Staff Technician (Observatory Resident Technician)
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Tucson, AZ 85719
Position Information Title
Staff Technician (Observatory Resident Technician)(Pima County, AZ)
Steward Observatory (0404)
Outside of Tucson
The Mountain Operations group at Steward Observatory is currently seeking candidates for the position of a Staff Technician (Observatory Resident Technician). Mountain Operations currently provides both maintenance and operational support for Observatories on Kitt Peak, Mt. Graham, and in the Santa Catalina Mountains. The successful candidate will assist Site Supervisors in support of telescopes, domes, dormitories, buildings, grounds and utility systems, primarily at the Santa Catalina Mountain sites. It is a requirement that the successful candidate live in University provided housing located at the Mt Lemmon Observatory site as their primary residence.
This position involves working for extended periods of time at remote sites at elevations up to 10,500 feet. The position also requires working at heights in excess of 90 feet off the ground, the ability to climb stairs and ladders, lift up to 50 lbs, and operating heavy equipment primarily used for snow removal.The normal work schedule for the Staff Technician/Resident is Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8am-4:30pm. On their duty days, the successful candidate must be on call to respond to telescope and maintenance problems outside of regular business hours on duty days.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Duties & Responsibilities
- Assist Site Supervisors in support of telescopes, domes, dormitories, buildings, grounds and utility systems
- Perform the more complex plumbing, electrical and carpentry installations, maintenance and repairs such as replacing solenoid valves, switches, relays, and thermostats, rewiring appliances, construction of walls and partitions, installing plumbing pipe and related plumbing fixtures, drywall and painting.
- Use power tools, hand tools, volt meters and machine tools to perform repair and maintenance work.
- Drive trucks to transport instruments, cryogenic liquids, compressed gasses, supplies and equipment as required.
- Maintain flexible schedule, working as needed to keep facilities operational which includes occasional after hours call-outs, nights and weekends.
- Operate and maintain heavy equipment including road graders, front end loaders, fork lifts, and dump trucks.
- Operate and maintain observatory equipment.
- Lead or assist with the preparations of telescopes and instruments and ensures the proper operation of telescopes and related equipment.
- The candidate must be willing to be contacted for telescope/maintenance problems outside of business hours on duty days.
- The position requires working at heights in excess of 90 feet off the ground, the ability to climb stairs and ladders, lift up to 50 lbs, and operating heavy equipment primarily used for snow removal
- Additional duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
- Good written and verbal communication skills.
- Valid driver’s license upon employment with the ability to drive according to the University .
- Ability to obtain a Class B CDL within six months of start date.
- Ability to work long, irregular shifts.
- Ability to lift up to 50 lbs, routinely climb stairs and ladders at altitude.
- Ability to work for extended periods of time at remote sites at elevations up to 10,500 feet.
- Ability to work in extreme mountain weather conditions.
Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications
Completion of a two year technical vocational or college program in the field of expertise with emphasis on math, science, engineering or technology AND six years of broadly diversified experience in a variety of positions involved with complex applied technology such as science projects, aerospace, nuclear power or sophisticated instruments; OR, eight years of broadly diversified experience in a variety of positions involved with complex applied technology such as science projects, aerospace, nuclear power or sophisticated instruments; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.
- Mechanically inclined.
- Welding experience
- Machining experience.
- Troubleshooting experience.
- Experience with electrical and electronic wiring.
- Knowledge of connectors.
- Basic computer experience with MS Office, MS Outlook, MS Windows and MS Word.
- Experience with telescopes and astronomical instrumentation.
Full Time/Part Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week
Trades and Maintenance
Yes – Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay
$14.91 – $18.41 Per Hour (DOE)
Type of criminal background check required:
Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Posting Detail Information Posting Number
Number of Vacancies
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees
Contact Information for Candidates
Review Start Date
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicant
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