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Permitting Assistant (Remote Work Options Available)

Job Description
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Denver Metro
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Administrative | Other
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UNAVCO seeks a Permitting Assistant to support the permitting team and project managers with renewing permits with land owners for the Network of the Americas (NOTA). NOTA is comprised of over 1200 geophysical stations (GPS/GNSS, borehole strainmeter + seismic) that span Alaska, the lower 48 states, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. A subset of NOTA stations contributes to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) ShakeAlert program, the earthquake early warning system in California, Oregon, and Washington.


UNAVCO, is a Boulder, Colorado based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, university governed consortium that facilitates geoscience research and education using geodesy. UNAVCO maintains and operates the Geodetic Facility for the Advancement of Geoscience (GAGE) which provides support to the National Science Foundation (NSF) investigator community for geodesy, Earth Sciences research, education and workforce development with broad societal benefits. As part of GAGE, UNAVCO operates a large network of geodetic instruments (primarily GNSS) and a world class data facility and archive.


For over three decades, UNAVCO has spearheaded the use of cutting-edge technology while providing robust operational support for researchers exploring tectonics (earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics), the deformation of ice, the Earth's response to groundwater, sea level, and aspects of the hydrosphere, and atmosphere. UNAVCO operates a multinational network of geophysical instrumentation on behalf of the National Science Foundation.


The Permitting Assistant works closely with the Senior Contracts and Permitting Manager and Project Manager on permitting and landowner relations as it relates to land use. The Permitting Assistant is an ambassador representing UNAVCO’s values to scientists, private landowners, sponsors, private companies, public agencies and other community members during the permitting process and is expected to strengthen relationships between these constituents and UNAVCO.

Areas of Responsibility
  • Contact and work with landowners to renew expiring permits via various communication methods (email, telephone, field visits, etc.).
  • Maintain, compile data and organize permit and operational spreadsheets (fees, expiration dates, renewals, landowner information, etc.).
  • Facilitate renewals with adequate lead time prior to expiration.
  • Coordinate site access and secured location access and arrange site logistics.
  • Process purchase requests and logistics and facilitate check requests with Business Affairs.
  • Perform essential customer relations duties to continue building goodwill between UNAVCO and the landowner.
  • Maintain liability insurance certificates.
  • Light field work and warehouse tasks.
  • Other duties may be assigned as necessary for the successful operation of the business.
  • Drivers license
  • • Associate’s degree in physical science, engineering, English, construction or related field and one (1) year related administrative and/or permitting work experience
  • OR Three (3) years of administrative or permitting experience.

Salary - $39,527.00 - $57,313.00 USD


UNAVCO supports a robust remote work environment, while it is preferred this incumbent be located within Colorado or California, alternate living locations in the western United States will be considered.

This position is intended to be full-time, benefits eligible employment. However, part-time (non-benefits eligible) employment may be possible under the right business conditions.  UNAVCO offers very competitive benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability, Supplemental Benefits, 4 weeks Paid Time Off (PTO), and a retirement plan with a 10% employer contribution.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted via UNAVCO’s career website and MUST include the following application documents:


1. Cover Letter outlining your specific experience with and interest in this position; and

2. Complete resume.


Incomplete applications will not be considered. Application review begins Thursday, April 15, 2021, and will continue until position is filled.

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