Careers at Mines

Welcome to Colorado School of Mines!

We are pleased that you have interest in exploring career opportunities at Mines. Founded in 1874, Mines was the first public institution of higher learning to open its doors in Colorado.  Mines has an international reputation for excellence in engineering and applied sciences.  We are committed to serving the people of Colorado, our nation and the global community in the development and stewardship of the Earth’s resources.


Why choose mines?

When the world looks for answers, the world looks to Mines.

Colorado School of Mines is a top-ranked public university solving the grand challenges facing our society, particularly those related to the Earth, energy and the environment. Founded in 1874 with specialties in mining and metallurgy, Mines’ scope and mission have continually expanded to meet the needs of industry and society. Today, we are the No. 38 public university in the nation, recognized for our innovation and undergraduate teaching in science, technology engineering and math (U.S. News and World Report, 2023). View additional rankings at

Mines graduates are change makers, boundary breakers and problem solvers. Since our earliest days, a Mines education has been and continues to be a transformational opportunity, with one of the strongest returns on investment out there for talented STEM students of all backgrounds.

At the same time, Mines faculty members are pushing their fields in new directions, whether that’s manufacturing, space resources, quantum engineering, carbon capture or more. Mines was recently classified as a R1 “Very High Activity” research institution by Carnegie, a notable feat for any university but particularly one of our size.

That size – roughly 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students – also translates to a close-knit campus community, where employees have opportunities to get involved in multiple ways, continued professional learning is valued and everyone can make an impact.

Community Alliance groups bring together employees for professional development, networking, cultural awareness and community involvement, and all Mines employees also have access to the wealth of activities happening every day on campus – nationally-renowned speakers, special events and Mines traditions like Engineering Days, just to name a few.

And don’t get us started on our hometown. We are located in the heart of Golden, Colorado –with its charming historic downtown and nearby hiking trails – and in close proximity to all that Denver and the Rocky Mountains have to offer. That includes the sunny, high-altitude climate and outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities that make the Denver area an ideal place to live, work and play.

Are you looking for an inspiring, mission-driven workplace where you can contribute to solving the world’s problems and educating the next generation of change makers? Are you an individual who values a diverse and inclusive community, where our different perspectives, experiences and cultures enrich the educational and work experience?

Look to Mines.

Come explore the possibilities!



We invite you to explore all opportunities at Mines.


Academic, Research and Library Faculty

All academic, research and library faculty are employees of the school and are governed by Colorado School of Mines policies and procedures. State residency is not a requirement for application. Academic appointments can be tenure or non-tenure track and involve teaching, scholarship and professional service. Research appointments are non-tenured with primary responsibilities that include obtaining research funding, performing research and assisting the direction of graduate student thesis projects.


Administrative faculty are employees who are exempt from the Colorado State Personnel System and perform specialized professional duties that are designated by function or title, not academic rank. Administrative faculty are employees of the school and are governed by Colorado School of Mines policies and procedures. State residency is not a requirement for application. Employees in this employment classification are ineligible for tenure.

Classified employees are part of the Colorado State Personnel System, established under the Colorado constitution and governed by State Personnel Board Rules and Procedures. To apply for positions within the personnel system, you must be a current resident of the state.

Temporary Employment

Mines also offers temporary employment which may last a few weeks to a maximum of 9-12 months. Positions may be part-time or full-time and include limited benefits. Current state residency is not a requirement for application.

Student Employment

Many undergraduate students choose to work during their course of study to help with the costs of learning and living while at Mines. Mines departments list on-campus jobs on DiggerNet. Not all jobs require a Colorado or Federal work-study award. Locate more information about undergraduate student employment on the Financial Aid site. Graduate students can find information about employment opportunities on the Graduate Student Employment site.


Sodexo is located on Mines Campus and serves the Mines community. Their on-site services encompass food, facilities management, and workplace and technical management services.

Employees work on Colorado School of Mines campus but are employed by Sodexo.

Conditions of Employment

  • Employment at Mines is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation. Every background investigation will include a criminal records history check, including the sex offender registry. All background investigations will be conducted in accordance with Mines policy and the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and its regulations.
  • All new hires must be able to provide proof of work authorization in the United States within three business days of hire. Colorado School of Mines participates in the federal E-Verify program.
  • All employees are required to have their paychecks distributed via direct deposit to a checking or savings account.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action

Colorado School of Mines is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

The Clery Act and Campus Security Report

The Colorado School of Mines Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report contains valuable information for all campus community members. The report is designed to inform you of campus crime and fire statistics and provide security policy statements as required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the Clery Act), a federal law requiring institutions of higher education to annually disclose this information.

You can learn more and read the report by heading over to the Mines Campus Safety website.


Title IX

Pursuant to 20 U.S.C. 1681 §106.8(a), Mines must designate and authorize at least one employee to coordinate its efforts to comply with Title IX.

The Title IX Coordinator is Carole Goddard.

Office: Institutional Equity & Title IX House, 1706 Illinois Street

Email: or

Phone: 303.273.3260


Need Assistance?

Please contact Human Resources at or by phone at (303)273-3250. If you need to request any type of accommodation to participate in our employment processes, including completion of the online application process, please contact our office prior to application submission or campus visit.