Job Opening

Two leadership positions

Alaska Earthquake Center

Posted: 12/01/2022

Open Until: 01/31/2023

The Alaska Earthquake Center is hiring two re-envisioned leadership positions as part of the center’s response to recent growth. The center is a cooperative environment where projects and operations are executed by well-empowered collaborative teams. We are a mission-driven organization set within the 400-person Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The center’s values emphasize employee flexibility, the open sharing of different perspectives, a respectful inclusive environment, and a commitment to serving Alaska and Alaskans with strong applied science. Career growth and professional development are expected and encouraged. The university offers an attractive work environment and strong benefits including retirement and health insurance, generous leave policies, and waived tuition for courses. We especially seek applicants with diverse (broadly defined) backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in STEM fields. Application review for both positions begins January 2. Questions can be directed to Brad Lobland, Director of Operations ( Or connect with us at AGU (booth 2137).

Communications Manager

We seek an individual with a passion for communication to manage our public engagement team. The team engages a variety of audiences online, in print, and in person to share earthquake and tsunami science, foster natural hazard safety awareness, and provide essential information during emergency events. The duties of the Communications Manager include supervising staff and supporting their creative growth, guiding internal and external communication strategies, coordinating visual resources, serving as a communications expert within the management team, and representing the center to media contacts and partner organizations.

Field Operations Manager

We seek an individual with the talent to manage a well-coordinated team of a half-dozen professional staff. The team’s diverse skills include instrumentation, engineering, remote field operations, networking, and new technologies. Together, the team is responsible for the health and improvement of the 250 field monitoring stations the center operates. This network of stations spans every corner of Alaska and streams data types including seismic, GNSS, infrasound, and weather. These data underpin the mission of the Earthquake Center and support the missions of numerous state and federal organizations. A background in logistics, engineering, or geoscience is ideal, but not required. The duties of the Field Operations Manager include mentoring and supervising other staff, planning and executing safe field logistics, and coordinating efforts to track the performance of remote monitoring stations. The position requires strong project management skills and a talent for team leadership. During the summer field season (May-October), this position provides support and oversight for multiple field campaigns operating across Alaska in remote conditions. This position offers extensive opportunities for travel in Alaska.

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