Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
14 May 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Colorado State Forest Service is an agency of Colorado State University, and is housed organizationally, in the Warner College of Natural Resources. The CSFS also staffs the Division of Forestry for the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. The CSFS has field offices throughout the state, organized within 4 Areas with a State Office located in Fort Collins on one of the foothills campuses of CSU.

Individual staff members take the lead on one or more program areas and all staff members are expected to assist each other as needed for successful, efficient and effective delivery of services and programs.

Position Summary

Under the supervision of a Supervisory Forester, the Forester position will be the lead and serve as the representative for one or more of the following program areas:

  • Forest management
  • Forest agriculture
  • Forest stewardship planning
  • Urban and community forestry
  • Wildfire mitigation & fuels treatment
  • State trust land forest management
  • Insect and disease
  • Seasonal crew hiring and oversight
  • Firewise
  • Special projects as assigned
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • Grant program management
  • Outreach & education programs
  • State parks forest management
  • Pile burning on state lands
  • Community/HOA assistance
  • Federal, state, and local government forest management projects

Grant programs this position will administer include but are not limited to: Colorado Forest Restoration, State & Private Forestry, State Fire Assistance, Community Assistance Funding on Adjacent Lands, and other State and Federal grants.

This position will provide professional, science-based assistance to local landowners regarding forest health (insects, disease, and wildfire mitigation), and prepare program related reports. In addition, these positions will also provide assistance to other staff in additional program areas including: Federal land forest management through the Good Neighbor Authority and facilities maintenance.

At times, these positions will develop service agreements with landowners by creating scopes of work, assessing project budgets, resources, and personnel, deciding the technical requirements needed for the agreement, administration of science-based forest management activities and obtaining appropriate signatures. These positions will lead project work teams, train and mentor staff members, develop and manage program and project budgets up to $250,000, create detailed work plans, serve as acting Supervisory Forester as assigned, and participate on agency committees. The position must have a thorough knowledge of silviculture, best management practices, insect and disease identification, pest management, wildfire mitigation and basic wildland fire suppression.

These positions are expected to provide professional services, education and outreach to landowners and cooperators/partners through written and verbal communication. Utilizing feedback from relevant sources to evaluate options and implement solutions is also critical to this position.

Required Job Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree (or greater) upon hire in forestry, another natural resources program or related degree will be considered.
  • A minimum of two years professional forestry experience.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • A Society of American Foresters (SAF) accredited Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
  • Four years of professional forestry experience.
  • Experience giving public presentations.
  • Committed to quality, demonstrated excellent customer service ethic, professionalism and safety.
  • Demonstrated experience with participation on teams, committees and other special assignments, as well as the ability to work independently, be a self-starter with strong negotiation skills.
  • Experience with contracts, agreements, and grant management.
  • Lead program and/or project management experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficient with ArcGIS data management, capable of using ArcMap compatible GIS/GPS units to collect field data and ability to manipulate data in ArcMap.
  • Experience in western United States forest management techniques in the following areas: silviculture; harvesting systems; forest management planning; wildfire hazard mitigation; wildfire suppression; prescribed fire; forest insect and disease detection, prevention, and suppression; urban and community forestry; windbreaks; outreach and education.
  • Basic field forestry experience (cruising, prescription development, timber marking, timber sale and/or contract administration).
  • Demonstrated skills in writing forest management plans, timber sale layout and administration, and budget preparation and administration.
  • Experience with wildfire suppression, preferably in the wildland/urban interface and a current Incident Qualifications Card, or have the ability to obtain one, at the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) qualifications level of Firefighter Type 2 or above.
  • Completion of ATV/and/or UTV Operator safety training.
  • Completion of S-212 Power Saws certification.

Diversity Statement

Demonstrated knowledge of, and relevant ability with culturally diverse communities among potential target and constituent populations.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Administration and Supervision Duty/Responsibility

  • Administration – Coordinating with the Supervisory Forester, this position will assist with budget development and tracking; work planning; professional development training; agency committee participation; grant administration (project inspections, accomplishment tracking, and reporting); agency representation on internal and external teams; and program associated administration. This position is also expected to oversee various service agreements and forest product contracts and be able to develop project scopes-of-work, conduct project inspections and approve project completion.
  • Facilities and Vehicles – Facilities maintenance including snow removal; management of field equipment and district vehicles. Frequent driving of state vehicles in all types of weather and road conditions. May be asked to pull loaded trailers with loaded equipment and may be required to secure DOT driver certifications.
  • Supervision – This position is responsible for the daily oversight and guidance of permanent and seasonal staff.
  • Leadership/Mentoring – provide leadership to permanent staff in the absence of the District Forester and at their direction. Mentor and train seasonal staff and other staff as needed.

