Mesonet System Meteorologist I

The Kentucky Climate Center at Western Kentucky University is seeking applicants for the position of Mesonet Systems Meteorologist I.


Date posted

Sep. 15, 2016 12:00 am

Application deadline

Nov. 15, 2016 12:00 am


Western Kentucky University


  • United States

Job description

About Western Kentucky University:

Western Kentucky University aspires to be the University of choice for faculty and staff who are dedicated to helping advance academic excellence. True to its spirit, WKU offers an inviting, nurturing, and challenging work environment, which is responsive to the needs of a diverse and ambitious learning community. WKU's main campus is located on a hill overlooking the city of Bowling Green (population est. 60,000), and is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful in the nation. In addition, WKU serves the communities of Elizabethtown/Fort Knox, Glasgow and Owensboro through its regional campuses. We invite you to consider WKU as a place where your academic and professional dreams can be realized.

Job Description:

The Kentucky Climate Center at Western Kentucky University is seeking applicants for the position of Mesonet Systems Meteorologist I for the Kentucky Mesonet, a research-grade weather and climate monitoring infrastructure that supports public safety and economic development across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  This position provides an opportunity to contribute to both operational and research & development programs of the Kentucky Mesonet.  The workload will balance the seasonal demands for testing, calibrating, and maintaining meteorological instrumentation and equipment both at monitoring sites and in a laboratory, with engagement in administrative, research, and outreach activities that derive from the Kentucky Mesonet.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Traveling to remote sites, sometimes requiring overnight stays
  • Troubleshooting and repairing/replacing failed sensors and electronic equipment at Mesonet sites on a deadline basis
  • Operating power equipment to maintain site vegetation
  • Performing on-site calibrations of sensors at Mesonet observing sites
  • Calibrating instruments in Mesonet laboratories
  • Submitting paperwork and digital metadata on a deadline basis to document sensor problems and site conditions/inspections
  • Installing and testing sensors and electronic equipment at new Mesonet sites
  • Serving as a point of contact and interacting with site hosts, local media, partners, and users regarding Mesonet operations, research, and outreach
  • Developing, either individually or as a team member, research proposals and projects utilizing Mesonet data
  • Accessing Mesonet and complementary databases to assimilate data in support of research
  • Using statistical and/or geographic information systems software to analyze, display, and/or interpret Kentucky Mesonet data
  • Representing the Kentucky Mesonet at professional meetings and trade shows
  • Taking on additional duties as needed

Knowledge and Skills Considered Essential for Success:

  • Knowledge of mesoscale meteorology and climatology
  • Knowledge of meteorological instrumentation and equipment for automated environmental monitoring, including testing and calibration procedures
  • Knowledge and skills involving data analysis and visualization using statistical and/or geographic information systems software
  • Troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  • Scientific and technical writing skills
  • Interpersonal communication and public speaking skills


  • Bachelor's degree in meteorology or related discipline
  • Valid Class D driver's license
  • Availability to work a flexible schedule that occasionally includes overnight travel
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy objects (45 pounds and over)
  • Ability to climb, including ladders and communications towers (up to 30 feet) where agility or balance is an issue
  • Ability to work outdoors with regular exposure to Kentucky weather

Additional information

Mesonet System Meteorologist I, WKU


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