Social/Biological/Physical Science Information Program Manager
Description of Work Unit
The Forest Management Division is a branch of the Colorado State Forest Service and provides administration and oversight of forest management programs that directly contribute to the agency’s mission of “the stewardship of Colorado’s diverse forest environments for the benefit of present and future generations”. The administration of the Forest Management programs are carried out under the supervision of the Forest Management Division Supervisor.
Under the supervision of the Forest Management Division Supervisor, the Social/Biological/Physical Science Information Program Manager will serve as a member of the (Colorado State Forest Service) CSFS Management Team that ensures work efforts across all program areas are coordinated. This team ensures efficiency, effectiveness, and cohesiveness of program delivery. They work together to address common operational issues, allocate and manage resources to ensure work goals are achieved on time and within budget, and that policy and practices are implemented consistently.
The Social/Biological/Physical Science Information Program Manager will be responsible for administration of a budget ranging from $750,000 to $1 million (spanning multiple years of funding), data management for multi-disciplinary information and geospatial applications. They will coordinate the conversion of geospatial information, remote sensing imagery, and other science based data sources into GIS databases. They are responsible for the organization and maintenance of resource information, facilitating analysis across multiple science based disciplines including but not limited to silviculture, water, wildlife, and wildland fire. In this role, they will also serve as the professional, science based point of contact and liaison for Federal, State, and local governments and other partners concerned with GIS, GPS, remote sensing and mapping.
Program leadership responsibilities include making recommendations and providing expert advice on the development and application of geospatial analysis processes, protocols and solutions to mission critical resource management issues. They will be asked to develop new and integrate already existing reporting systems to meet agency enterprise needs and local/state/federal requirements. They will manipulate and analyze geospatial data to support resource management decisions for multiple resource, jurisdictional, and ownership units spanning large geographical regions. They will compile natural resource, topographic, and cartographic data for the creation of thematic map products and presentation materials for forest resource management planning, the Forest Action Plan, and other projects supporting natural resource management decision making.
The Social/Biological/Physical Science Information Program Manager will be expected to provide formal and informal training and support to CSFS GIS software users in the development, storage, retrieval and analysis of data, providing advice and recommendations on sources, standards, integrity, compatibility, and cost efficiency of natural resource and socio-economic information. They will supervise staff, assign work, establish and communicate guidelines and performance requirements; conduct formal performance reviews, and identify developmental and training needs of staff. The position performs administrative and human resources management functions for staff, providing advice, counsel or instruction on both administrative and work matters. They also assure full compliance with safety and security policies.
Required Job Qualifications
- A Bachelor’s degree (or greater) in geospatial technology (e.g., geographic information systems; remote sensing; web, mobile and global positioning systems), geography, natural resources, or related biological or physical sciences.
- Four years of experience in the application of geospatial technology in the management of natural resources.
- Experience with supervising temporary and/or permanent staff.
Preferred Job Qualifications
- Masters (or greater) and/or additional certifications in geospatial technology (e.g., geographic information systems; remote sensing; web, mobile and global positioning systems), geography, natural resources, or related biological or physical sciences.
- Professional knowledge and experience with theories, principles, concepts, practices, standards, and methods of geography and related social sciences; natural resources and ecosystem management and related biological sciences; or related physical sciences to analyze the relationships between various natural resources and develop geospatial analysis processes, protocols and solutions in support of natural resource management decision making. This includes knowledge of human uses and values of the forests, local communities and populations, and methods for linking natural resource use and values with socio-economic characteristics of local communities and stakeholders.
- Experience serving as a professional, expert authority evaluating advances in geospatial technology for applicability to specific and/or novel situations; developing new methods and procedures for incorporation into local and regional geospatial programs; knowledge of geospatial technology (e.g., ESRI ArcGIS software, enterprise geographic information systems, remote sensing, web, mobile and global positioning systems); knowledge of cartographic principles and conventions sufficient to create maps for internal use that display natural resource and socioeconomic information and highlight particular analysis results.
- Experience with field level natural resource and land management operations sufficient to advise staff in project planning and management.
- Experience with geospatial modeling (Model Builder), process automation, and programming languages (Python, C++, Java, SQL).
- Experience with spatial and related data (vector, raster, imagery) sufficient to support multi-scale and/or multi-resource planning, assessments, and monitoring. Knowledge of data and data management sufficient to create, transform and integrate data in a variety of resolutions and formats.
- Knowledge of University, State and/or Federal information management policies and processes and social, economic, and environmental geospatial databases.
- Knowledge of local, regional, and national interests, concerns, issues, and goals related to natural resources management.
- Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally with diverse groups and individuals including professional experts, managers and resource staff at all levels of the agency to advise on and promote geospatial program goals and objectives.
- Ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with individuals both within and outside the CSFS to facilitate accomplishment of program goals.
- Experience with group facilitation and problem solving techniques to plan and conduct workshops, meetings, and training for resource and technical professionals.
- Experience with supervision and human resources practices and procedures in order to carry out responsibilities and to plan/integrate work schedules to meet unit needs.
- Experience with management principles and practices related to program and workforce planning, supervision and training of employees to promote a well-trained and qualified workforce.
- Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and effectively in teams, advancing outcomes with internal staff, external partners, and cooperators.
- Demonstrated ability to manage and oversee programs, projects, operations and staff.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and at a high level of proficiency.
Applicants are expected to possess demonstrated knowledge of and relevant ability with culturally diverse communities among potential target and constituent populations.
