Field Technician - Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
24 Feb 2017
End of advertisement period
24 Mar 2017
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. The current project is executed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Position Summary

The Field Technician (Research Associate I, Temporary) will be tasked with a varying tasks supporting the efforts of the JBLM Fish and Wildlife Program by providing support to staff biologists with their work. Duties may include data collection, monitoring, conducting surveys, providing technical expertise and field support to natural resource biologists, and assisting with habitat improvement and weed management.

Required Job Qualifications

  • A successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the proposed start date; CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.
  • A BA/BS degree with courses in field biology, field ecology, wildlife biology, or related areas.
  • The successful candidate must have two or more years’ work experience in Washington South Sound Prairie ecosystem.
  • The successful candidate must have the ability to work as part of a team in a structured organization and to work under harsh weather conditions and in uneven terrain.
  • A successful candidate must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • A successful candidate should have demonstrated knowledge of plants, wildlife, ecology, and forestry principles for the area.
  • Experience working with fish monitoring, survey, biology, and population dynamics is beneficial.
  • A working knowledge of ArcGIS ver. 10.x is preferred.
  • A successful candidate will demonstrate their capability to assess forest health and predict ecological and economic outcomes.
  • A pesticide applicator’s license is beneficial as is familiarity with power tools.
  • Experience using global positioning systems is preferred.
  • Experience working with the military or similar organization meeting a variety of individual and program needs supporting training, education, and environmental documentation.
  • The successful candidate should be self-starter and have the ability to take initiative, work independently and as a team member, and produce results.

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 Habitat Improvement Duty/Responsibility

  • Application of pesticides.
  • Building of nest boxes and other small structures.
  • Weed control and management.

Percentage Of Time 30 Job Duty Category Field Activities Duty/Responsibility

  • Monitoring and survey of species of interest.
  • Documenting and reporting on population dynamics

Percentage Of Time 30 Job Duty Category Geospatial Data Collection Duty/Responsibility

  • Transferring data and archiving geospatial data.
  • Use of Global Positioning Systems and data management.
  • Managing geodatabase.
  • Developing and creating maps for field and report use.

Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category Trainer Duty/Responsibility

  • Training and overseeing the activities of volunteers.
  • Documenting and managing volunteer efforts.

Percentage Of Time 20

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Prospective candidates should apply online at

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered. Apply no later than March 05, 2017, 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 birth dates from application materials. A complete application consists of:

  • Statement of Qualifications (one-page letter addressing each qualification described in announcement)
  • Resume
  • Transcripts (for each degree earned that is listed under qualifications)
  • Degree Conferral (copy of diploma if transcripts do not include confirmation that degree was awarded)
  • 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

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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.