Web Developer - Toolik Field Station

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Classification:Information Systems Professional 3A
Grade:Grade 80
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Institute of Arctic Biology
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Information Systems/Technology

Position Summary:

Toolik Field Station (TFS) is a research station operated and managed by the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). TFS provides logistical, operational, and scientific support to visiting scientists conducting Arctic research. The field station population ebbs and flows throughout the year with a minimum population of 4 in the winter and up to 150 in the summer. While remote, TFS is like a small village during the summer months. TFS is seeking a full time web programer to join our team. This position will be based out of Fairbanks at UAF and will be supervised by the Spatial and Environmental Data Center Manager. This role will continue the development of the TFS website and our web based applications through a dashboard that we call myToolik. This dashboard has become fundamental to the day to day operations of the station to both staff and researchers visiting the station. The apps are database driven so information can be shared between apps as needed. For example, a reservation is tied to a particular project and principal investigator, which in turn is tied to the billing report to generate an invoice. Station users access the system through personal accounts. In addition to the technical duties, engaging and interacting with the TFS community is a large part of the job of everyone who works at TFS. Toolik Field Station is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment to everyone at the station. Each member of our staff is committed to working to build and sustain an equitable and inclusive work environment where cultural diversity is celebrated and valued. We believe diversity benefits and enriches the TFS community.


10%Troubleshooting (10%) Provide technical guidance, support, and training in the use of hardware, software, data storage, and security; and coordinate with staff at the UAF Office of Information Technology as needed. Analyze the potential causes of software and service problems, and implement solutions.Essential
20%Website development (20%) Toolik Field Station website provides access to information and an avenue to the web applications. Maintain and expand scale of Toolik Field Station website for external and internal communications (http://uaf.edu/toolik). Plan and develop website architectures, navigation schemes and page layouts using standard HTML/CSS best practices. Review major website changes with the Communications and Outreach Specialist and the Toolik Field Station staff for comments and feedback. Consult with Toolik Field Station staff to review pages and ensure content is up to date, accurate and organized appropriately. Collaborate with staff to create additional dynamic components to the web site, such as the meteorological data query, plant herbarium, and the interactive guides (birds, mammals, fish, plants). Troubleshoot and resolve website problems or issues as they arise. Consult with University Relations staff to ensure compatibility of the TFS website with UAF web and graphic guidelines; accessibility guidelines; copyright compatibility; overall usability including clear organization and architecture, and easy navigation; overall design quality and visual appeal; cross-compatibility with a variety of web browsers; appropriate, unique, correctly spelled, accurate, and timely content. Resolve issues as they occur. Working with office management, determine and maintain a level of professional development that fits with personal career interests and motivations.Essential
5%Communication (5%) Under intermittent supervision of the SEDC Manager, communicate with the Toolik Field Station staff about their needs for the web application system and website development. Communicate ideas both in both technician and user-friendly language. Under intermittent supervision, prioritize competing web and web development needs.Essential
5%Server Administration (5%) Maintain multiple servers running Windows Server operating systems. Configure IIS web server. Renew and install security certificates. Perform software updates. Create and configure scheduled tasks. Make requests to and work with the Office of Information Technology (OIT) for user access as needed.Essential
60%Web application development (60%) Be the primary developer on a small cross-functional team in order to generate and automate business reports, quantitative analysis, dashboards/visualizations, data quality feedback loops/reports, and ad hoc reporting to support the decision making needs of Toolik Field Station staff and researchers. Identify opportunities for improvement and assess new technology and concepts that can add value to the use of information resources. Responsibilities include maintaining the performance, integrity and security of databases, websites, and web applications critical to Toolik Field Station operations. Maintenance and upkeep of the existing apps. Development of new components to the web applications, to streamline data acquisition and communication. Develop, revise, and maintain web applications fundamental to operation of Toolik Field Station and used by TFS staff and visiting researchers. Collaborate closely with Toolik Field Station Staff to develop specifications, goals, deliverables and timelines for web applications. Provide recommendations and implement solutions to improve, simplify and automate reporting processes, data usage, data quality/integrity and data analysis. Maintain and further develop the database management system using PHP and SQL best practices. Define, design and maintain a well integrated enterprise data management system, including data models, databases, analytics tools and drives all associated access, metadata, data quality, data governance and other components that meet present and future needs of the myToolik System. Develop solutions for improving the usability and accessibility of the web applications. Implement web security protocols and updates to guard against online attacks.Essential


Proficiency in SQL, PHP, and Microsoft Office Suite, ; on the job experience with collaborative table design to support reporting, statistical analysis and ad hoc requests; Strong knowledge of data structures and ability to efficiently query/transform data; Ability to conduct research into data quality issues and outliers.
• Proficiency with Macintosh and Windows operating systems, Internet, web browsers, Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and JavaScript, file transfer protocols, file security encryption, file compression and conversions, and content management systems.
• Ability to quickly learn and incorporate new technologies.
• Ability to think big picture and dive deep into details; Excellent analytical, mathematical, and creative problem-solving skills, with keen attention to detail.
• Ability to maintain Network servers and certificates
• Knowledge of web-based user experience best practices, for both browser and mobile environments.
• Excellent listening and interpersonal skills; Ability to communicate ideas in both technical and user-friendly language; Strong negotiation, facilitation and consensus building skills; Good oral and written communication skills as well as group presentation skills; Ability to be considerate of and to be sensitive to human factors present in discussing data and performance measures with end-users.
• Highly self-motivated and self-directed, with an ability to bring enthusiasm and energy to foster a collaborative team environment; Demonstrated experience working under pressure with frequent changes to reporting output in response to changes in reporting needs.


Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in a relevant field (i.e. Information Systems, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology or other data related fields) or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Three years of experience programming and in database management experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, customer service standards and ability to work and lead in a team environment. Technical knowledge of HTML and web publishing in a professional context.


Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field (Information Systems, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology or other information technology related fields), or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Two years of experience programming and in database management experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Preferred Experience:
Experience in web page layout working in HTML, not just using a content management system.
Must have proficiencies in programming in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Additional experience with at least one programming language, preferably PHP.
Must understand program flow including looping and conditionals, regardless of programing language.
Expert in SQL and good with data modeling for relational, analytical, and big data workloads.
Be comfortable with different database administration tools, including but not limited to phpMyAdmin.
Ability to talk to other staff about what is needed, offer creative options, and build intuitive solutions.
Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Including a proactive disposition toward identifying problems and providing solutions.
Ability to think through and test code for proper functionality.
Ability to debug and rewrite code to fix errors and add new functionality to existing code.

This position is a full-time, Grade 80, ($58,698/yr) DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. UA employees receive excellent benefits including participation in State of Alaska PERS retirement, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage.

This position is open until filled with the initial application review taking place on November 11, 2021. To ensure your application is considered, apply by 11:55 pm, 11/10/2021.  Applications received after this date may not be considered. A complete application will include a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references.

Term Position:

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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