candidate to have or be
able to acquire proficiency with LINUX operating system and network
protocols and administration. Basic LINUX skills (or higher) at the time
of application are strongly preferred.

*What You Will Do*

The Engineer II manages and implements multiple field projects of varying
complexity to provide technical support for geodetic instruments. The
incumbent will arrange logistics and participate in field operations at
sites throughout the United States and other international locations. This
position builds on instrumentation knowledge gained in previous engineering
levels and works with members from their own team and intermittently with
engineers from other projects and departments within UNAVCO. Under
supervision of the Engineering Manager, the incumbent will identify and
propose new geodetic technologies and assist with training for Principal
Investigators and their teams at UNAVCO headquarters, or at field
locations. The EII will contribute to reporting and project documentation
and ensure all work conforms to high technical and organization standards.
Engineers are ambassadors who represent these principles to scientists,
landowners, sponsors, and other community members. The EII position will
report to the Engineering Manager or a higher-level engineer within
designated project areas.

*Essential Job Functions*

Implements individual geophysical projects and assists with the
coordination of multiple projects of limited complexity, which may include
logistics, site reconnaissance, site selection, permitting, installation
activities, maintenance, network configuration, instrument operation,
station communications and/or data flow activities through the application
of high precision geodetic technologies.

- Identifies and solves standard technical issues related to hardware,
firmware, software, and data communications and receives guidance on
complex problems. Seeks direction when necessary.
- Assists with the design and testing of new systems. Under supervision
of the Engineering Manager, evaluates instrument design and data to
determine the adequacy of deployed systems.
- Assists with station configurations and data collection strategies.
- Ensures appropriate documentation of activities and metadata using
established tools, protocols, and databases as maintained by UNAVCO.
- Drafts detailed technical reports for review by the Engineering
- Assists with the development of technical documentation formats and
feedback for projects.
- As directed by an Engineering Manager, may have variable budgeting
responsibilities including developing cost estimates that impact individual
projects, providing summaries of progress on statements of work, and
tracking and submitting project expenditures.
- Develops and maintains good relationships with community members,
suppliers, landowners, and business partners within areas of expertise and
project assignments.

*Additional Responsibilities*

- Prepares content for UNAVCO web site that requires minimal editorial
- Assists with documentation and technical feedback for proposal
- Contributes to scientific and engineering presentations on geophysical
project results.
- Other duties may be assigned as necessary for the successful operation
of the business.

*Leadership & Supervision*

- Works under regular instruction and direction by an Engineering
- Work is reviewed for accuracy and overall quality.
- Interacts effectively with, and may receive direction from, various
UNAVCO staff to ensure the completion of assigned responsibilities.
- Does not have supervisory responsibility.

*Applicable Skills / Core Competencies*

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform
each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are
representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability for the position.

- Technical knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices, and
procedures for geophysical sensors such as high precision GNSS technology,
Terrestrial Laser Scanners (TLS), small Uncrewed Aerial Systems (sUAS),
borehole strainmeters, or related instruments, used within designated
project areas.
- Proficiency in the operation of hand and power tools (i.e., cordless
drill, chop saw, grinder, etc.).
- Ability to take initiative to learn assigned technical/engineering
skills within established time frames to ensure the needs of the project,
science community, sponsors and co-workers are met.
- Ability to work effectively in a team environment and independently to
accomplish project goals.
- Ability to assess one's interactions and actions to determine
responsibility of activities and incidents and ensure personal
accountability for the successful completion of projects.
- Able to convey appropriate information effectively.
- Ability to apply logic and reasoning to solve moderately complex
problems and make applicable decisions, including:

o Project assessment, planning, and coordination with members of project
teams, including external stakeholders.

o Under moderate supervision, assessment, and management of operations of
geophysical equipment and systems.

o Evaluate the working functions of equipment and systems and provide
technical feedback to Engineering Managers and other technical staff on how
changes in operations and the environment will affect outcomes.

o Ensure appropriate tools and equipment are available and prepared.

o Ensure proper repairs on all assigned systems.

o Evaluate routine equipment maintenance requirements, identify what
maintenance is required and determine how to make repairs.

o Conduct routine inspection and testing of instruments, products,
services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

o Evaluate problems and provide solutions to project teams to ensure
projects are carried out in excellent operating order.

- Foster a professional culture through the use of strong interpersonal
skills, verbal and written communications.

*Other Requirements*

- Requires periodic safety training; wilderness, avalanche, helicopter,
first-aid, etc.
- A valid driver’s license is required.
- Must be able to comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
(49 CFR 391.41-391-.49).
- Appropriate availability consistent with UNAVCO established practices
and norms; hours may exceed 40 hours per week, particularly when in the
- Frequent travel (up to 50% of a calendar year) by conventional means
including aircraft, motor vehicle, boat, etc.
- A valid passport is required for polar and international projects.

*What You Need *


- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in engineering, geosciences, or
related field with three (3) years of experience with geophysical sensors
or networks.
- Master’s degree or equivalent in engineering, geosciences, or related
field and one (1) year of field experience with geophysical sensors or


- Familiarity with data quality analysis software
- Basic LINUX skills (or higher)
- Bilingual

*Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions.*

*Physical Requirements*

- Ability to sit and/or stand to work at a computer for extended periods
of time.
- Ability to move about a typical office and warehouse environment on a
daily basis.
- Ability to climb, kneel, balance, and crouch in field settings.
- Ability to lift, carry, or move up to 75 pounds over uneven terrain
and long distances (up to 5 miles).
- Domestic and international travel in remote or extreme environments by
off-road vehicle, helicopter, fixed wing, or other specialty vehicles.
- Field work conditions may involve high elevation, extreme cold,
extreme heat, humidity, noise, hazards, and vibration.

*Mental Requirements*

- Ability to understand moderately complex problems and to collaborate
and explore alternative solutions.
- Ability to organize and prioritize work schedules for self and others.
- Ability to compute, analyze and interpret data.
- Ability to make decisions which have small impact on the job function
and limited impact on UNAVCO in general.
- Ability to lead and engage in safety training under challenging field

*Applicant Note*

We are unable to provide sponsorship for work authorization within the
United States.

UNAVCO is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action
employer. Our long-term success depends on the development of a
forward-looking, diversified workforce. UNAVCO values diverse perspectives
and backgrounds in all positions within the organization and is fully
committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal
and State laws, and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative
action. UNAVCO encourages applications from candidates who are members of
historically underrepresented groups. This includes candidates from
different socioeconomic backgrounds, candidates with disabilities,
candidates with unique life experiences, etc. Women, Veterans, Individuals
with Disabilities and members of the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities are
encouraged to apply. All qualified and complete applications will be
considered. Individuals with a disability needing an accommodation as part
of the employment selection process should contact hr<at> or

UNAVCO supports a safe work environment for all staff. As part of our
commitment, UNAVCO conducts background checks. Background checks will vary
and are based on position requirements. Background checks may include but
are not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle
history, financial history and/or education verification. Background checks
may also be conducted when required by law or when at the discretion of
UNAVCO is reasonable and prudent to do so. UNAVCO complies with the Fair
Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

Vaccination Requirements: All employees are required to be
fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty
location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject
to such exceptions as required by law. If offered employment, you will be
required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of
proof of vaccination before your appointment or onboarding with UNAVCO.
Information about requesting a medical or religious accommodation/exemption
should be directed to Human Resources at hr<at>


Nayadira Pacheco

Human Resources Assistant

Working Remotely M-F

C: 201.403.0232

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