Natural Resources Specialist

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
30 Sep 2016
End of advertisement period
28 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

CEMML is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU). CEMML applies the latest and most appropriate science to promote the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on Department of Defense (DoD) and other public lands. We provide technical support, conduct applied research, and offer career development and learning opportunities to support resource stewardship. We collaborate with our sponsors and within CSU to resolve complex environmental issues, leaving a legacy of science-based decisions that sustain our resources for future generations.

To learn more about CEMML’s contributions to land management, our mission, vision, and values, visit

Position Summary

This position is located at Avon Park Air Force Range, Florida and is primarily responsible for identifying and managing invasive plants and providing other natural resource data to installation staff.

The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the United States by proposed start date. CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Required Job Qualifications

BS in biology, ecology or closely related natural resource management discipline and at least two years professional experience in invasive species control and resource monitoring. Supervisory experience of seasonal field crews is required. Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date. Must obtain and be able to maintain a State motor vehicle operator’s license. Position requires a State of Florida Herbicide Applicators License.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Experience with Florida’s ecosystems and familiarity with invasive plants and associated control methods. Experience using GPS hardware and software and analyzing that data in a GIS is helpful. Experience with chainsaws, sprayers, 4WD vehicles and other power equipment necessary for invasive plant control is beneficial.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Project Implementation Duty/Responsibility

The Natural Resource Specialist collects natural resource data on the full range of information needed to manage renewable resources on a military installation, including basic inventories of invasive flora; condition and trend monitoring; and other special purpose surveys.

Represent Avon Park Air Force Range on regional councils in regard to invasive species management.

Position will assist in other installation natural resources operations as required.

Percentage Of Time 75% Job Duty Category Reporting Duty/Responsibility

Data collection supports management decisions for resources needed for invasive flora control on the installation.

The Specialist will review, create, and maintain GIS spatial data and databases in regard to invasive plant species on installation.

Percentage Of Time 10% Job Duty Category Supervison Duty/Responsibility

The Specialist will lead contract crews and an Invasive Species Technician in detection and treatment of invasive species.

Percentage Of Time 15% Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Prospective candidates should apply online at Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Apply no later than September 25, 2016, for full consideration. Upload each of the items below individually as a Word Document (.doc), PDF (.pdf), or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Please note that incomplete applications cannot be considered. Please remove social security numbers and birthdates from application materials. A complete application consists of:

1) Statement of Qualifications (one page letter addressing each qualification described in announcement)
2) Resume
3) Transcripts (for each degree earned that is listed under qualifications)
4) Degree Conferral (copy of diploma if transcripts do not include confirmation that degree was awarded)
5) References (contact information for professional references including at least one supervisor,

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License Search Contact Sabrina Broderick, EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.