Senior Research and Monitoring Field Technician - Open Pool

Updated: 14 days ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO
Deadline: 31 Dec 2023

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Working Title Senior Research and Monitoring Field Technician - Open Pool
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Work Location Position is fully in-office/in-person
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202300075AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week
Proposed Annual Salary Range $36,657 to $43,680; commensurate with experience
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: & .
Desired Start Date 04/01/2023
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 12/31/2023
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.
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.
Position Summary
The Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at Colorado State University is hiring experienced research and monitoring field technicians to assist with field data collection and management in support of our research and monitoring field studies. These are full-time positions from April through September 2023, with potential for extension dependent upon funding. Senior technicians assist crew leaders working with 2-4 technicians to ensure safe, efficient, and high-quality data collection while operating in backcountry forest landscapes. Crews work 10-hour field days, frequently traveling overnight for 4-day or 8-day trips to lodge near field sites. Benefits include competitive health insurance options and per diem when traveling.
Required Job Qualifications
  • B.S. in Ecology, Forestry, Natural Resource Management, or a related field of study and demonstration of 1+ years of related field 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.
  • Ability to transport a 30+ pound pack while hiking up to 5 miles on rough terrain at 5,000-12,000 feet in elevation.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • One 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 highly 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, working in adverse conditions, and with frequent travel and unusual schedules. First-aid and CPR certification, wilderness first aid, or similar advanced certification desired.
  • Demonstrated proficiency identifying vascular plants. Experience with Rocky Mountain flora desired.
  • Basic proficiency using ArcGIS software to create maps.
  • Experience with data entry and data QA/QC protocols to support ecological and forestry research. Knowledge of Microsoft Excel highly preferred, familiarity with Microsoft Access and R also 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.

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Special Instructions to Applicants
Applications will be accepted on an on-going basis. Required documents to apply:
  • Statement of interest
  • Resume,
  • Unofficial transcript, and
  • Contact information for three references.

In your statement of interest, clearly state that you are applying for the Senior Technician position. Please provide a list of any relevant coursework in your resume and briefly describe in your resume and/or statement of interest how the courses relate to the position qualifications and duties.
References should include contact information for three previous or current supervisors. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
The pool is valid through 12/31/2023. Individuals wishing to be considered beyond this date must reapply.
Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Search Contact Kat Morici
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/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University 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 and equal access institution and 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 Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, .
The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, .
The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, .
Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education .
Background Check Policy Statement
Colorado State University 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 for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also 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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