Wild and Scenic Verde River Ecohydrology Science Technician

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
28 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
28 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University is interdisciplinary with programs of emphasis in forestry, fire science, fire management, natural resource policy/planning, rangeland ecology, and restoration ecology. The Department’s faculty support the Warner College of Natural Resources and the University in fulfilling the Land Grant Mission in these programmatic areas. The Department offers undergraduate majors in Forestry, Rangeland Ecology, and Natural Resources Management in addition to master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees. Faculty in the Department take advantage of great opportunities for collaboration across campus with faculty in a wide variety of programs, colleges and departments. Additional information about the department can be accessed at http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/frs-home.

Position Summary

This position is an approximately one-year position assisting a science team to determine the flow necessary to maintain the outstandingly remarkable values (including habitat, recreation, and riparian vegetation) of the Wild and Scenic reaches of the Verde River in Arizona.

Candidate will: conduct a literature search for information relating to the resource values, physical properties, water infrastructure, and ecological functioning of the Verde River; review external resources, publications, white papers, reports, and geospatial datasets; compile, summarize and synthesize existing data on hydrology, fish, aquatic invertebrate, wildlife, vegetation, and recreation resources along the Verde River; work with the Verde River Wild and Scenic science team to Identify areas in need of additional work; develop and manage an attributed geospatial database; write a summary document working with the Verde River Wild and Scenic science team on each topic area (hydrology and hydraulics, invertebrates, fish, vegetation/habitat, and recreation); and assist with field work, data entry, analysis and report writing.

Position will be for one year (or less depending on salary) located in Fort Collins, CO but candidate must have the ability to travel to the Verde River a few times a year.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Ecology, Hydrology or related field.
  • Must have field experience working on rivers and wetlands in the western US; southwestern experience is a plus.
  • Must be able to travel to the Verde River several times per year.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Experience conducting literature reviews.
  • Experience synthesizing data and information.
  • Demonstrated writing ability.
  • Skills in ArcGIS, statistical analyses.
  • Field data collection techniques and organization.
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups

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 Literature review Duty/Responsibility

  • Review all pertinent literature, published and gray that is important for understanding the hydrology, water use, water budget and potential climate effects on the Verde River in Arizona.

Percentage Of Time 50 Job Duty Category Interviews Duty/Responsibility

  • Personal interviews with experts on the Verde River to collect additional data, collect expert opinions, and unpublished data and analyses

Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category Coordination Duty/Responsibility

  • Keep in touch with supervisor, CSU collaborators, and Forest Service collaborators for all tasks, and travels. These collaborators will help guide the activities, make connections and contacts and keep the project on time and directed.

Percentage Of Time 5 Job Duty Category Synthesis Duty/Responsibility

  • Develop a synthesis of all material read, collected, dialogs, experiences. This synthesis will be coordinated with supervisor, CSU collaborator, and Forest Service collaborator to make sure the organization, structure and content are suitable for a final report.

Percentage Of Time 5 Job Duty Category Writing Duty/Responsibility

  • Work with Supervisor, CSU collaborator, and Forest Service collaborator to review information, design report, and to write final report. This report will have several review stages by the collaborators listed above, and a final will be due at the end of this project.

Percentage Of Time 20

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, however for full consideration please apply by 03/12/2018, 11:59 pm (MT).
Application materials consist of the following:
Resume, cover letter and three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment

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

Search Contact David.Cooper@colostate.edu

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.