Open Pool - CEMML's Early-career Development Program - Various Locations

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Working Title Open Pool - CEMML's Early-career Development Program - Various Locations
Position Location Various locations
Work Location Position qualifies for hybrid/in-office work
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202301971AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week
Proposed Annual Salary Range $37,000 to $60,000
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Description of Work Unit
CEMML is a research, education, and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at CSU. CEMML applies the latest and most appropriate science to promote the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on the 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 other CSU departments 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, please visit
Position Summary
  • Interested in learning more about conserving the incredible natural and cultural resources found on our nation’s military lands?
  • Looking to gain hands-on experience in fish and wildlife ecology, vegetation and habitat monitoring and management, restoration, archaeology, public history, archival research, environmental compliance, carbon accounting, natural and cultural resources planning, or Geographic Information Systems (GIS)?
  • Want to earn college credits (and dollars!) while living in unique areas close to military bases?

Paid, temporary seasonal natural and cultural resource management, environmental compliance, and GIS positions (Temporary Technical Support I) are available with Colorado State University’s (CSU) Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) at military installations throughout the United States and at CSUs main campus. These positions include internships, mentorships, and early career opportunities through CEMML’s Early-career Development Program (ECDP). Military affiliation is not required to apply for these positions.
If you are a student, recent graduate, or early-career professional who is interested in learning more about federal land management, these positions are the perfect opportunity to build connections and gain hands-on experience that will help you excel in the field of natural or cultural resources management, environmental compliance, and GIS. Working under the guidance of seasoned Resource Managers and Specialists, you will get firsthand experience in many of the practical applications of environmental management.
The positions, duration, and the associated projects vary by location. Each position is intended to provide a set of unique projects and tasks that will help students and recent graduates gain a better understanding of the roles of environmental staff and the methods they use to directly support their environments. Through these different positions, successful technicians will have the opportunity to expand their skills in the following disciplines, including but not limited to:
Natural Resources Management
  • Flora and fauna inventory
  • Invasive species monitoring and management
  • Threatened and endangered species monitoring
  • Habitat restoration
  • Erosion mitigation
  • Forest inventory timber cruise
  • Prescribed fire and wildland firefighting
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Community outreach, volunteer coordination, and public education
  • Field-data collection, entry, and management using GPS, ArcGIS, and Excel

Cultural Resources Management
  • Historical and archival research
  • National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) compliance
  • Archaeological inventory and assessment
  • Historic property evaluation and monitoring
  • Cultural resource identification
  • GPS data collection and GIS mapping
  • Osteological identification and analysis
  • State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) correspondence and documentation
  • Writing and editing technical reports
  • Cultural resource management planning

Environmental Compliance and Resource Planning
  • Compliance document preparation in support of regulations such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Sikes Act, and more.
  • Resource condition assessments and project/action impact analysis
  • Perform wetland delineations.
  • Review and contribute to compliance renewal applications and permit packages.
  • Conduct site inspections and monitor systems for compliance.
  • Update and maintain management plans such as Integrated Natural or Cultural Resource Management Plans, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans, Storm Water Management Plans, and Hazardous Waste Management Plans.
  • Develop Best Management Practices and Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Performing carbon assessments and determining carbon sequestration potential of natural ecosystems.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Cartography
  • Spatial data collection, including post-processing, development, and standardization
  • Spatial analysis and spatial modeling
  • Script and tool development using python, SQL, ETL, or ArcGIS Model Builder
  • Survey123, ArcGIS Field Maps, Avenza Maps, or other data form development

