Landscape Ecologist / Spatial Analyst – Fort Collins, CO

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 03 Apr 2023

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
Job Category
Full time Positions
$52,800 - $77,000
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Title: Landscape Ecologist / Spatial Analyst - Fort Collins, CO Location: Fort Collins, Colorado Full job description: Full Consideration Application Date: 04/03/2023 Salary Range: $52,800 - $77,000 Position Summary: The Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP) is Colorado’s primary biological conservation information center housed within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. CNHP is a key player in Colorado’s conservation of open lands and maintains the only centralized conservation database in Colorado that includes plants, animals, and natural communities. The staff consists of approximately 30 highly experienced biologists and information managers with expertise in inventory, research, and monitoring of Colorado’s flora, fauna, plant communities, and conservation issues. CNHP serves a wide variety of users including federal, state and local agencies, consultants, environmental groups, non-government organizations, private landowners, and the public. CNHP’s annual revenue is approximately 2 million dollars and is generated from contracts and agreements through CNHP’s partners and clients. CNHP generally works on over 40 conservation projects per year. For more information, please visit: As a service and research Department within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and Colorado’s constituent member of the NatureServe Network of Natural Heritage programs, CNHP offers the ability to collaborate with academic researchers, federal and state agencies, NGOs, and conservation scientists. CNHP offers employees a good work-life balance and supports professional advancement. Founded in 1870, Colorado State University is among the nation’s leading research universities and enrolls approximately 32,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Located an hour north of the Denver metro area, Fort Collins is a vibrant community of approximately 157,000 residents that offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a large city. Fort Collins is situated on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with views of 14,000 foot peaks, and offers access to numerous cultural, recreational, and outdoor opportunities. The Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP) is seeking an experienced landscape ecologist / spatial analyst to help grow our body of work on the conservation of biological diversity across Colorado and the western U.S. We’re looking for someone who is a creative and collaborative problem-solver, able to apply spatial data and analyses to complex conservation challenges. The Landscape Ecologist will provide technical and scientific support for conservation planning projects through spatial data management, analysis, and application. The position will integrate historical, current, and future-projected data, and leverage a variety of coarse- and fine-scale data to address study questions and fill ecological data gaps. The Landscape Ecologist will help CNHP develop and expand remote sensing, modeling, and mapping work in Colorado, maintain and expand professional partnerships and collaborations, communicate results to diverse audiences, adopt the latest methods and technologies in analytical and data visualization frameworks, and help advance ecological knowledge and practice within CNHP and the NatureServe network. The Landscape Ecologist must have a strong background in ecological and/or species distribution modeling to address current and future planning needs and management questions. We are seeking a candidate with a desire to pursue translational ecology by bridging the latest science with on-the-ground ecological conservation, management, and restoration. Prior experience working in ecosystems of Colorado or the western U.S. is desired. The Landscape Ecologist will work with CNHP’s team of multi-disciplinary ecologists, biologists, and conservation planners. The position will be based in Colorado, and will primarily entail office work, with occasional work travel to attend conferences and meetings as well as the potential for field work. This position is flexible on in-person v remote work. Beginning Monday, August 16, 2021, Colorado State University has mandated vaccinations against COVID-19. Faculty and staff are required to submit their vaccine status or declare an exemption. More information about the vaccination mandate can be found on the CSU COVID-19 Information & Resources site here, Employee Benefits: Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas: & Colorado State University conducts background checks on all final candidates. CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer.
Required Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree in ecology, conservation biology, geography/GIS, or related field. • Five years of related professional experience in GIS and landscape-scale spatial analysis (at least two years if candidate has an advanced degree). • Strong quantitative ecological modeling skills, with an emphasis on raster analysis, landscape-scale data development, mapping, remote sensing, and/or spatial modeling, and procedural documentation and metadata. • Fluency in ESRI ArcGIS and other tools (such as R and/or Python) required to efficiently collect, integrate, analyze, and share conservation data. • Experience working with and managing large and diverse datasets. • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse partners across federal, state, private, and NGO sectors to advance shared conservation goals and objectives and solve management challenges. • A commitment to a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and conservation field as a whole. • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, virtually and in-person. • Strong written and oral science communication skills, such as communicating complex conservation topics. • Careful attention to detail and strong organizational and project management skills. • Willingness to travel occasionally to participate in partner meetings and professional meetings and conferences.
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Jessica Horvath

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