Lafayette City-parish Government (LCG) has posted job opportunities for those wanting to work in the utility system's now-building Fiber To The Home (FTTH) network. You can scan through the listings on the LCG website—where you'll have to go to download the PDF application forms should you decide to apply. A quicker way to get a sense of what is being offered currently can be found at careerbuilder; they've pulled together most of those that seem to have something to do with fiber or technology. (But the master list is at the LCG site.)
SYSTEMS ANALYST (FIBER).......$3,569-$4,647/MONTH/DOE Responsible for project management, cost analysis, implementation, upgrades, and troubleshooting of information systems, server software, and other network related system software such as OSS, BSS, DNS, and network management systems. Will serve on multiple projects as team leader. Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related and considerable experience with software applications required.It looks like they are looking for experience more than for certificates...and it looks like they're hoping to hire from the competition.
CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS OPERATOR (FIBER) .......$3,404-$5,098/MONTH/DOE Responsible for supervision and participation of technical operations and maintenance of a communications center which include plant, equipment, antennae, power supplies and all other network, video, and data equipment and operating systems required to deliver telephone, video and data services. Vocational technical training electronics and telecommunications. Experience with Cable TV head end, high speed Internet, or telephone switch operation required.
COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM OPERATOR (FIBER) .........
SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK TECHNICIAN (FIBER).....
Also accepting applications for Equipment Operator IV (Backhoe, Motor Grader, Excavator, Gradall, Dozer), Engineer II (Electrical & Civil), Power Plant Machinist, Power Plant Technician, Engineer III (Electrical & Civil), Engineering Aide II (Rodman), Equipment Operator II (Tandem Dump Truck), Planner II, Network Administrator, Programmer Analyst (GIS), and others.
Working for LUS, by all accounts that I've heard, is a good experience. But beyond that working for your community carries its own satisfaction. One of the reasons that we can still fill jobs for teachers and policemen is that there are still folks for whom that matters. Most of us get to the point sooner or later where what we do and why we do it becomes more important than how much we are paid or how comfortable a job it is. If you're working in an allied field and would like to get a job where you could learn about the latest & coolest AND get a job where you'd be working for your own community this is your chance.
---There are, if the server stats are too be trusted, a lot of folks who read this blog, as determinedly local as it, even though they don't have a direct interest in Lafayette's struggle. (Thanks, incidentally!) Maybe you, or someone you know would like to come and live in city where community is still a palpable thing, where culture exists outside of museums and performance halls, and the foodways are firmly planted in the local landscape. It's a community that is willing to stand up on its own two feet and fight for the sort of network it wants. If you're sympathetic with that impulse maybe you'd like to live somewhere where it is possible. Lafayette is an exciting place that is only going to get a lot more interesting for people committed to tech and community life. If you'd like to contribute we'd love to have you.