Employment 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?

Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering college in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. Mines is located in the heart of Golden, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver.  The campus location offers a small-town ambiance with close proximity to all that the Denver metropolitan area has to offer with an abundance of cultural events, museums, theaters and sporting venues. An arid climate and an average 300 days of sunshine per year make the area an ideal place to live, work and play. We seek individuals who value a diverse and inclusive community – offering different perspectives, experiences, and cultures that enrich the educational and work experience.  Come explore the possibilities!  

Academic and Research Faculty

All academic and research 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

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 Staff

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.

Classified Staff

Student – 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.

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

Mines is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator that recognizes that diversity is crucial to its pursuit of excellence in learning and research.  Mines is committed to developing student, faculty, and staff populations with differing perspectives, backgrounds, talents, and needs and to creating a richer mix of ideas, energizing and enlightening debates, deeper commitments, and a host of educational, research, and service outcomes.  As such, Mines values candidates who have experience working in settings with individuals from diverse backgrounds.  Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities.are strongly encouraged to apply.  Please read our Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Letter for more information. In order to comply with EEOC, OFCCP, and Affirmative Action regulations, we are required to compile summary data on the gender and ethnicity of our applicants and incumbent employees.  Applicants are requested to voluntarily submit gender, ethnicity, and veteran status information along with their application materials.

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. For a printable PDF version, please click here: Campus Security and Fire Safety Report. The university will provide prospective students a printed copy upon request.

Need Assistance?

Please contact Human Resources at fsearch@mines.edu 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 applications submission or campus visit.