Land Condition Assessment Specialist

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
21 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
19 May 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


Fort Huachuca is a United States Army installation located in Cochise County, in southeast Arizona, about 15 miles north of the border with Mexico and at the northern end of the Huachuca Mountains, next to the town of Sierra Vista

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Position Summary

A Land Condition Assessment Specialist (Research Associate I) position is available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands. This position is located at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Incumbent will support the Range Training and Land Assessment (RTLA) component of the Integrated Training Area Management (ITAM) program by collecting data, monitor natural resources and land repair, create maps, conduct assessments, track progress and other assigned duties.

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 qualifications include the following:

  • BS/BA degree in natural resources management or closely related field of applied ecology
  • At least one year of field experience
  • Working experience with Geographical Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies
  • Experience with ArcGIS/MAP
  • Experience with 4-wheel drive vehicles
  • Ability to work outdoors in adverse weather and on rugged terrain
  • Must be able to comply with all applicable regulations to obtain a Common Access Card (CAC). Candidates are required at a minimum to complete a NACI/SF85 and successfully pass a federal background check.
  • Must have or be able to obtain a valid driver license by the start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Preferred qualifications include the following:

  • Experience working on public lands with land management and regulatory agencies
  • Knowledge of common Arizona non-invasive and invasive species
  • Working knowledge and experience with the military or related work experience with state or federal agency
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access database

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 Project Management Duty/Responsibility

  • Manage the RTLA component of the Integrated Training Area Management (ITAM) program at Fort Huachuca by monitoring natural resources, assessing damage, and evaluating land repair
  • Coordinate activities with the Range Manager and the Fort Huachuca ITAM Coordinator
  • Implement the RTLA program by following directives outlined in Army Regulation 350-19 the Army Sustainable Range Program
  • Coordinate with military training schedule and environmental programs

Percentage Of Time 45 Job Duty Category Landscape Management Data Collection / Subject Matter Expert (SME) Duty/Responsibility

  • Manage and monitor objectives as stated in the installation’s RTLA protocol
  • Use approved monitoring protocols
  • Execute established projects
  • Determine the effectiveness of Land Rehabilitation and Management projects
  • Create maps that depict the availability, suitability, accessibility, and capacity of training lands
  • Conduct internal encroachment assessments to assist with various installation plans
  • Review installation plans
  • Work with GIS and GPS and differential correction

Percentage Of Time 45 Job Duty Category Reporting Duty/Responsibility

  • Track project development in monthly reports
  • Identify program funding needs and manage project funding
  • Prepare project reports

Percentage Of Time 10

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.
    • Positions requiring a degree or if using education as a substitution for work experience (e.g.: Associate or Bachelor’s) transcripts are required in order to verify receipt of the required degree or coursework. If official or unofficial transcripts are not supplied at the time of application, the Application is incomplete.


  • When a resume is listed as a required document, it may be used in the comparative analysis/ evaluation process to determine the candidates that most closely meet the qualifications of the position. This process occurs after an application has passed the minimum qualifications screening.
  • Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application; however, some positions may still require a resume as a component for complete application materials.
    **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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  • All other inquiries should be directed to the Colorado State University Human Resources Office (970) 491- MyHR(6947).

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.