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  • Requisition no: 520515
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • School/Department: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • Grade: Grade 5
  • Categories: Facilities/Maint/Trades/RealEs
  • Job Type: Support Staff - Non-Union
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 40
  • Salary Range:

Position Summary

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University located in Palisades, New York, is seeking a Driver for a full-time position. The Driver will perform various tasks, including driving Observatory vehicles in support of the shipping/receiving department. Voluntary overtime opportunities to assist Buildings & Grounds personnel in snow removal or emergency operations may be extended. The routine work week is 40 hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM, with a ½ hour unpaid lunch break and a 20 minute paid mid-afternoon break.


  • Assists in all operations of the Traffic department, including shipping & receiving, mail & package deliveries, solid waste management, warehouse operations, moving, transport of materials on and off campus, and related duties as assigned.  Operates various vehicles including cargo & passenger vans, pick up trucks, and fork lift trucks.  May be required to provide passenger transportation periodically.
  • Packs materials and scientific equipment for transport by truck, sea, and air.  Due diligence and high standard of care required.  Staffs loading dock for most deliveries, but will also receive materials across campus, occasionally requiring leased hoisting equipment or coordination with crane operator.
  • Pick-up of hazardous & universal waste including recyclable material.  Delivery and transport of chemicals including compressed gas cylinders.  Application of safety guidelines as required. Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be furnished and, under certain circumstances, may be required for handling materials.  Ongoing general safety training provided.  Safety proficiency will be required as a condition of continued employment.
  • Receives general instruction and direction from the supervisor. Works independently on most tasks, but must function effectively when assigned to a team.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent, valid driver's license (maintained in good standing without violation) required.
  • Should have knowledge of Metropolitan area, including airports.
  • Routine lifting up to 70 pounds, non-routine lifting or material transport utilizing appropriate moving equipment, occasionally required.  

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior safety training highly preferred.

  • Forklift driving experience a plus.

  • Experience with shipping (both domestic and international) preferred.  

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer - Race / Gender / Disability / Veteran

The Lamont campus values diversity and inclusion, and encourages applications from members of underrepresented minority groups.

We accept online applications only.  

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