Job Duty Category Program Leadership and Program/Data Management Duty/Responsibility
Provides leadership, oversight, professional expertise, coordination and administration of statewide geospatial/information management programs, policies, and procedures and advises agency Leadership on current emerging issues in the following areas:
- CSFS/Program Management: Serves as a member of the CSFS Management Team that ensures work efforts across all program areas are coordinated to ensure efficiency, effectiveness, and cohesiveness of program delivery. The team works together to address common operational issues, allocate and manage resources to ensure work goals are achieved on time and within budget, and ensure that policy and practices are implemented consistently. In this role, they are to ensure the appropriate oversight for financial management and program review for geospatial/information management programs and resources, and make recommendations for the prioritization and allocation of resources.
The position will be responsible for budget administration of a budget of $750,000 to $1 million (spanning multiple years of funding), and will provide leadership in the development, management and use of spatial and other data and advanced geospatial technological applications, and serves as principal expert advisor on Geographic Information Systems (GIS). They will develop and implement geospatial program goals in conjunction with resource management objectives and organizational business requirements. They will advise, counsel and assist CSFS staff regarding GIS project planning including, but not limited to timelines, data analysis capabilities, use of budget, and appropriate use and selection of contracts.
- Data Management: Oversees data life cycle management and evaluates emerging data management needs and strategizes the use of new technologies to facilitate the ease of data management and use within the CSFS. Manages CSFS geodatabases and reporting systems. They will analyze current agency enterprise systems to determine maintenance/enhancement needs, and will be asked to develop new and integrate already existing reporting systems to meet agency needs and local/state/federal requirements. They will develop and administer contracts for maintenance, enhancements, and updates to geospatial systems. They oversee and coordinate input from CSFS managers and staff to determine type, amount and level of information required to develop and analyze ecosystem management alternatives. They will be asked to assess quality, compatibility, and limitations of various data used in a wide array of land management and planning efforts. They will develop data dictionaries, data models, and metadata for multi-disciplinary information and geospatial applications. They will coordinate conversion of geospatial information and remote sensing imagery into GIS databases, and are responsible for the organization and maintenance of resource information and data to facilitate analysis across multiple disciplines including but not limited to silviculture, water, wildlife, and wildland fire.
- Program Partnership Lead: Serves as professional, expert point of contact and maintains liaison with Federal, State, local governments and other partners. They are responsible for partnering with other agencies though sharing of geospatial data and will be a liaison for planning and program coordination with other government entities including federal and state partners.
Percentage Of Time 55 Job Duty Category Program Administration Duty/Responsibility
Formulates, coordinates, and implements broad policies for administration of the geospatial/information management programs in the following areas:
- Geospatial Analysis: Provides expertise and makes recommendations on the development and application of geospatial analysis processes, protocols and solutions to mission critical resource management issues. Applies geospatial tools and solutions to address to new situations and resolves novel or obscure problems. They develop and interpret conceptual, mathematical and computer models for geospatial applications. They apply advanced principles to facilitate geospatial model design and analysis procedures related to ecological, natural resource and relevant socio-economic data and products. They also use spatial statistical tools for modeling geospatial data to simulate, estimate, interpolate, and predict natural processes and the linkages with human uses and values. They manipulate and analyze geospatial data to support resource management decisions for multiple resource, jurisdictional, and ownership units or a large geographical region, performing multi-scale and/or multi-resource analysis in support of planning, analysis, and monitoring activities.
- Cartography and Map Design/Production: When needed, they will be asked to compiles data for creation of thematic map products and presentation materials for forest resource management planning and other projects supporting natural resource management decision making. They must be able to operates complex computer systems and software packages and develop procedures to produce intricately detailed maps; web services and graphics for the many varied forest management programs, planning documents, and other requirements of varying types. They will be responsible for applying geographic and cartographic principles to the resolution of natural resource issues in geospatial database construction and map compilation.
- Training and Support: Provides advice on the implementation, management, analysis, and use of geospatial information. They will be responsible for providing professional, science based advice and recommendations on sources, standards, integrity, compatibility, and cost efficiency of natural resource and socio-economic information. They conduct formal and informal training and provides professional, science based expert assistance to CSFS GIS software users in the development, storage, retrieval, analysis, and security of data.
Percentage Of Time 35 Job Duty Category Supervision Duty/Responsibility
Plans the work to be accomplished by staff, assigns work to employees, and establishes production or quality standards for the staff’s work. Other responsibilities include establishing and communicating guidelines and performance requirements to employees; conducting formal performance reviews; and identifying and providing for the developmental and training needs of employees. The position performs administrative and human resources management functions for the staff; providing advice, counsel or instruction on both administrative and work matters. They also assures full compliance with safety and security policies.
Percentage Of Time 10
Special Instructions to Applicants
Required Application Materials: 1) A cover letter which addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications, 2) A résumé, 3) Professional References, 4) College transcripts of your geospatial technology, geography, natural resources, or related biological or physical sciences degree, 5) Supplemental Question responses.
All of these materials must be received for applications to be considered complete by closing date.
Please allow at least two to three weeks after the closing date for us to review your application materials and determine those candidates we plan to invite to interview. If you are not selected for an interview, we will send you notification when the process is complete. Should you be invited to an in-person interview, the Colorado State Forest Service will cover all reasonable travel expenses per candidate. At the time of on-campus interviews, candidates will be notified before references are contacted. Application materials of finalist candidates will be made available to Forest Service and other relevant constituents.
Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License - Successful applicants must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date. , Special Requirements/Other - Irregular work hours and periodic long days, evening and weekend service, occasional off-site and field project program review, and periodic overnight travel.
For questions about this position or the application process, please contact Sarah Badding at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-491-7293.
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