If you are interested in learning more, visit to view which positions are currently open, and apply through the open pool. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for more than one position. New opportunities will be posted as they become available, so be sure to check in often to see when new positions are posted.
Work location is dependent on the needs of the partner/project/role. In some instances, positions may require staff to be fully in-person. In other instances, hybrid or remote arrangements may be possible.
Required Job Qualifications
  • Must have an interest in pursuing a career in federal lands management.
  • Must be physically capable of working independently in outdoor locations under varying weather conditions.
  • Pursuing (or have) a B.S. in natural resources-, cultural resources-, ecosystem science-, or environmental policy-related field (at least a sophomore standing).
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite and/or Adobe Creative Suite software.
  • Must be able to pass a federal background investigation to obtain a Department of Defense Installation Access Pass.
  • 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 legally authorized to work in the U.S. by proposed start date; CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.
Preferred Job Qualifications
In your Statement of Qualifications, please discuss your experience regarding the preferred qualifications listed below and add any other qualifications you believe are relevant to this position.
Natural Resources Management
  • Currently enrolled or holder of a Graduate Degree in natural resources-, biology-, or environmental science-related fields.
  • Experience collecting field data and entering data in paper or digital forms.
  • Experience using GPS equipment to collect field data.
  • Experience flora and/or fauna monitoring or management (specify taxa/ecosystem/regions of prior experience).
  • Experience performing habitat restoration or invasive species management.
  • Experience in the operation and maintenance of heavy equipment in wildland fire and forestry practices and/or ability to meet requirements for the NWCG standards for Fire Fighter Type 2, which includes an annual pack test at arduous level and fire line refresher (maintained annually).
  • Experience with manual labor using powered tools and heavy equipment such as chainsaws, weed-eaters, mowers, tractors, ATVs/UTVs etc.
  • Training and experience using GIS software.

Cultural Resources Management
  • Currently enrolled or holder of a Graduate Degree in archaeology-, history-, anthropology-, historic preservation-, or cultural resources-related field.
  • Experience conducting research and compiling background information.
  • Experience organizing and planning historical/archival/archaeological research projects
  • Experience inventorying and assessing cultural properties in accordance with Section 106 of the NHPA.
  • Prior experience photographing archaeological sites/properties or historic buildings and structures.
  • Experience using GPS equipment to collect field data and/or familiarity with GIS.

Environmental Compliance and Resource Planning
  • Currently enrolled or holder of a Graduate Degree in natural resources-, environmental policy-, environmental compliance-, chemistry-toxicology-, or ecosystem science-related fields.
  • Familiar with basic principles related to regulations such as NEPA, ESA, CWA, and/or RCRA.
  • Knowledge of resource types often considered in environmental impact analysis (e.g., air quality; water, geological, cultural, and biological resources; land use; noise, infrastructure; public health and safety; hazardous materials and wastes; socioeconomics; and environmental justice).
  • Experience interpreting and concisely summarizing complex information into reports or compliance documents such as environmental assessments, biological assessments, management plans, best management practices, or similar multidisciplinary compliance documents.
  • Experience performing environmental audits and inspections and writing technical inspection reports.
  • Experience developing and presenting educational materials and presentations in support of environmental public outreach programs.
  • Experience reviewing permits for compliance and determining appropriate enforcement actions, and/or preparing permit renewal packages.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Currently enrolled or holder of a Graduate Degree in natural resources management, environmental science, geography, geographic information systems (GIS), history, anthropology, or computer science, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated training and experience using GIS software, database management software, global positioning system technology, and geospatial technical writing and documentation.
  • Managing spatial data in geodatabases or Microsoft Access databases.
  • Knowledge and experience developing web applications including geo-portal data maintenance, ArcGIS Online or story maps.
  • Knowledge and experience with automation processes such as ETL tools, python scripting, R, and/or SQL.
Diversity Statement
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Apply at: . Mailed or emailed applications will not be accepted.
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 birth dates from application materials. A complete application consists of:
  • Statement of Qualifications (one-page letter addressing each qualification described in the announcement) uploaded in the ‘Cover Letter’ slot); please note the installation and position(s) are you applying for
  • Resume
  • Transcripts uploaded in the ‘Official Transcripts’ or ‘Unofficial Transcripts’ slot.
  • References – please include within your application contact information for 3 professional references including at least one supervisor.

  • This pool is valid through October 30, 2024, at which time the pool will expire. Applicants wishing to remain in the pool must reapply.
    When a position becomes available for the type and region that you have chosen, your application materials will be reviewed by the search committee. If your application is chosen to move forward, a search committee member will reach out to you to provide more information about the location and to invite you to interview (by telephone or video chat).
    If you wish to withdraw your application from the Open Pool, you can do so at any time at .
    CSU is committed to full inclusion of qualified individuals. If you are needing assistance or accommodations with the search process, please reach out to the listed search contact.
    References will not be contacted without prior notification to candidates.

    Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
    Search Contact Jennie Anderson ([email protected])
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