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University at Albany, SUNY
Research Foundation for SUNY
Posted: 03/20/2023
Meteorological Field Technician

Meteorological Electronics Field Technician (R23-15)

About RF for SUNY at the University at Albany:
Employment is with The Research Foundation for the State University of New York, a private, nonprofit, educational corporation that provides essential sponsored program administration and innovation support services to SUNY faculty and students whose ideas and research generate ground-breaking discovery and translate to entrepreneurial and economic development opportunities for New York State.

Working at the SUNY Research Foundation for the University at Albany, you will be part of a team that provides essential services to the University as it moves to the front ranks of American higher education, supporting the advancement of education, research and discovery. The University at Albany, a nationally recognized research university with outstanding faculty, researchers and staff, offers challenging, exciting and rewarding careers to those who seek opportunities to grow and excel.

Job Description:
Description of Duties:
The NYS Mesonet Field Technician is part of a team responsible for the maintenance of 126 standard and 85 non-standard (profiler, surface energy budget, snow, micronet) weather stations across New York State. The technician team is responsible for the general maintenance and functionality of the sensors and associated equipment and infrastructure housing associated with each site. Duties may include (but are not limited to) repairs to sensors and infrastructure, sensor calibration, and cutting grass. The technician may be asked to assist staff with other Mesonet projects in the office or field as needed. This job requires a significant amount of driving across New York State. The ability to work independently and with others, general technical expertise, and hands-on experience and/or training with electronics are recommended.

Duties include:

  • Routine and emergency maintenance. Troubleshoot and repair/replace failed sensors and electronic equipment. Includes travel to sites across the state as needed, some with overnight stays
  • Upgrade equipment and sensors
  • Operate power equipment to maintain site vegetation
  • Coordinate with fellow technicians on projects throughout the state
  • Complete, file and submit paperwork and digital metadata on a deadline basis
  • Document site conditions, inspection reports and instrument problems
  • Installation of new sites, sensors, and equipment


  • 2 years of college completed OR Associate’s Degree in Electronics, Engineering or Meteorology from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization AND 3 years of relevant experience OR 5 years of relevant experience
  • Experience in outdoor field work in varying and extreme weather conditions
  • Ability to travel statewide, including travel to areas that may not be served by public transportation
  • Ability to lift and carry objects 50 pounds or greater
  • Ability to climb ladders and towers up to 30 feet
  • Ability to work independently, work together as a team, and to work with minimal supervision

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with meteorological instrumentation
  • Familiarity with electronics and wiring
  • Ability to start to work within four weeks of job offer

Additional Information:
Salary Range: $40,000 – $50,000
Federal law and regulations require notice to all prospective employees regarding crimes that have occurred on campus in the current three year period. Please refer to the following website for the complete Annual Security Report (“Clery Report”): http://police.albany.edu/asr.htm

As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, The Research Foundation for SUNY will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, physical and mental disability, criminal record, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, status with respect to receiving public assistance, domestic violence victim status, a disabled, special, recently separated, active duty wartime, campaign badge, Armed Forces service medal veteran, or any other characteristics protected under applicable law.

The Research Foundation for The State University of New York offers exceptional benefits such as healthcare, dental, vision, pension plans, competitive pay, generous paid time off, tuition assistance, life insurance and long-term disability insurance. The University at Albany offers a variety of performing arts, world class libraries, and competitive sporting events.

Application Instructions:
Persons interested in the above position should submit a resume, contact information for three work-related references, along with a letter of application to https://rfhr.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=160170

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

All applicants must address in their cover letter their ability to work with a culturally diverse population.

URL: www.albany.edu/asrc/