Mesonet Systems Meteorologist I

Kentucky Climate Center

About Western Kentucky University:

Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a student-centered, applied-research institution committed to providing its students with a transformative academic and social experience and to elevating its surrounding communities. Founded in 1906, WKU is the second largest undergraduate institution in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with approximately 15,035 students (29% first generation, 18% underrepresented minority) and just over 2,500 faculty and staff employees.

Western Kentucky University is committed to empowering its campus community to embrace diversity by building equitable and inclusive learning, working, and living environments. At the heart of our mission, we seek to provide holistic education and employment experiences that prepare students, faculty, and staff to become effective scholars, contributors, and leaders in our diverse and evolving communities.

Located 65 miles north of Nashville, TN, and just over 100 miles south of Louisville, KY, WKU’s main campus is in Bowling Green, KY – a city with approximately 70,000 residents. Our population is ethnically diverse, with more than 85 languages spoken in and around Bowling Green, and people from 35 nationalities call our community home.

Western Kentucky University seeks to attract talented faculty and staff who are inspired individually to contribute to WKU’s strategic plans and ongoing success. We offer comprehensive wellness and health benefits to employees and their families, including domestic partners and other qualified dependents and take pride in providing a workplace culture that supports balancing the responsibilities of work and family life. Paid-time off for holidays, vacation and sick leave, and a tuition discount program for employees and dependents are also provided. Learn more about WKU and Bowling Green at


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. The primary location for this position will be Bowling Green, but consideration will be given to remote work in locations in North Central or Eastern KY.

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 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
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with others
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail are a must.


Additional Information:

Salary:  $20.05/hr

Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.

Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to a policy and practice of providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all individuals. In accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, no form of discrimination or harassment will be tolerated at WKU on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices.

Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO). To request an accommodation, report/express a complaint, or ask questions regarding WKU”s Discrimination and Harassment Policy (#0.2040), please contact Mr. Joshua Hayes, EEO Director/Title IX Investigator/University ADA Coordinator, via email at or by phone at (270) 745-5121.

The University is also required to investigate complaints of sex and gender-based harassment, also a form of discrimination, and has designated the Title IX Coordinator as the individual responsible for coordinating the investigation and response to such complaints. The Title IX Coordinator for the University is Ms. Ena Demir, who can be contacted via email at or by phone at (270) 745-6867. Additional information regarding Title IX is accessible via WKU’s website.

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Application Instructions:

The following items must be submitted through this electronic talent management system:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

You will receive email confirmation that your submission has been received. The candidate review process will generally begin as materials are received. The expected start date is on or about November 1, 2022.


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