ECONet Field Technician

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC, USA 🇺🇸

Posting NumberPG191536SP
Internal RecruitmentNo
Working TitleECONet Field Technician
Anticipated Hiring Range$35,800-$43,000
Work ScheduleMonday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, nights and weekends as needed. (May also be required to work during off-hours)
Job LocationRaleigh, NC, with frequent travel to North & South Carolina weather stations
DepartmentNorth Carolina State Climate Office
About the DepartmentNorth Carolina has a complex climate due to its three distinct regions: the mountains, the piedmont, and the coastal plain. Climate affects many aspects of our daily lives – agriculture, environment, transportation, tourism, and natural disasters.
North Carolina is especially prone to the impacts of a warming climate, including sea level rise, extreme precipitation, and hotter temperatures. The State Climate Office of North Carolina was established in 1976, originally at UNC-Chapel Hill, and moved to NC State University in 1980. The mission of the State Climate Office (SCO) is to provide climate related services to the state, local and federal agencies, businesses and the citizens of North Carolina. In 1998, the UNC Board of Governors formally approved it as a Public Service Center.
The State Climate Office is located on NC State University’s Centennial Campus, where private industries, government agencies, and University researchers come together and create a unique environment for interaction and advancement. The State Climate Office is a part of the College of Sciences, and collaborates closely with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
The State Climate Office is actively involved in research that enhances its capabilities to provide public service. The office specializes in research, monitoring, and education for climate-sensitive sectors across the state. North Carolina is at the frontline of climate change resilience, and the office is engaged in research projects that help North Carolinians understand their climate risk and adaptive capacity. The office has seen steady growth over the past decade, and receives funding from state and federal agencies. Additionally, the office runs the North Carolina ECONet, a network of 43 research-grade stations located statewide. The office hopes to place one station in each North Carolina county by 2030.
Essential Job DutiesThe State Climate Office of North Carolina is seeking a qualified candidate to assist in maintenance of environmental weather stations across North and South Carolina.
This position will provide support services in the field including: repairing, replacing, calibrating, and deploying sensors as well as helping to facilitate collection of station metadata as well providing support for an entire center and be one of two primary people supporting a weather network that has 43 stations located throughout NC.
This position is located on Centennial Campus and will require substantial in-state travel, including some overnight travel. A Drivers license is required for this position in order to perform the essential duties of this position.
More information about the stations and equipment can be found at
Inclusiveness and diversity are critical to the success of the College of Sciences and the University. The selected candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is supportive and welcoming of all groups.
Other ResponsibilitiesCandidate will also perform quality control of station data, perform data analysis, and generate reports.  The candidate will also contribute to the extension, research, and education mission of the State Climate Office.  Substantial in-state travel will be required, including some overnight travel. Perform other related duties as assigned.
Minimum Experience/EducationDemonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.
Other Required QualificationsKnowledge of and hands-on experience with weather instrumentation, dataloggers, and associated computer hardware and software.  Knowledge of Microsoft Office or similar software and basic data analysis.  Must have ability to independently carry equipment weighing up to 50 pounds over short distances, with or without reasonable accommodations for weather tower maintenance and installation on occasion.  Abilities in one or more computer programming languages such as: PHP, Perl, R, or Python for use in data analysis.
Preferred QualificationsB.S. in geography, climatology, atmospheric sciences, or related discipline, or equivalent experience.  Knowledge of MySQL or web programming. Prior work with environmental data analysis and data analysis software (such as MatLab, Python, or R), including creating charts, graphs, and maps.
Required License or CertificationA valid North Carolina Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment.
Valid NC Driver’s License requiredYes
Commercial Driver’s License Required?No
Job Open Date10/04/2021
Earliest Close Date—- (Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.)10/11/2021
Notice to ApplicantsPlease make sure that the work history listed on your application is identical to the work history listed on your resume.
Special InstructionsIn addition to your application please submit a resume, cover letter, and the contact information for at least three professional references.

The anticipated hire date is November 1, 2021. However, a later date is negotiable.
Position Number00107830
Position TypeSHRA
Position Classification Band TitleResearch Technician
Position Classification Band LevelJourney
Position Classification Salary Range$31,200 – $66,122
Salary Grade EquivalencyGN06
Alternate OptionIf no applicants apply who meet the required competency level and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week)1.0
Appointment12 Month Recurring
Mandatory Designation – Adverse WeatherNon Mandatory – Adverse Weather
Mandatory Designation – Emergency EventsNon Mandatory – Emergency Event
Time Limited PositionNo
Time-Limited Appointment Length (if applicable)
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?No
Department Id179501 – Sciences – State Climate Office
AA/EEONC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

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