Assistant Climatologist

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Manhattan, KS, US
Manhattan, KS
30+ days ago
The Department of Agronomy at Kansas State University seeks applications for the role of Assistant Climatologist. The successful candidate will disseminate climate information and data to stakeholders in the State of Kansas. As a focal point for numerous local, state, and federal agencies, the selected candidate will provide climatological perspective on current events as well as meteorological and climatological data to support decisions impacting water management, agriculture and other economic activities in Kansas. The selected candidate must be able to work in a multi-cultural environment and create a work environment that fosters collegiality, diversity and teamwork.

About This Role:

This position provides vital data and information to the public, private companies, and governmental agencies including: media requests, climate reports to NOAA, regional climate centers, and meteorological data to support the Kansas Department of Agriculture drift claims and the USDA Farm Service Agency livestock indemnity program claims and other applications.

The successful candidate will:

  • Participate in outreach activities to various interest groups, such as K-12 programs, extension events, newsletters, farm profit seminars, agricultural groups, and numerous other entities.
  • Collaborate with the Kansas Mesonet manager on data requests, presentations, outreach activities, data collection, staff coordination, product development and dissemination.
  • Collaborate with the State Climatologist on the preparation of the Annual report for the American Association of State Climatologists (AASC), support the development of products for the Kansas Climate web page, and assist with activities of the State Climate Office.
  • Provide summary reports on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis for drought impacts and declarations.
  • Perform data quality checks and build large meteorological datasets required for research, extension and teaching activities at K-State and other institutions.
  • Foster collaborations with individuals from the AASC, USDA Climate Hubs, and NOAA Regional Climate Centers.

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion. The University actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting thePrinciples of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental Sciences or related field.
  • Four years related professional experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with scientific data formats, data processing, weather instrumentation and monitoring networks.
  • Ability to understand and address weather- and climate-related needs of diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated competence in building relationships and working effectively with individuals, groups, colleagues, and the ability to develop and lead partnerships and collaborations
  • Strong commitment to expanding and fostering diversity.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental Sciences or related field.
  • Experience analyzing meteorological and climatological datasets.
  • Experience with weather products applied to agriculture.
  • Demonstrate experience in a supervisory role.

Other Requirements:

  • All K-State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless granted an exemption by the university) by the later of December 8, 2021, or their first day of employment, pursuant to the federal executive order for federal contractors. To learn more about this requirement and potential exemptions, please visit K-State’s COVID-19website.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Letter of Interest
  2. Resume or CV
  3. Contact information of three professional references

Review of Applications Begins:

Immediately. For best consideration, apply by September 24, 2021.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

About the Company

Kansas State University