Natural Resources Biologist

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
17 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
15 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

The position will provide support for natural resource management at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, including wildlife management and surveys, plant surveys and environmental compliance.

Required Job Qualifications

Minimum bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, wildlife ecology or other relevant field. Minimum three years relevant experience. Must have experiencing conducting wildlife and vegetation surveys. Must have demonstrated experience using GIS/GPS to produce databases and maps. Must be able to work for long periods in inclement weather including extreme heat possibly weekends and holidays.
Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Knowledge of Mojave, Great Basin and/or other desert ecosystems. Experience with threatened and endangered plants and wildlife, particularly Desert Tortoise. Familiarity with standard natural resource data collection equipment including GPS units, cameras, fiber optic scope, Sherman traps and others. Experience working with a variety of avian species would be helpful as would experience working on a military installation. Flexibility in responding to emerging survey needs preferred. Experience producing outreach materials, maps and reports is beneficial. Ability to drive off-road vehicles is highly desirable.

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 Natural resource surveys and monitoring Duty/Responsibility

Conduct bird surveys, burrowing owl surveys and rare plant surveys on a regular basis (depending on species). As needed, conducts short-notice compliance surveys of plants and animals to complete compliance documents for base activities. Participates in surveys of other wild animal populations and invasive and/or exotic plant species.

Percentage Of Time 50% Job Duty Category Database maintenance and update Duty/Responsibility

Enter data from surveys and GPS units into database. Query database and conduct trend analysis of data.

Percentage Of Time 20% Job Duty Category Develop outreach materials Duty/Responsibility

Write biological content for outreach materials (field cards, posters and pamphlets). Work with designer to develop natural resource posters and pamphlets.

Percentage Of Time 20% Job Duty Category Reporting Duty/Responsibility

Report on surveys in a timely manner. Provide monthly summary reports of surveys. Provide quarterly and annual project reports

Percentage Of Time 10%

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 December 4, 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, Special Requirements/Other - Candidates will be required to pass an installation security clearance. 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.