Research Associate, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute
Description of Work Unit
The Colorado Forest Restoration Institution (CFRI) is a Congressionally-authorized program within the Department of Forest & Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University with the mission to develop, compile, synthesize, and apply locally-relevant science-based knowledge to achieve forest restoration and wildfire mitigation goals. The geographic focus of the Institute is the State of Colorado, the U.S. Southwest, and the U.S. Intermountain West.
The Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at Colorado State University is hiring several temporary full time staff positions to assist with coordination and data collection for our research and monitoring fieldwork projects. The term of the position is seasonal and of variable length, typically May through October 2018, with potential for extension dependent upon funding. Positions will be hired periodically as funding and work needs require throughout the field season, ranging in responsibility levels from field crew technicians to assistant crew leaders and crew leaders. The position duties are approximately 65 to 85% conducting fieldwork and 15-35% project management, coordination, and supervision of field crew technicians. These positions are focused on supporting our field data collection efforts, but there are ample opportunities to grow and work on diverse tasks at the interface of research and management to achieve all facets of the CFRI mission. Please provide a list of any relevant coursework in your resume and briefly describe in your resume and/or cover letter how the courses relate to the position qualifications and duties. A valid driver’s license is required for these positions.
Required Job Qualifications
- B.S. in Ecology, Forestry, Natural Resource Management, or a related field of study and 1+ years of experience, or M.S. degree in a related field of study.
- Coursework and/or experience measuring trees and forest characteristics, fuels, herbaceous vegetation, and working outdoors.
- Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.
Preferred Job Qualifications
- Ability to plan for and manage field crews and the logistics of fieldwork.
- Experience conducting fieldwork in remote locations, preferably in Colorado or dry western forests, and ability to work unusual schedules with frequent travel.
- Experience and/or ability to train, supervise, schedule, and oversee crew members in field data collection.
- Experience implementing diverse ecological, forestry, and fuels field sampling methods, and knowledge of sampling equipment, procedures and QA/QC protocols. Familiarity with sampling methods and procedures implemented on CFRI research and monitoring projects is desirable.
- Demonstrated proficiency in plant identification and experience with Rocky Mountain flora.
- Basic proficiency using spatial databases and remote sensing technology, particularly GPS navigation and ArcGIS software.
- Experience with data entry and data QA/QC protocols to support ecological and forestry research. Knowledge or ability to learn spreadsheets, databases, and database management techniques desired.
- High-quality oral and written communication skills.
Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.
Special Instructions to Applicants
This pool will expire December 31, 2018. Individuals wishing to be considered beyond this date must reapply.
Required documents to apply: Statement of Interest, Resume, and contact information for three references.
Please provide a list of any relevant coursework in your resume and briefly describe in your resume and/or cover letter how the courses relate to the position qualifications and duties.
References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
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