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Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Operator
Utqiagvik (Barrow), Alaska, USA
UIC Science, LLC
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UIC Science, LLC invites applications for an Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Operator to assist with the day-to-day North Slope of Alaska (NSA) ARM Climate Research operations. This full-time position will be located in Utqiagvik/Barrow, Alaska.

Duties include technical functions, such as scientific equipment setup, technical support, and maintenance; and providing Inupiat expert advice on local customs.

Required experience includes:

  • A minimum of four years of relevant work experience.
  • Proficiency in the use of hand tools,
  • Must be able to obtain a CDL with Hazmat endorsement; and
  • Basic experience with computers and software such as Excel and Word.

Preferred qualifications include experience in the use of electronic test equipment, such as oscilloscopes and multi-meters, to troubleshoot and repair electronic circuits and electrical equipment; and experience with wire and cable termination, cable routing, and rack mount equipment installation.

Essential functions of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitor/track installed instruments/equipment for field operation on a daily or weekly basis as required and conduct on-site repairs as necessary;
  • Assist with the setup of scientific instruments/equipment prior to on-site/field operational use;
  • Assist with operational readiness by checking instruments/equipment/computers for safety, calibration and/or troubleshooting before launching operations; may include custom building or fabricating special parts/mounts or other as needed;
  • Build Ethernet cables and similar;
  • Assist with network and connectivity issues for instruments and the overall site;
  • Provide knowledge about Inupiat cultural customs, weather conditions, and land/sea/air animals;
  • Exercise local knowledge to provide assistance to non-UICS project staff and site visitors on safe working in the Arctic, particularly with regard to winter travel and outdoor work, operations on sea or lake ice, and polar bear threat;
  • Operate heavy equipment for operations and instrument/equipment setup prior to or post deployment; including snow removal or debris from premises as needed;
  • Assist/guide and/or provide technical support to non-UICS project staff and visiting scientists with instrument deployment, field work, and operations set up; includes safety gear and gun safety training;
  • Create/maintain activity logs or data entry into the database management;
  • Prepare/submit/track/document maintenance/repair order requests for processing; includes proper coding of invoices; and
  • Complete annual firearms and first aid training, as well as other types of safety training.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities include:

  • Knowledge of the land;
  • Clear and concise verbal and written communication;
  • Organizational skills and flexibility in coordinating a broad spectrum of activities;
  • Ability to work from drawings, schematics, and verbal instructions; and
  • Must be self-motivated, able to work with minimum supervision, and possess good communication skills.

This position will require travel to obtain specialized training for specific types of heavy equipment. Travel will be required up to 25% of the time for this position.


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