Wild and Scenic Verde River Ecohydrology Science Technician

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
20 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Apr 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
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


  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
  • Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that Human Resources can calculate full-time work experience.
  • The APPLICATION is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.


  • If an Application is considered “Incomplete”, the Application will be removed from consideration for the position.
    • An Application is incomplete if no current/ previous employment is included in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • An Application is incomplete if “see resume” (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.
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    **Please see the Required Documents section of the posting.


  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s), which requires candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates’ own expense.
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Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Pre-employment Physical - Successfully complete the WorkSteps evaluation., Essential Services Designation - Required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare., Special Requirements/Other - Per CSU HDS food safety training policy, the incumbent must successfully pass the ServSafe certification exam within 6 months of hire date.

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.

Employment and Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb.

A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.