Thread: IRIS Employment Opportunity - TA Station Specialists (Anchorage, Alaska / Lower-48 U.S.)

Started: 2015-02-25 23:09:32
Last activity: 2015-02-25 23:09:32
Topics: Early Careers
*Employment Opportunity -- Station Specialists
USArray Transportable Array
(Anchorage, Alaska / Lower-48 U.S.)

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS, seeks two Station Specialists to engage in the effort to
install and maintain EarthScope USArray Transportable Array (TA)
stations in Alaska & Canada ( and the lower-48 in
support of CEUSN ( over the next several years.

One Station Specialist will be located in Anchorage and divide time
between remote field locations and the Array Operation Center (AOC) in
Anchorage, reporting to the Station Deployment Coordinator and TA
Management. This position will execute the logistics and operations for
constructing, installing, and maintaining the TA stations, working with
contractors and the Station Deployment Coordinator to form an efficient
and safety conscious team. Key duties will be proactive management of
schedules and proper allocation and utilization of resources (people,
construction equipment and materials, scientific hardware) for station
deployments. A second Station Specialist will be hired to work primarily
in the lower-48 and focused on operation and maintenance of remaining
TA/CEUSN stations in this region, with an expectation to work seasonally
(~3 months in the summer) in Alaska.

Specific tasking for the Station Specialists will depend on demonstrated
skills and interest, but will fall into one of three general branches:

* Logistics coordination -- create detailed plans for resource
allocation and provide progress reports
* Field operations management -- allocate resources between the
field hubs and remote installation sites and report on activities
* Field crew lead -- oversee and report on site construction at
remote locales

These positions provide a unique opportunity to apply scientific
knowledge and engineering skills to the creation of an unprecedented
seismological observatory.

The ideal candidate will have at least a bachelor's degree in
geophysics, engineering, or a related subject and several years of
experience deploying and operating seismometers or doing similar
technical and team-oriented fieldwork, particularly in isolated
environments. Strong communication, negotiation, and problem solving
skills are vital to the position. Familiarity with winter survival
practices, emergency first-aid, bear awareness training, and use of
firearms are a plus. IRIS is a geographically distributed organization,
and the Station Specialists will work either with the Alaska Station
Deployment Coordinator or with TA management located primarily outside
of Alaska. Work in Alaska associated with this position includes
frequent travel via small aircraft, driving, and strenuous field
activities in rugged settings.

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Candidates should
submit a letter of interest, a resume highlighting pertinent work
experience, and the contact information (name, phone number, and email)
for at least three references. To apply, these should be sent
electronically to hr<at> with the subject lines "Alaska TA Station
Specialist" or "Lower-48 TA Station Specialist". The positions are
available immediately and will remain open until filled.

More information on these positions are available here:

Applications will be reviewed in the order that they are received.

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