Temporary Field Technician Specialist

Position Overview

Intermittent (as needed) temporary field and shop work to assist drill and seismic crews on tool fabrication, research drilling and seismic projects; travel is required. No benefits with temporary positions.

Job Description

20% Seismic: Assist seismic crew on research seismic projects being conducted throughout Kansas and occasionally outside Kansas. Seismic field work involves placing sensors, laying cable, moving equipment with UTVs, working on a wide range of equipment (trucks, trailers, seismic sources, etc.), assist experiments evaluating seismic tools/methods, help testing with drone data acquisition research, etc.

20% Drilling: Assist drilling projects being conducted throughout Kansas and possibly outside Kansas. Participate in maintenance of equipment and operation of vehicles. Load and unload various supplies needed for drilling projects such as 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. Drive truck hauling water.

20% General Field Work: Assist with a range of field needs. These may include but are not limited to earthquake station installation/maintenance/removal, collecting samples, transporting samples, locating sites for utility clearances, assist surveying sites, or other field duties as needed.

20% Maintenance/Shop Assistance: Assist in maintenance and upkeep of storage facilities, shop/work area, basic duties related to equipment fabrication, and other duties as directed by the supervisor.

20% Data Collecting/Sampling: 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.

Position Requirements

  1. Class "C" driver's license at onset of employment.
  2. Physical ability to repetitively lift heavy items such as cement sacks, etc., occasionally up to 100 pounds, and to work outdoors in typical Kansas summer and winter weather.
  3. Willingness and ability to be away from Lawrence for 7 to 10 days (never more than two weeks).

Required Qualifications

  1. High school diploma or equivalency.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Good written and verbal communication skills.
  2. Experience in fieldwork such as drilling, surveying, farmhand or construction.
  3. Experience with heavy vehicle maintenance and operation.
  4. Experience driving heavy trucks (>25,000 lbs) and vehicles pulling trailers.
  5. Previous experience working outdoors.
  6. Experience reflecting a value of safe work habits.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Complete the University of Kansas online application and upload:
1. Cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications and position requirements.
2. Resume.
3. Contact information for two or more professional references

Review of applications begins on April 24th and continues until position is filled.

Contact Information to Applicants

Annette Delaney, Kansas Geological Survey, University of Kansas. adelaney@ku.edu or 785-864-2152.

Advertised Salary Range

$19.10 per hour

Work Schedule

Intermittent, as needed for projects.

Application Review Begins

Monday April 24, 2023

Anticipated Start Date

Monday May 1, 2023

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  24868BR
  • Department:  Kansas Geological Survey
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Assignment:  On-Site
  • Reg/Temp:  Temporary
  • Employee Class:  U-Unclassified Professional Staff
  • Review Begins:  24-Apr-2023

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