Location: Bowling Green, KY Category: Staff Posted On: Wed Oct 9 2019 Job Description:
The Kentucky Climate Center at Western Kentucky University is seeking applicants for the position of Mesonet Systems Meteorologist I for the Kentucky Mesonet, a research-grade weather and climate monitoring infrastructure that supports public safety and economic development across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. This position provides an opportunity to contribute to both operational and research & development programs of the Kentucky Mesonet. The workload will balance the seasonal demands for testing, calibrating, and maintaining meteorological instrumentation and equipment both at monitoring sites and in a laboratory, with engagement in administrative, research, and outreach activities that derive from the Kentucky Mesonet.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Traveling to remote sites, sometimes requiring overnight stays
Troubleshooting and repairing/replacing failed sensors and electronic equipment at Mesonet sites on a deadline basis
Operating power equipment to maintain site vegetation
Performing calibrations of sensors at Mesonet observing sites and in Mesonet laboratories
Submitting paperwork and digital metadata on a deadline basis to document sensor problems and site conditions/inspections
Installing and testing sensors and electronic equipment at new Mesonet sites
Serving as a point of contact and interacting with site hosts
Representing the Kentucky Mesonet at professional meetings and trade shows
Taking on additional duties as needed
Knowledge and Skills Considered Essential for Success:
Knowledge of meteorological instrumentation and equipment for automated environmental monitoring, including testing and calibration procedures
Knowledge and skills involving data analysis and visualization using statistical and/or geographic information systems software
Troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
Scientific and technical writing skills
Interpersonal communication and public speaking skills
Bachelor's degree in meteorology or related discipline
Valid Class D driver's license
Availability to work a flexible schedule that occasionally includes overnight travel
Ability to lift and carry heavy objects (45 pounds and over)
Ability to climb, including ladders and communications towers (up to 30 feet) where agility or balance is an issue
Ability to work outdoors with regular exposure to Kentucky weather
Salary Grade: 108 Salary Range: $17.95 - $20/hr
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