Conservation GIS Specialist

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
$50,000 - $55,000
04 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
02 Dec 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

Serves as an independent cooperator to provide support necessary for Fort Polk, Louisiana to implement management guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures of Conservation Branch programs through NEPA, Maneuver Damage and Mitigation Monitoring, and Endangered Species Management Programs.

Required Job Qualifications

BS in environmental science or related field.
Proficiency with GIS (3 years experience).
Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date and drive 4-wheel drive vehicles, ATV/UTV.
Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Greater than two years of working GIS experience.
Proficiency with database software and management.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite.
Experience creating maps.
Experience with spatial analysis.
Experience working in southern/Louisiana ecosystems.
Experience working on/within military installations.

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 Geospatial Information System (GIS) work Duty/Responsibility

Technical GIS support for INRMP, Endangered Species, NEPA, and Cultural Resources Programs. Assist with execution aspects IAW all Conservation Branch Management Plans and Program(s) Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) time-lines and cooperative agreements. Assist coordination with various ENRMD staff and other concerned parties, including but not limited to the Endangered Species Section, Cultural Resources Section, Integrated Pest Management Section, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Section, Maneuver Damage, Sustainable Environmental Monitoring Program, other ENRMD branches, and other Fort Polk directorates.

Percentage Of Time 50% Job Duty Category Coordination with personnel Duty/Responsibility

Coordination of installation efforts to manage GIS data for the ENRMD Conservation Branch. Coordinate with various ENRMD staff and other concerned parties, including but not limited to the Endangered Species Section, Cultural Resources Section, Integrated Pest Management Section, National Environmental Policy Act Section, other ENRMD branches and other Fort Polk directorates.

Percentage Of Time 10% Job Duty Category Document prep and review Duty/Responsibility

Development, review and update of Conservation Branch Management Plans and SOPs for annual CB approval. Assist with annual support for developing database layer and maps for sections within Conservation Branch Management Plans and SOPs and participate in the preparation and review of other documents such as but limited to environmental analysis for proposed actions and preparation of various levels (Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements, and Record of Environmental Consideration) of NEPA documentation.

Percentage Of Time 5% Job Duty Category Database updates Duty/Responsibility

Attend and participate in monthly meetings with all Conservation Branch Programs [Cultural Resources, Pest Management, NEPA (Maneuver Damage and SEMP), INRMP, and Endangered Species] to ensure database layers are current and up-to-date and IAW with all Management Plans and SOPs.

Percentage Of Time 5% Job Duty Category Reviews Duty/Responsibility

The government may provide technical reports and documents for review during the performance period for technical review. Review these documents and report comments and recommendations IAW due dates and established Installation SOPs.

Percentage Of Time 5% Job Duty Category Reporting Duty/Responsibility

Tracking, updating, and reporting Common Levels of Support (CLS), and annual SOP reports IAW appropriate format and timetables.

Percentage Of Time 5% Job Duty Category Meetings, scheduling, training Duty/Responsibility

Weekly and monthly meetings for planning execution aspects of monitoring and managing Conservation Branch Programs and GIS data layers. Attend meetings and conferences to coordinate, brief, and gather information for the Conservation Branch. May additionally attend public meetings in support of public scoping requirements under NEPA and prepare and maintain informative displays. Attend all required meetings as determined by the ACOR and provide all pertinent information within one business day or as required. Meetings and conferences to be approved by the Fort Polk ACOR.

Percentage Of Time 5% Job Duty Category Equipment inventory and maintenance Duty/Responsibility

Track and record equipment location and use as appropriate. As appropriate, conduct required inspections and maintenance/cleaning on vehicles, equipment, dispatches, and government provided office space IAW timelines and Installation SOPs.

Percentage Of Time 5% Job Duty Category Deliverables Duty/Responsibility

Provide deliverables as defined in SOW.

Percentage Of Time 5% Job Duty Category Supervision Duty/Responsibility

Supervises 4 CEMML staff in the Conservation Branch, approves time, requests over time, submits purchase requests

Percentage Of Time 5%

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 November 20, 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, references will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates)

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.