Field Biologist, Invasive Species, Guam

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
14 May 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Jun 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
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

Positions will act on a Biosecurity team to conduct field data collection, and control invasive species and provide interdiction on the islands in support of US Navy Joint Region Marianas, located at Guam.

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.

Required Job Qualifications

A BS degree in Botany, Biology, Ecology or closely related field. Two years of experience in managing natural resources. Prior experience conducting field work, invasive species management. Must have database management experience within MS Access and competency in ArcGIS. General knowledge of herbicide use, weed control techniques and vegetation monitoring techniques required.

Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.

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.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Experience monitoring and controlling browntree snakes and other reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, arthropods, gastropods and weeds. Knowledge of military training and the effects on soils, vegetation, and wildlife. Knowledge of the federal environmental regulations. Experience with GPS and ArcGIS. Understanding of how to leverage VBA in Excel and Access is a plus.

Prior experience working on a military installation. Excellent oral and written communication skills, as evidenced by prior experience documenting field notes. Experience obtaining local and federal permits for field work.

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/project execution Duty/Responsibility

Conduct baseline survey monitoring of invasive species within the Joint Region Marianas, documenting population vigor and habitat conditions, focused on reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, arthropods, gastropods and weeds. Research, recommend and make establish methods for invasive species eradication and measures to reduce the probability of species becoming established. Use experience and knowledge to establish procedures and strategy for protecting existing habitat and eliminating transfer or threat of invasive species to the Pacific region. Invasive species pose a constant and costly threat and research outcomes have significant implications to ecosystems, biodiversity, economies, climate change adaptation and natural resource conservation.

Percentage Of Time 40% Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Data Management Duty/Responsibility

Document findings and prepare field notes. Enter and manage all data within MS Access. Use forms, reports and queries to summarize field data for annual/monthly reports. Create Access forms for all team members to use for data entry.

Percentage Of Time 10% Essential Duties

Job Duty Category GIS and mapping Duty/Responsibility

Gather GIS data of survey tracks and polygons of surveyed areas. Use Trimble units and Pathfinder Office software to collect data and transfer to ArcGIS and MS Access. Use ArcGIS to create maps that detail sampling design and results of each sampling site.

Percentage Of Time 10% Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Reports and Procedure Development Duty/Responsibility

Communicate, coordinate and participate with other agencies to reach the desired outcome of a better protected region. Develop specific details for action items determined to be warranted and feasible. Develop long-term monitoring protocols and Standard Operating Procedures to minimize spread of invasive species in support of a Regional Biosecurity Plan.

Percentage Of Time 30% Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Biosecurity Duty/Responsibility

Provide rapid response to biosecurity issues.

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 May 27, 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.