Mesonet Systems Meteorologist I

Western Kentucky University (WKU) seeks applicants for the position of Mesonet Systems Meteorologist I.


Date posted

Oct. 9, 2019 12:00 am

Application deadline

Dec. 9, 2019 12:00 am


Western Kentucky University (WKU)


  • United States

Job description

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 calibrations of sensors at Mesonet observing sites and 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
  • 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 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

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