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CIRES/ NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory Meteorology Technician

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

This position is located in a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Global Monitoring Laboratory (GML) federal facility located in Boulder, Colorado.

Lead/technician for the NOAA/GML Observatory Operations Division Meteorology program. The GML meteorology technician is responsible for logistics, maintenance, and operation of the meteorology network to support GML science, inform the public, and continue the long-term meteorology database from the GML observatories. The meteorology technician will be responsible for maintaining the observatory equipment, analyzing data, training observatory personnel, and interacting with GML and cooperative scientists.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is an internationally recognized leader in innovative environmental science and research and is located at the University of Colorado Boulder. At CIRES, more than 800 environmental science professionals work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES has partnered with NOAA since 1967, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, solid Earth sciences, and more. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

The NOAA/GML conducts research that addresses three major challenges: greenhouse gas and carbon cycle feedbacks, changes in clouds, aerosols, and surface radiation, and recovery of stratospheric ozone. The NOAA/GML Observatory Operations Division operates four atmospheric baseline observatories, located in remote areas to measure well-mixed air, far from sources of pollution. Data are used by NOAA and globally to understand how the atmosphere is changing over time.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Operate and maintain the meteorology network at 6 different locations (Greenland, Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, American Samoa, Antarctica).
  • Provide hardware, software and network support related to remote meteorological systems.
  • Configure, interconnect, troubleshoot, and ensure the reliable operation of remote communication equipment.
  • Collaborate with network engineers and scientists to maintain a reliable flow of data for the end users.
  • Conduct regular site visits to complete installation, maintenance, calibration, and service to temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, and wind sensors.
  • Train new field personnel in the operation and maintenance of meteorology instrumentation.
  • Use programming skills to program Campbell Scientific data loggers and write scripts for internal data transfer and management. Works closely with GML IT staff.
  • Manage incoming meteorological data, completes quality control measures, and publishes data to NOAA/GML’s website.
  • Conduct and publish analyses of meteorological data - internal and externally.
  • Answer questions from users about data.

What You Should Know

  • If selected for this position, the finalist will have to pass a federal clearance investigation for site access.
  • Work is often performed alone and independently under general supervision. It may include other duties as assigned by the Director of Observatories.
  • This position will required travel to remote locations with extreme conditions (Arctic/Antarctic, tropics) for up to four months per year.
  • Must be able to travel to 12,000 ft asl, work in extreme cold conditions, work in extreme heat, and pass a National Science Foundation physical to deploy to remote locations, including Antarctica and Summit, Greenland.
  • Must be able to climb a 40m instrument tower and work on instrumentation.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.
  • This position will require that you sometimes work a flexible schedule in order to communicate with technicians in different time zones.

What We Can Offer

  • CIRES offers a generous compensation package.
  • The annual hiring salary range for this position is $55,000 - $95,000. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
  • Relocation funds are available for this position following CIRES and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes and procedures.
  • This position can accommodate a hybrid work environment.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Atmospheric Science, Mechanical or electrical engineering, or related physical science fields.
  • Basic computer programming experience - work with and program scientific data loggers.
  • Experience troubleshooting and repairing electronics and scientific instrumentation.
  • Understanding of meteorological processes and patterns to complete data quality control and processing.
  • Remote field operations experience preferred.
  • Must be able to travel to 12,000 ft asl, work in extreme cold conditions, work in extreme heat, and pass a National Science Foundation physical to deploy to remote locations, including Antarctica and Summit, Greenland.
  • Must be able to climb a 40m instrument tower and work on instrumentation.

What You Will Need

  • Understanding of meteorological processes and patterns to complete data quality control and processing.
  • Proficient in soldering, using hand tools, and basic electronics troubleshooting.
  • Proficient in using design tools and basic instrument fabrication.
  • Proficient in the configuration of Linux and Windows operating systems.
  • Basic understanding of computer networking including hardware and software related to remote connections to data loggers and computers.
  • Must work as a member of a diverse team: works closely with NOAA and Observatory staff, network engineers and affiliated specialists in the office and the field.
  • Must be able to work well independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills - mostly working with researchers and technicians from afar.
  • Must be willing to contribute to an inclusive, diverse, and collaborative work environment.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. Although not required at the time of application, be prepared to submit contact information for 3 professional references, 1 of whom must be a current or past supervisor or professor. If you are selected as a finalist, we will ask you to contact your references so that they can complete a SkillSurvey questionnaire on your behalf. SkillSurvey is an online automated reference check solution. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

The position will be open until filled. Applications will be screened as they are received.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Andrew Clarke

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