Plant Restoration Field Technician

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
22 Oct 2017
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19 Nov 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences

Description of Work Unit

CEMML is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at 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 will identify species of suitable donor plant populations and collect and propagate seeds in a native plant nursery. The individual will also salvage plants and grow them in the nursery for eventual revegetation and enhancement of Guam’s native limestone forest.

Required Job Qualifications

  • The successful candidate must have a minimum of a B.S. degree in botany, horticulture, biology, ecology or a closely related science.
  • The successful candidate must have at least one year of field experience in native and invasive species plant identification and or restoration techniques.
  • Experience conducting seed collection, propagation, translocation, transplantation, pest control and monitoring of invasive plant species.
  • Experience using GPS units for data collection.
  • Ability to work in a remote setting in a karst environment without direct on-site supervision.
  • Must be able to pass the NACI background check for a Common Access Card.
  • The successful candidate must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.
  • 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.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • M.S. degree in Biological Science, botany, natural resource management or related field.
  • Experience working in a highly structured organization and with military headquarters-level staff.
  • Familiarity with native and invasive plants of the Pacific Islands.
  • Experience establishing and running a plant nursery.
  • Familiar with DoD/Navy environmental regulations.
  • Experience obtaining GIS data and with SDSFIE format

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 support Duty/Responsibility

Write work plans and other project deliverables.
Attend meetings.

Percentage Of Time 10 Job Duty Category Nursery Operation and Management Duty/Responsibility

Construct a native plant nursery, establish propagation and production, develop and maintain production schedule.
Propagate and culture native plants include rare plant taxa from seed and vegetative material, maintain stock plants, maintain a clean and orderly nursery.

Percentage Of Time 50 Job Duty Category Field work Duty/Responsibility

Conduct field surveys. Take part in seed collection. Clean and dry seeds and store to ensure viability. Obtain GIS coordinates to document collection areas and record important details. Remove plants from suitable donor populations. Salvage includes mature trees, shrubs and herbs. Pot and care for plants in the nursery until needed for outplanting.

Percentage Of Time 40

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, please apply by Sunday, November 5, 2017, 11:59 pm (MT) with a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, resume, and the names and contact information for 3 professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

The successful candidate must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.

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.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

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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.

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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.