Research Associate I - Open Pool

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO

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Working Title Research Associate I - Open Pool
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 201801130AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week
Proposed Annual Salary Range $30,000 - $43,000
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 12/31/2019
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 several temporary full time staff positions to assist with field data collection and supporting our research and monitoring field studies. The term of the position(s) are seasonal and of variable length, typically May through October 2019, with potential for extension dependent upon funding. Specific positions will be hired from this general pool announcement periodically as funding and work needs require throughout the field season, ranging in responsibility levels from field crew technicians to assistant crew leaders and crew leaders. The position duties vary, but are typically 65 to 85% conducting and/or leading fieldwork and 15-35% project management, coordination, and supervision of field crew technicians. These positions are focused on supporting our field data collection efforts, but there are ample opportunities to grow and work on diverse tasks at the interface of research and management to achieve all facets of the CFRI mission. In your application materials, 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.

Required Job Qualifications
  • B.S. in Ecology, Forestry, Natural Resource Management, or a related field of study and 1+ years of experience, or M.S. degree in a related field of study.
  • Coursework and/or experience measuring trees and forest characteristics, fuels, herbaceous vegetation, and working outdoors.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Ability to plan for and manage field crews and the logistics of fieldwork.
  • Experience safely conducting fieldwork in remote locations, preferably in Colorado or dry western forests, and ability to work unusual schedules with frequent travel.
  • Experience and/or ability to train, supervise, schedule, and safely oversee crew members in field data collection.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in plant identification and experience with Rocky Mountain flora.
  • Basic proficiency using spatial databases and remote sensing technology, particularly GPS navigation and 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.
  • First-aid and CPR certification, wilderness first aid or similar advanced certification desired.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively 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.

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

This pool will expire December 31, 2019. Individuals wishing to be considered beyond this date must reapply.
Required documents to apply: Statement of Interest, Resume, and contact information for three references. Please be sure to provide a list of any relevant coursework in your resume, cover letter or in a separate, optional document uploaded in the ‘Other’ slot and briefly describe how the courses relate to the position qualifications and duties.
References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Search Contact Emma Williams;
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