Land Rehabilitation and Maintenance Field Crew Lead

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
01 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
29 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

CEMML is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (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 one-year Field Crew Leader position is available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML). This position is located at Camp Roberts, California. This position will assist the Land Rehabilitation and Maintenance (LRAM) component of the Integrated Training Area Management (ITAM) program to sustain realistic training land conditions and the support of mission requirements for units at the installation. Incumbent will be responsible for the operations of equipment (e.g., dozer, grader, front-end loader, excavator, roller, hydroseeder, and more) and will load and haul equipment. Work will be conducted for trail maintenance and repair, training land repair, reconfiguration and range improvement. Incumbent will supervise employees and will maintain all vehicles and equipment.

Camp Roberts, at 42,784 acres, is the largest training area under the control of the California Army National Guard. The mission at Camp Roberts is to facilitate the training, mobilization and security of the National Guard, Army Reserve and Active Component units in support of federal, state and community missions. Camp Roberts is located in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties on Hwy 101, approximately 9 miles north of Paso Robles. Cities near Camp Roberts have an abundance of recreational opportunities, picturesque landscapes, and attractive neighborhoods.

Required Job Qualifications

The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the United States by proposed start date. CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Minimum requirements include:

  • Valid CDL
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience as a heavy equipment operator
  • A High School Diploma, General Education Development (GED), or equivalent
  • A minimum of six continuous months of specialized experience in land rehabilitation, land management, and the use of equipment typically associated with land rehabilitation projects
  • Experience with the use of global position systems (GPS), application of Best Management Practices (BMP) for soil conservation, and erosion control
  • Ability to work under field conditions including rugged terrain, low humidity, and extreme weather
  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds repeatedly and up to 70 pounds occasionally
  • Able to demonstrate a safe work history with heavy equipment
  • The successful candidate must possess a valid driver’s license and a valid California driver’s license within required residency period
  • Experience in a supervisory role
  • Experience operating a motorized grader
  • Experience conducting maintenance on heavy and light equipment
  • Experience implementing safety programs

Preferred Job Qualifications

Preferred qualifications include:

  • 1 year or more experience as a project manager in a supervisory role
  • Knowledge of California native vegetation and plant species
  • Experience with invasive species management
  • Experience in erosion control, planning, designing, and establishing revegetation projects to repair damaged lands, and other land rehabilitation practices
  • Experience with use of a chainsaw and other vegetation management tools
  • Experience in control of CA wildland noxious weeds
  • Prior experience working on military installations
  • Experience operating equipment (i.e. tractors, seed drills, hydroseeders, mulchers, strawmulcher)
  • Specialized heavy equipment certifications

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 Supervision Duty/Responsibility

Supervise hourly and salaried employees daily:

  • Determine daily activities, assign duties, lead discussions as to what needs to be done and how work will be accomplished
  • Train, maintain, and oversee safe equipment use by employees
  • Ensure that all rules and policies are followed.
  • Evaluate work quality, document, and recognize successes and discuss methods of improvement

Percentage Of Time 30% Job Duty Category Land Management Duty/Responsibility

Incumbent will support the overall training mission and the ITAM program at Camp Roberts, California, through Land Rehabilitation Management duties that include:

  • Enhancing the safe use of training ranges and facilities, sustaining the overall training land condition, improving off-road safety and access to training lands and increasing the net use of training lands
  • Improving operational safety and tactical mobility through the use of fuel reduction methods
  • Completing site restoration to include digging, trenching, grading, seeding, watering, clearing dry/dead vegetation, etc.
  • Aiding in the application of dust control measures on maneuver trails and aviation sites, and participate in site cleanup (e.g., removal of class IV materials—old culverts, concertina wire/communication wire, support poles, etc.)

Percentage Of Time 10% Job Duty Category Project Development Duty/Responsibility

  • Develop plans for the execution of rehabilitation projects
  • Develop plans for the safe and timely execution of rehabilitation of projects
  • Work with other project managers and support other CSU projects as necessary to meet the clients expectations and agreement goals

This position records equipment and fuel uses, makes weekly and monthly reports, interacts with vendors regarding purchases, equipment status (needs, repairs, etc.), evaluates employees, reports to directly to the project manager and discusses/coordinates project activities with the ITAM coordinator

Percentage Of Time 10% Job Duty Category Heavy Equipment Operations Duty/Responsibility

Operate/Maintain Light and Heavy Equipment for Land Rehabilitation by:

  • Using various pieces of equipment (e.g., dozer, grader, excavator, hydroseeder/mulcher, aeromulcher, tractor, lawn mower, and chainsaw)
  • Understand and perform the basic preventative maintenance on equipment to include cleaning, greasing, checking and maintaining fluid levels, track tightening, and operational safety
  • Follow maintenance time schedules and understand signals to identify maintenance is necessary
  • Identify the types of equipment needed, locate the equipment, and arrange equipment movement between sites
  • Operation of heavy equipment in the execution of trail maintenance and repair: training land repair, reconfiguration and improvement; vegetation management; and instruction
  • Evaluate work, provide guidance and instruction, and explain why certain measures are taken that improve the longevity of the product/service

Percentage Of Time 30% Job Duty Category Compliance Duty/Responsibility

  • Ensure work location is in compliance with LRAM, safety management and ITAM thorough review of regulations/policies, site checks, and observation for safety and the continuation of the project
  • Responsible for all environmental compliance by the teams, which includes meeting fire code standards at the maintenance yard, ensuring oils, pesticides, lubricants, soil palliatives, and other potentially hazardous materials are stored properly and disposed of as required by the installation

Percentage Of Time 10% Job Duty Category Purchasing Duty/Responsibility

  • Coordinate with ITAM Coordinator for purchase materials/supplies and maintain documentation for items and equipment at multiple locations
  • Coordinate with ITAM Coordinator to assemble documents and remits to college for the development of budgets
  • Subsequent funding is dependent on maintaining records and providing estimates for future agreements. It is this position’s responsibility to ensure documentation requirements are met, that equipment and supplies are used properly to avoid overages, and that future needs are correctly identified and reported. This includes personnel, HE, vehicles, fuel, and personal protective equipment needs and potential costs

Percentage Of Time 10%

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Apply no later than April 15, 2018 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) Please upload any license or certifications you have obtained which pertain to this position in the optional ‘Licenses/Certifications’ slot.
4) References (contact information for professional references including at least one supervisor, references will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates).

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