HAARP Temporary Local 6070

HAARP Temporary Local 6070

  • 527434
  • Copper Center, Alaska, United States
  • Crafts and Trades
  • On Campus
  • Crafts & Trades T1
  • UAF Geophysical Institute

HAARP is seeking experienced maintenance technicians who routinely perform skilled maintenance, repair, and construction tasks, including heavy equipment operations, road maintenance, and snow removal. HAARP maintenance technicians also play a critical role in operating and monitoring a 12-megawatt diesel power plant, ensuring power is available for research campaigns.

These are temporary Local 6070 union positions in Gakona that may result in permanent positions. Position classification is dependent upon candidate experience. A good driving record is required.


The High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) is the world’s most capable high-power, high-frequency (HF) transmitter for the study of the ionosphere. The principal instrument is the Ionospheric Research Instrument, a phased array of 180 HF crossed-dipole antennas spread across 33 acres and capable of radiating 3.6 megawatts into the upper atmosphere and ionosphere. The goal of the research at HAARP is to conduct a fundamental study of the physical processes at work in the very highest portions of our atmosphere, called the thermosphere and ionosphere.

The Geophysical Institute’s HAARP site supports the National Science Foundation’s Subauroral Geophysical Observatory (SAGO), a research laboratory dedicated to exploring Earth’s upper atmosphere and geospace environment. The Geophysical Institute is committed to equity, inclusion, and accountability and values the open sharing of different perspectives. We support a respectful and welcoming environment and a commitment to serving Alaska and Alaskans with strong applied science. Career growth and professional development are expected and encouraged.

The ideal candidate must be able to work independently and in a group setting, including following, interpreting, and communicating instructions given by management. The candidate will be able to assist with power plant maintenance and operations, including preflight startup checklist, start procedures and operations, power to array, and shutdown. The candidate will have experience using heavy equipment, including forklifts, graders, and brush mowers. The candidate will be able to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. The candidate will be able to interpret various technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. The candidate will be able to research, analyze, and resolve parts discrepancies, including purchases, shipments, and delivery.

The minimum requirements for these positions are apprentice level or other equivalent certification appropriate to the specific trade, with a minimum of three years related experience and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Job Description: CT1       CT2

                                                                                                                   **All APPLICANTS **

Current University of Alaska Local 6070 employees will be provided priority employment considerations for the first five days when they meet the minimum qualifications for the posted position.  Current University of Alaska Local 6070 employees who meet the minimum qualifications for the posting should apply before the review date.  However, there is no requirement to be a Bargaining Unit Member to apply.  

This position is full-time, CT 1 or CT2, temporary, non-exempt, complete with a competitive salary. New hires will be placed on the UA Crafts and Trades salary schedule based on education and experience.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified.

Review of application materials will begin immediately. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient and viable number of qualified candidates have been identified.

This position is represented by the Alaska Higher Education Crafts & Trades Employees (L6070).

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.

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

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

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

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-7357 or at uaf-gi-hr@alaska.edu. 


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