Field Technician

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

The field technician position, located in Avon Park, Florida, will be tasked with a variety of tasks supporting the efforts of the Natural Resources Program by providing support to the Invasive Species Coordinator with their work. Duties may include conducting field surveys, data collection, monitoring, habitat improvement, basic inventory and treatment of invasive flora. This position will be required to conduct pesticide application, mechanical control, use GPS to collect field data, and other tasks as assigned. This position requires the field technician to have or be able to obtain a Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commercial Pesticide Applicators License within 3 months of hire. There may be an opportunity to assist with other Natural Resources staff; for example: wildlife monitoring, rare plant monitoring, archeological surveys, etc.

Required Job Qualifications

  • A BA/BS degree with courses in field biology, field ecology, wildlife biology, or related areas or demonstrated experience specific to the position as described below.
  • Knowledge of exotic invasive plants in Florida and/or the southeast region.
  • A successful candidate must have experience chemically, mechanically, and/or biologically treating exotic invasive plant species.
  • A successful candidate must have experience conducting vegetation surveys and conducting basic inventory of exotic invasive plant species.
  • A successful candidate must have used handsaws, loppers, hand clippers, operated brush cutters, backpack sprayers, gas-powered spray equipment and be able to operate this and other equipment safely and efficiently.
  • A successful candidate must be familiar with handheld data collection devices and Microsoft programs.
  • A successful candidate must be able to walk for long periods of time in inclement weather, strenuous and uncomfortable environmental conditions which can occur in Central Florida.
  • The successful candidate must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • A successful candidate should be able to maintain inventory of equipment and herbicides.
  • At least 1 year of experience in the natural resources field.
  • A pesticide applicators license is beneficial
  • A successful candidate should have experience with data management including collecting, assessing and editing data.
  • A successful candidate should be able to work equally well on an independent basis or as part of a team, be flexible and be able to follow detailed instructions in a structured organization.
  • Experience with ArcGIS, GIS, using maps is beneficial
  • Experience working with the military or similar organization meeting a variety of individual and program needs supporting training and education.
  • The successful candidate should be a self-starter and have the ability to take initiative, work independently and as part of a team, and produce results.

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 Control invasive weeds Duty/Responsibility

Conduct invasive weed control through pesticide application, biological control and mechanical control. Working independently or with minimal supervision conduct pre-determined weed control strategies developed with the Invasive Species Manager. Use critical thinking, deductive reasoning to perform adaptive management strategies for exotic invasive species decision making in the field.

Percentage Of Time 40% Job Duty Category Collect data on invasive species Duty/Responsibility

Conduct field surveys and collect data on invasive species. Methodically survey, collect data and conduct basic inventory of exotic invasive plant species. Use handheld data recorders and appropriate data collection techniques.

Percentage Of Time 35% Job Duty Category Data management Duty/Responsibility

Perform data management including collecting, assessing and editing data. Transfer data from data recorders into Microsoft programs and ArcGIS.

Percentage Of Time 10% Job Duty Category Attend coordination meetings and trainings Duty/Responsibility

Must attend regional meetings, present presentations and represent CSU-CEMML and Avon Park Air Force Range professionally. Must earn CEUs required to maintain FDACS Commercial Applicators license.

Percentage Of Time 10% Job Duty Category Supervision of temporary employees Duty/Responsibility

Train, perform crew lead duties and manage new staff, volunteers and other visiting personnel.

Percentage Of Time 5%

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Apply no later than April 16, 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. Transcripts (for each degree earned that is listed under qualifications) uploaded in the ‘Official Transcripts’ or ‘Unofficial Transcripts’ slot.
  4. Degree Conferral (copy of diploma if transcripts do not include confirmation that degree was awarded) uploaded in the ‘Other’ slot.
  5. Please upload any license or certifications you have obtained which pertain to this position in the optional ‘Licenses/Certifications’ slot

References – please include within your application contact information for 3 professional references including at least one supervisor. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Search Contact Sabrina Broderick,

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.