Operations and Maintenance Technician - Poker Flat Facilities

Operations and Maintenance Technician - Poker Flat Facilities

  • 525511
  • Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
  • Crafts and Trades
  • On Campus
  • Crafts & Trades T2
  • UAF Geophysical Institute

Would you like to work at the largest land-based rocket research range in the world? Poker Flat Research Range in Chatanika is looking for an Operations and Maintenance Technician. This job has a wide variety of duties including basic facility, vehicle, and road maintenance along with being part of the rocket launch team in the winter. If you are interested in working within a small, effective, and flexible team we encourage your application!

Additional Position Information:

This position assists researchers in a variety of capacities such as installing equipment, modifying structures, accommodating research, and general facility work requiring heavy equipment operation, welding, fabrication, construction, hazardous material handling, and ordnance handling.

Additional Department Information:

Poker Flat is a remote research site approximately 30 miles north of Fairbanks and is operated primarily under a contract with NASA. The range serves not just NASA but a diverse group of researchers covering fields from space physics to Long Term Ecological research to Oil Spill research.

Geophysical Institute:

The Geophysical Institute is a research-driven organization at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The university offers an attractive work environment and strong benefits including retirement and health insurance, generous leave policies, and tuition waivers for UAF courses. 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.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, members from marginalized communities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals and technical procedures.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from other similarly classified employees and management.
  • Ability to work independently and in a group setting including following, interpreting and communicating instructions given by management; relating to management and other employees in a positive manner; making efforts to solve crew conflicts, and assisting in providing a productive and safe work environment.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as pressures, frequency, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Ability to work in remote places or extreme weather conditions.
Required Experience & Education:

Journeyman level or equivalent certification in a specialized field including but not limited to carpentry, plumbing, or electrical; or a minimum of ten years related experience and/or training; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. This includes certification or ability to be certified in the following areas:

Pyro/Ordnance certification required by NASA (training provided annually).
Hazwhoper certification, emphasis on oil spill and hydrocarbon cleanup (training provided annually).
Commercial Driver’s License preferred or have the ability to obtain.
Lifting Device (Cranes, forklifts, manlifts, etc) certification.
Certification on Building Controls or the ability to obtain them.
First Responder training/certification (provided annually).

Salary Information:

This position is full-time, CT 2, term-funded, non-exempt, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. New hires will be placed on the UA Crafts and Trades salary schedule, based on education and experience.

Salary Information: CT2 /Step 1 $26.41/hr. (See Article 9.2 in the L6070 Collective Bargaining Agreement, Wage Grade Schedule - http://www.alaska.edu/labor/local-6070/ ).

Special Instructions to Applicants:

*This position will be physically located at the UAF campus in Fairbanks, Alaska. The successful finalist will be expected to report to duty at Poker Flat on the first day of employment.

Applicant Instructions:  Please attach a resume, cover letter, and names and contact information (email and phone number) for three (3) professional references.

Local 6070 Generic Union Job Description: https://www.alaska.edu/labor/local-6070/job-classification-descri/

**All APPLICANTS **

Current University of Alaska Local 6070 employees will be provided priority employment considerations for the first 5 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 Member in order to apply.  

Applications must be received prior to 11:55 PM Alaska time on October 9, 2023, to be considered. Applications received after this time and date may not be considered for this position.  To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date. 

  • If an adequate pool of applicants is not received at that time, applications will be reviewed by date received until the position is filled.
  • This recruitment is Open Until Filled and successful submission of an application does not guarantee employment.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-7357.

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

Local 6070 Generic Union Job Description

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

To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.


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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