Postdoctoral Fellow, Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Department

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
20 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Department expands the frontiers of knowledge through our broad-based expertise in applied ecology, quantitative methods, and human dimensions in the conservation and management of fish and wildlife. We teach students to think critically about environmental issues, and become ecologically literate citizens with the training to be successful in graduate school and in careers with natural resources agencies, firms, and non-government organizations. Our outreach efforts contribute significantly to life-long learning by assisting individuals and agencies to solve complex environmental problems and to be good stewards of our nation’s natural resources.

Position Summary

We seek an outstanding early career scientist to conduct social and ecological research to identify the factors that lead to successful cross-boundary mitigation of habitat for threatened and endangered species in a rapidly changing environment. The project will focus on areas in the United States near military installations where management of threatened and endangered species may conflict with ongoing military training and operations. We will examine the degree to which mitigation projects provide economically viable opportunities for private landowners or other stakeholders to participate in conservation, lead to net increases in habitat quality for threatened and endangered species, and facilitate ongoing military training and operations. This project is funded by the Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP).

The fellow will draw on existing data and expert opinion to conduct a multidisciplinary characterization of current mitigation projects, including measures of success, and identify the ways that current efforts explicitly account for ongoing environmental change. The successful candidate will lead this research project in close collaboration with a diverse faculty team, and will help supervise graduate and undergraduate students. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to communicate project findings through peer-reviewed scientific publications, reports, and presentations at professional meetings.

Required Job Qualifications

Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in conservation science, ecology, natural resources, geography, political science, economics, or a related discipline.

Expertise in private lands, conservation finance, market-based conservation, environmental mitigation, and/or endangered species.
Applicants also must demonstrate evidence of excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • At least one year of experience as a postdoctoral fellow or as a research scientist with a university or a public or private conservation organization. Experience examining legal, institutional, or economic dimensions of market-based conservation efforts (such as payment for ecosystem services programs, wetland mitigation banking, and carbon offsets) is especially desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact successfully with an interdisciplinary team and with diverse conservation partners such as federal agencies, private landowners, and nongovernmental organizations.
  • Experience with designing and implementing surveys, and with quantitative and qualitative analysis of such survey data, is highly desirable.
  • Strong record of independent research leading to publications in peer-reviewed professional journals.

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 Research Duty/Responsibility

Conduct socio-ecological research on cross-boundary habitat mitigation for endangered species. Design and implement surveys to scientists and practitioners engaged in these projects, and travel to study sites to meet with key stakeholders. Enter and analyze social and ecological data and write manuscripts and reports to communicate results to the funder and the scientific community.

Percentage Of Time 75 Job Duty Category Project Management Duty/Responsibility

Ensure project objectives are met by meeting regularly with project team, setting interim goals, and submitting reports. The postdoc will help the PIs communicate with the funding agency and explore opportunities for continuing the project through future grant proposals.

Percentage Of Time 10 Job Duty Category Supervision Duty/Responsibility

Help supervise a graduate student research assistant and be the sole supervisor for an undergraduate research assistant. The Postdoc will help hire the undergraduate research assistant and work with them on a weekly basis to collect and synthesize social, economic, and ecological data on cross-boundary habitat mitigation projects.

Percentage Of Time 15

Special Instructions to Applicants


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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

A standard appeal form is available at: 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.