Watershed Program Specialist

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
30 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
24 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Colorado State Forest Service is an agency of Colorado State University, Colorado’s land grant institution of higher education, 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 18 field units throughout the state, with a State Office located in Fort Collins on one of the foothills campuses of CSU.

The Forest Planning and Implementation Division of the Colorado State Forest Service provides administration and oversight of forest management programs that directly contribute to the agency’s mission of “the stewardship of Colorado’s diverse forest environments for the benefit of present and future generations”. The Watershed Program Specialist is a sub-staff of the Forest Planning and Implementation Division of the Colorado State Forest Service. The administration of watershed programs is carried out under the supervision of the Manager of Fire, Fuels, and Watershed.

Position Summary

Under the direct supervision of the Manager of Fire, Fuels, and Watershed, the Program Specialist is responsible for the oversight and administration of programs supporting the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) watershed activities in Colorado. Specifically, this position will be responsible for program administration, relationship development, professional forestry functions, and science-based forest management and watershed expertise.

The incumbent represents the CSFS on various watershed collaboratives focused on improving forest health and resiliency in critical watersheds. This position will be engaged in strategic planning in cross-boundary partnerships in critical watersheds throughout Colorado. This position will be responsible for developing and administering agreements with water providers statewide.

The Program Specialist will identify collaboratives at the local, state, and federal levels throughout the State and assess when the CSFS should invest their resources. The incumbent will leverage funds with partners to increase the scale of treatments in critical watersheds.

Required Job Qualifications

• A bachelor’s degree (or greater) in forestry, another natural resources program, or a related degree will be considered.
• Four years of forestry and/or watershed management 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

Forest Management Skills:

• Advanced knowledge of Forest Management with basic knowledge of Western United States Forests, Western watershed issues, and major forest health disturbances.
• Knowledge of post-fire impacts to watersheds and effective rehabilitation treatments.
• Knowledge of the National Wildland Fire Cohesive Strategy concepts.
• Experience with Western watershed collaboratives on the local and state levels.

Program Planning and Administration:

• Experience with program planning and administration including:
o effectively documenting accomplishments, record-keeping, developing annual reports;
o budget management; and
o developing annual program of work, and strategic planning.
• Experience with writing, reviewing, and managing various forestry related grants.
• Development and administration of contacts and agreements.
• Strong organizational, multitasking, planning and prioritizing skills.
• Experience with and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and advance outcomes with internal staff and external partners, cooperators and teams.
• Experience working in and maintaining a safe working environment
• Demonstrated excellent customer service ethic and professionalism.


• Experience in organizing, developing and delivering public presentations.
• Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
• Experience communicating effectively with federal, state, local agencies and non-governmental organizations.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and at a high level of proficiency.
• Demonstrated ability to collaborate with and foster local, state, federal partner support for forest management on non-federal lands.
• Ability to build strong working relationships with communities, other agencies, non-profit groups, partners and stakeholders.
• Strong interpersonal skills including demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects in a collaborative team environment, resolve conflicts, and negotiate with multiple workgroups or organizations.

Diversity Statement

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

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, please apply by July 24, 2018, 11:59 pm (MT). A complete application includes a cover letter, resume, 3-5 professional references, and college transcripts. Please address how you meet the required and desired qualifications in your application materials. 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. If you are not selected for an interview, we will send you notification when the process is complete. Should you be invited to an in-person interview, the Colorado State Forest Service will cover all reasonable travel expenses per candidate. At the time of on-campus interviews, application materials of finalist candidates will be made available to Forest Service and other relevant constituents. References will not be contacted without prior notification.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License - 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., Travel - Irregular work hours and periodic long days, evening and weekend service, occasional off-site and periodic overnight travel. , Special Requirements/Other - Outdoor work will occur with periodic field visits to interact with CSFS staff and collaborators, document accomplishments and understand area priorities. Search Contact For questions about this position or the application process, please contact Sarah Badding at Sarah.Badding@colostate.edu 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.