Job Description

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Hiring Salary Range
$26.28 - $34.01 /hour
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RX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#117173 Field Operation Technician

Filing Deadline: Thu 7/7/2022

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In support of the Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP), act as field operation technician. Perform data validation and analysis. Verify quality of real time data and existing data, that temperature thermistors are operating within established parameters, and that instrumentation is functioning correctly. Conduct preliminary quality control screening and documentation utilizing in-house calibration facility; analyze and interpret data; and assist engineers in design and modifications of specialized support equipment.

Plan and prepare field operations. Assist field support personnel during installation, maintenance, and recovery phases and assist with sea-going operations, including operating a vessel. Assure vessels are prepared for safe operations; assist and perform search and recovery of buoys; operate crane and davit on land and at sea, as well as long distance from shore operations; and utilize bathymetry and Global Positioning System (GPS) instruments for precise positioning of instrumentation. Assist with material acquisition, equipment inventory, and maintenance of lab and associated equipment.


  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical or electrical engineering, ocean engineering, physics, earth science, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Theoretical knowledge of oceanography. Knowledge of ocean dynamics theory related to environmental sensors.

  • Experience working with environmental sensors, i.e. wave buoys, air and sea surface temperature thermistor systems, anemometers, doppler acoustic current sensors, magnetometers, accelerometers. Experience conducting quality control screening, editing, and documenting of data from environmental sensors. Demonstrated knowledge of buoy communication packages (e.g. iridium, RF, mobile data)

  • Experience and demonstrated proficiency with procedures for the calibration and servicing of ocean and atmosphere geophysical sensing instrumentation (e.g. wave buoys, accelerometers, magnetometers, pressure sensors, anemometers), data qualification and precision navigation.

  • Proven proficiency to handle, operate, and interface with electronic instrumentation, including operational troubleshooting, calibration procedures, and field repairs specific to Datawell wave buoys and associated mooring systems.

  • Demonstrated experience in analysis of various types of oceanographic data using modern software and programming languages. Experience with verification of real time and existing data. Knowledge of data downloading and transfer protocols. Proficient use of Microsoft office tools for documenting cost estimates and correspondence. Experience using Windows, UNIX OS, and Matlab.

  • Knowledge of coastal oceanography wave mechanics and climate principles. Knowledge of instrumentation that pertains to wave measurement. Knowledge of offshore bathymetry, with ability to interpret and make use of bathymetry data. Proven ability to provide training on how to interpret wave data (i.e. through model prediction and observations).

  • Strong computer skills, including knowledge of data downloading and transfer protocols. Proficient use of Microsoft office tools for documenting cost estimates and correspondence. Experience using Windows, UNIX OS, and Matlab.

  • Experience making moorings specifically for wave measurement.

  • Experience with offshore deployment of instrumentation, specifically with Datawell buoys.

  • Proven ability to execute critical decision-making skills under difficult environmental conditions. Strong analytical and problem solving skills. Ability to identify existing/potential problems and develop innovative solutions. Ability to independently exercise effective control of situations or events and make effective decisions. Experience in accomplishing field work under adverse conditions, malfunctioning equipment, and/or limited resources.

  • California Boater Card, and/or demonstrated proficiency operating small boats in the open ocean and while utilizing cranes/davits, especially under adverse conditions. Experience using small boats to search for lost sensors, including experience using radio location techniques. Proven ability to operate boats responsibly and in a safe manner.

  • SCUBA experience. Ability to obtain SIO Scientific Diver SCUBA certification.

  • Certified safe forklift operator. Experience with crane and davit use, both on land and at sea, and for long distance from shore operations. Ability to drive pickup trucks, and experience in transportation of sensitive instrumentation.

  • Familiarity with engineering design principles.

  • Proven proficiency with machine and hand tools, both common and specialized. Knowledge of how tools work, how to operate them safely, and what the proper tool to use is.

  • Proven ability to interact respectfully and productively with diverse personalities within academic, staff, student and various government and private institutions and organizations. Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills. Skill to communicate clearly, effectively, tactfully, and patiently in person, on the telephone, and in writing. Ability to present positive impression in person, on the telephone, and through written correspondence.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in compliance with Environmental Health and Safety standards and requirements.


  • Substantial periods of field effort, requiring expeditions approximately one week each, often at sea.

  • SCUBA experience required.

  • Must be forklift certified operator.

  • Must have experience operating small boats in open ocean.

  • Valid California Driver's License required. This position is subject to a DMV check for driving record and valid driver's license.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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