Percentage Of Time 20%

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Forest Management Administration and Professional Services Duty/Responsibility

This position provides professional forest management services and science-based forest management information to local federal, state and private landowners and communities in the following general areas:

Forest Planning and Implementation

  • Forest Management Planning – When developing forest management plans, forest product sales, or other management practices, this position is responsible for collecting forest inventory using science-based methodologies, statistically valid timber cruising methods, geographical information systems, and global positioning systems. Inventory data is then analyzed using computer programs such as the Forest Vegetative Simulator (FVS) to develop science-based silviculture recommendations based upon landowner objectives. Inventory collected includes site information, stocking levels, forest condition, stand volume estimates, access and more. Street tree and urban inventories collect similar data. Data is used to develop forest management plans, outline timber harvest plans, develop individual stand prescriptions, determine forest growth capabilities, help determine forest regulation methods (uneven-aged or even-aged management) and aid in communications with the forest landowner. Management planning services can be provided to individual landowners, state land agencies, federal agencies, and communities.
  • Forest Product Sale Development – Based upon forest inventory, established forest management plans and landowner objectives, this position is responsible for determining forest product volume, monetary value and identifying timber sale locations. The positon is responsible for sale layout, boundary marking and, depending on harvest method chosen, individual tree marking based upon tree condition, species, age, and health all within the framework of landowner objectives. To provide these services the position must have a working knowledge of dendrology, silviculture and harvesting methods, inventory standards, local timber markets, insects and disease, stand regeneration and logging equipment.
  • Grant Project Administration – Depending on grant requirements and type (pass-through or non-pass through) this position is responsible for developing service contracts with detailed scopes-of-work, hosting show-me trips, service contract development and coordinating final award with CSU Purchasing staff. Based upon grant specifications, the forester will develop a detailed and specific project plan with the contractor for all non- pass through grant and collect required performance bonds and/or damage deposits. This position is responsible for periodic, often daily, on-site project inspections to ensure contract specifications are being met – this site inspection must be documented and included in the project file. The position will process grant payments based upon specific grant requirements. Finally, the position will be responsible for project close-out.
  • Forest Stewardship Program – Typical activities include forest management (stewardship) plan development for private landowners, partners and agencies; planning, set-up, and administration of forest product sales on private lands; cruising; best management practices (BMPs) implementation to protect watershed and water quality; providing professional assistance to private landowners and local governments; promoting the CSFS Seedling Tree Program and providing assistance on proper planning, planting and care of seedlings; management of Colorado’s Forest Agriculture Program; and other associated forest stewardship duties.
  • Landowner Services – This position is responsible for providing professional expertise to state and private landowners in the following areas:
    • Forest Health – Assist landowners and communities with insect and disease identification and provide control recommendations (chemical and mechanical). Typical activities include providing professional services to state and private landowners on insect and disease monitoring, tree problem diagnosis, tree hazards and recommendations including field surveys, wildfire hazard mitigation grant management. Forest health diagnosis is based upon individual tree and stand level observation, insect and disease sampling, data collection and analysis.
    • Forest Management Planning and Implementation – When requested by the landowner or community, CSFS foresters provide forest inventory, develop forest management plans, and assist with plan implementation.
    • Wildfire Mitigation and Fuels Treatment – Assist landowners by providing the latest science-based information on wildfire mitigation techniques including fuels reduction, fuel breaks, and defensible space and providing information on post- fire effects, Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) development and implementation and associated forest management practices. Accomplishments are often achieved through collaborative partnerships. Fuels treatment/fuels reduction and defensible space projects based upon knowledge of basic wildland fire suppression techniques and understanding of fire behavior prediction models.

Science and Data

  • Data management – collects and analyzes field data used for project planning and implementation, analysis of geospatial data, and agency reporting.
  • Reporting – provides local data collection and data entry for CSFS geospatial reporting systems.
  • Technology transfer – keeps current on new science related forest management and wildfire mitigation.
  • Monitoring – using agency protocol, monitors projects for compliance and effectiveness.

Communications and Communities
Outreach and Communication – The position must have the ability to articulate science-based forest management information to various audiences including private landowners, agency partners, homeowner associations, civic groups, environmental organizations, general publics and elected officials by providing the latest scientific-based information on forest management, forest health, insect and disease control, and wildfire mitigation to individual landowners, homeowner groups and partner organizations. Typical activities include presentations, workshops and outreach related to forest management, silviculture, insects and disease, forest health, forest ecology, urban & community forestry, wildfire mitigation, fire prevention, and other forestry topics. These positions may also provide training to private landowners, partners and agencies. This position is expected to effectively communicate with other local agencies, organizations and landowners.

Percentage Of Time 80%

Special Instructions to Applicants

In your application materials please address how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications, including which locations you are interested in. A complete application includes a cover letter, resume, 3-5 references, and an unofficial transcript.

Please allow at least two to three weeks after the closing date for us to review your application materials and determine those candidates we plan to invite to interview. References will not be contacted without prior notification.

Search Contact

For questions about this position or the application process, please contact Sarah Badding at or 970-491-7293.

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.