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Field Engineer INTERN

Internship for Undergraduate and Graduate students and recent grads
800 per week for 11 weeks
Closing date
Mar 1, 2023

Job Details

Position Overview

  • To be eligible for this program you must have been a student in Fall 2022, currently enrolled as a student, or returning as a student in Fall 2023. If you are unsure of your eligibility please reach out to
  • Internship is 11-weeks starting May 22, 2023.
  • Interns must participate for the full 11-week period.
  • A weekly stipend of $800 is provided for 11 weeks

Position Description The Co-Op Field Engineer position will assist both the Operations team as well as the Data Services team at EarthScope in support of the operation and maintenance of the NSF-fund Network of the Americas (NOTA), a 1200-station network of geophysical instrumentation, mainly in the Western US. This position will provide the student an opportunity to become familiar with geophysical instrumentation, learn about earth processes, work outdoors, and assist with fieldwork to support NOTA operations across the Western US in places like Yellowstone National Park, Mojave Desert, Mt St. Helens, Mt. Shasta, and Mt. Lassen. As the student gains experience, there may be opportunities for fieldwork in Alaska and the Caribbean. This position will initially be based in Boulder, CO. Housing accommodations or a stipend will be provided.

Essential Job Functions

• Assist engineers with NOTA station maintenance: planning, preparation, and fieldwork

• Test hardware components (GNSS, meteorological, tiltmeter, stainmeter, etc.) for instrumentation found within the NOTA network

• Interface with warehouse personnel to work through and solve various engineering issues

• Write maintenance reports

• Create and/or update process documentation

• Act as an ambassador for EarthScope with project stakeholders

• Use existing network monitoring tools to assist with monitoring and improving the performance of the NOTA

Working Relationships

Internal · Reports to EarthScope Program Manager and other Field Engineering staff

· Interacts and collaborates with peers and colleagues across the organization.

· Responds and reports to stakeholders on project status and results.


  • · Interacts with community members relative to supported project.


  • Interacts effectively with various EarthScope staff to ensure the completion of assigned responsibilities. May provide guidance on technical matters to others. Does not have supervisory responsibility.

Accountability and Responsibility

  • Relationship Building
  • Skilled Problem Solver
  • Customer Focus
  • Strategic Thinking

Physical Work Demands

  • Able to sit and/or stand to work at a computer
  • Able to move about a typical office and outdoor work/research environment on a daily basis
  • Able to lift and move up to 25 pounds occasionally

Mental Work Demands

  • Regular and on-time attendance

Note: To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of knowledge, skill, and/or ability required and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or qualifications associated with this position.

Required Education

  • University level student in Earth sciences or relevant STEM field
  • Interest in working at the intersection of science and communication

Required skills

· Basic computer skills, including use of MS Office applications

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills

· Ability to both work independently and as a member of a team

Preferred Skills

· Knowledgeable in the safe use of power tools

· Knowledgeable in some programming language (e.g. MATLAB, python, GMT)

· Some wilderness first aid experience

· A passion for working outdoors

· Willingness for extensive travel throughout the Western US


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