Research and Monitoring Crew Leader

Updated: 9 days ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO

Posting Details

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Research and Monitoring Crew Leader
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202000045AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Number of Vacancies 1-6
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $33,280 - $39,520
Desired Start Date 03/16/2020
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 01/26/2020
Description of Work Unit

The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University is interdisciplinary with programs of emphasis in forestry, fire science, fire management, natural resource policy/planning, rangeland ecology, and restoration ecology. The Department’s faculty and staff support the Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR) and the University in fulfilling the Land Grant Mission in these programmatic areas. The Department offers undergraduate majors in Forestry, Rangeland Ecology, and Natural Resources Management in addition to master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees, and a Master’s in Natural Resource Stewardship degree. The Warner College is home to five academic departments and several centers and institutes such as the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, the WESTFIRE Research Center, the Colorado State Forest Service, Natural Resource Ecology Lab, the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands and the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. These programs, institutes and centers provide a foundation for research, education and outreach in this field.

Specifically, the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute is a Congressionally-authorized program within the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University with the mission to develop, compile, synthesize, and apply locally-relevant science-based knowledge to achieve forest restoration and wildfire mitigation goals.

Position Summary

The Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at Colorado State University is hiring experienced crew leaders to assist with field data collection and management in support of our research and monitoring field studies. These are full-time positions from April 2020 through September 2020, with potential for extension dependent upon funding. Crews work 10-hour field days, frequently traveling overnight for 4-day trips to lodge near field sites. Benefits include competitive health insurance options and per diem when traveling.
Must drive: driving short and long distances to collect ecological data at remote field sites is part of the required work.

Required Job Qualifications
  • B.S. in Ecology, Forestry, Natural Resource Management, or a related field of study and demonstration of 2+ years of related field experience, or M.S. degree in a related field of study and demonstration of 1+ year of related field experience.
  • Coursework and/or experience measuring trees and forest characteristics, fuels, herbaceous vegetation, and working outdoors.
  • Coursework and experience identifying vascular plants
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • At least one year of leadership experience with demonstrated ability to plan for logistics of field work and train, supervise, schedule, and safely oversee crew members in field data collection.
  • Two or more years of experience implementing diverse ecological, forestry, and fuels field sampling methods, and knowledge of sampling equipment, procedures and QA/QC protocols. Familiarity with sampling methods and procedures implemented on CFRI research and monitoring projects is desirable.
  • Experience safely conducting fieldwork in remote locations, preferably in Colorado or dry western forests, including navigating across arduous terrain with topographic maps, compass, and GPS technology, and ability to work in adverse conditions with frequent travel and unusual schedules. First-aid and CPR certification, wilderness first aid, or similar advanced certification desired.
  • Demonstrated proficiency identifying vascular plants to species both by sight and using dichotomous keys. Experience with Rocky Mountain flora desired.
  • Basic proficiency using spatial databases and remote sensing technology, particularly with ArcGIS software.
  • Experience with data entry and data QA/QC protocols to support ecological and forestry research. Knowledge or ability to learn spreadsheets, databases, and database management techniques desired.
  • High-quality oral and written communication skills with keen attention to detail.
  • Ability to implement inclusion practices for effective communication across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff, and stakeholders outside the university setting.
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 Logistical Planning

Develop daily and weekly data collection plans by studying project maps and documents and communicating with project managers to safely and efficiently meet project goals.

Percentage Of Time 12.5
Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Field Data Collection

Supervise hourly technicians and conduct field data collection through proficient knowledge and application of field safety principles, team skills, orienteering skills, sampling tools, monitoring protocols, and quality assurance techniques to ensure monitoring data is collected safely while maintaining a high standard for quality, productivity, and morale. Locate long term monitoring plots by safely navigating over arduous terrain using maps, compass, GPS, and photographs, often in adverse weather conditions. Collect tree, fuels, and understory vegetation data in southern Rocky Mountain conifer forests using standard protocols. Sampling tools include loggers tapes, prisms, clinometers, hypsometers, densitometers, digital cameras, sampling frames, photoload templates, calipers, and handheld computers. Occasionally communicate with members of partnering agencies and the public to exchange knowledge on topics relating to forest restoration practices, outcomes, and monitoring.

Percentage Of Time 70
Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Laboratory Work

Supervise and conduct biomass processing, plant identification, and maintenance and organization of field gear with effective communication and organization skills to ensure efficiency and data quality.

Percentage Of Time 5
Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Data Management

Support quality assurance, organization, and storage of field data in field and lab settings by using digital data collection devices, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Word, and effectively communicating with project managers.

Percentage Of Time 12.5

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Application materials consist of the following:
Cover letter.
Unofficial Transcripts.
Three professional references. References should include contact information for two previous or current supervisors and one supervisee if applicable.
References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

In your cover letter, clearly state that you are applying for the Crew Leader position.

Please provide a list of any relevant coursework in your resume and briefly describe in your resume and/or cover letter how the courses relate to the position qualifications and duties.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License
Search Contact Kat Morici; [email protected]
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 Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, 201 Administration Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-8004, (970) 491-5312.

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.

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