Botanical Field Crew Leader

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
21 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
19 Dec 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

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

A Botanical Field Crew Leader (Research Associate II Special) position is available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands. This position is located at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, a high-elevation ecosystem in the saddle between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes.

The Botanical Field Technician implements natural resource management actions in the field such as rare plant surveys, monitoring, seed collection, and outplanting of federally listed species, as well as habitat improvement and vegetation monitoring.

Required Job Qualifications

  • BS/BA in botany or related plant science and at least 3 years of related experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of plant taxonomy and identification, especially species found in Hawaii, including common native, rare, and non-native species.
  • Experience with surveying and monitoring of vegetation and rare plants.
  • Demonstrated ability to hike for 6-8 hours and up to 10 kilometers per day while carrying field pack over rough terrain, inclement weather.
  • Able to obtain a State of Hawaii Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s license within 3 months of hire date; must maintain Hawaii State Pesticide Applicator’s certificate throughout employment.
  • Complete A-100 Helicopter Safety Training after hire.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Demonstrated competency and experience with dichotomous keys to identify plant species.
  • Experience with seed collection, outplanting, and site maintenance for common native and federally listed plant species.
  • Experience with chemical and mechanical control techniques for invasive plant species.
  • Related work experience on a military installation.
  • Experience maintaining a herbarium collection including preparing and repairing voucher specimens and labels.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Experience with computers and software including the Microsoft Office Suite and commonly used databases.
  • Experience with digital data collection devices and desktop GIS applications to produce maps, navigate, and record data.
  • Ability to operate 4-wheel drive vehicles.

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 Management and Planning Duty/Responsibility

Assist in training and motivating field staff in field techniques, data entry, and equipment use and maintenance. Implement established safety regulations and provide feedback to develop any emergent regulations. Assist with scheduling of field tasks. Flexible in assignments as well as work schedule. Responsible for coordination with team members to ensure all required data, maps, equipment, supplies, and vehicles are available and prepared for the field day.

Percentage Of Time 40 Job Duty Category Data Collection/Analysis Duty/Responsibility

Conduct botanical surveys for federally listed, rare, common native, and non-native plant species. Conduct monitoring of federally listed plant species. Conduct seed collection, outplanting and site maintenance for common native and federally listed plant species. Record, enter, and perform quality control on data recorded during surveys or monitoring. Prepare maps, data sheets, equipment, and conduct a briefing for team members on field tasks. Camping at remote work sites for up to four days at a time. Field work in high hazard areas to include live-fire impact area when escorted by Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel or like contractor.

Percentage Of Time 50 Job Duty Category Supervision Duty/Responsibility

Provide feedback to Botanical Manager on performance of individual field crew members. Resolve isolated or minor interpersonal issues within the crew.

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 12th, 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 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. Three 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 - • Candidate must be able to comply with all applicable regulations to obtain a Common Access Card (CAC). Furthermore, candidates are required at a minimum to complete a NACI/SF85 and successfully pass a federal background check to remain eligible for empl

Search Contact Jacie Ullrich

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.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

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.