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Colorado State University Wetland and Invasive Plant Technician - Ft Wainwright, AK in Fort Collins, Colorado

Classification Title Temporary Hourly

Employment Category Temporary

Is this an Hourly position? Yes

Work Hours/Week 0-40

Overtime Eligible? Yes

Position Location Fort Wainwright, AK

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 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 http://www.cemml.colostate.edu/.

Search Contact Email gwen.jacobson@colostate.edu

Position Summary

POSITION Seasonal Wetland and Invasive Plant Technician positions are available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML). These positions are located at Fort Wainwright, Alaska in support of the Natural Resources Program.

LOCATION Work will occur on Fort Wainwright in interior Alaska. Fort Wainwright is located on the east side of Fairbanks, Alaska. Locally, Fort Wainwright encompasses over 900,000 acres, including a main post area of 4,470 acres, 8,825 acres of ranges, and over 890,000 acres of military maneuver areas. Approximately 15,000 people live and work at Fort Wainwright. Fairbanks is the second largest city in Alaska by population and hosts museums, parks, extensive hiking and biking paths, Alaska’s largest university, and numerous outdoor recreational activities. RESPONSIBILITIES The successful candidate will assist with wetland determinations and mapping and invasive plant surveys and control on Army training lands. Identification of wetlands is based on a three-parameter approach involving indicators of hydrophytic vegetation, hydric soil, and wetland hydrology. Conducting wetland determinations includes off-trail hiking to field site locations, identifying plants with field guides and botanical keys, collecting and cataloging plant specimens, digging soil pits, coloring and texturing soils, and describing soil profiles. Additional duties include identifying hydric soil and wetland hydrology indicators, interpreting aerial imagery, and entering and managing data in Microsoft Access and GIS databases. Invasive plant work will involve surveys and manual and chemical control activities. Technicians will also assist with other vegetation and natural resource support duties. Work will occur in remote areas of interior Alaska, requiring technicians to work in inclement weather conditions, navigate to plots with GPS units, camp for extended periods, travel in fixed and rotary wing aircraft, and operate ATVs and 4-wheel drive trucks.

Position Minimum Qualifications

The position requires a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, soil science, botany, biological science, ecology, or a closely related field. Applicants must have prior field data collection experience and be versed in using botanical keys (i.e. Flora of the Yukon Territory) and collecting floristic data. Candidates should be capable of following detailed protocols, working effectively in small groups, and conducting repetitive tasks in an office and field setting. They should be comfortable working outside in cold, wet, and mosquito-infested conditions while hiking for up to 10 hours per day on uneven wet terrain carrying a 30 lb. pack and shovel. U.S. citizenship or legal documentation is required. Applicant must have a valid driver’s license. Out-of-state applicants are encouraged to apply, though they should note that off-duty transportation and relocation costs are not provided.

Preferred Qualifications

Successful applicants will have a working knowledge of northern boreal plant ecology, wetland ecology, hydrology, soil processes, and invasive species management. Applicants should be highly motivated to learn and interact closely with team members, and enjoy field work.

Working Title Wetland and Invasive Plant Technician - Ft Wainwright, AK

Posting Number 202100052T

Department CEMML

Salary Range $18.00 - $22.00/hour

Employee Benefits

Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for temporary employees in the following University benefit areas: https://hr.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/02/benefits-summary-hourly.pdf

Close Date 03/08/2021

Special Instructions to Applicants

The deadline for applications is Monday, March 8, 2021. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. Documents must be sent as Word or PDF files to Gwen Jacobson at Gwen.Jacobson@colostate.edu. To apply for this position, submit the following items in your application package: (1) Cover letter explaining why you are qualified for this position and how you meet the minimum qualifications (2) Resume (3) Copy of college transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable) (4) Names, daytime phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references, at least one being a current or recent supervisor. Incomplete applications or those containing sensitive personal information (i.e. social security or driver license numbers, birthdates) will be removed from consideration. For more information, contact Gwen Jacobson at the above e-mail or by phone at (425) 409-1708

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. 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.

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 (https://oeo.colostate.edu/) is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

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 Job Duties

Job Duty Category Wetland and Invasive Plant determinations, mapping and control

Duty/Responsibility

and control on Army training lands. Identification of wetlands is based on a three-parameter approach involving indicators of hydrophytic vegetation, hydric soil, and wetland hydrology. Conducting wetland determinations includes off-trail hiking to field site locations, identifying plants with field guides and botanical keys, collecting and cataloging plant specimens, digging soil pits, coloring and texturing soils, and describing soil profiles. Additional duties include identifying hydric soil and wetland hydrology indicators, interpreting aerial imagery, and entering and managing data in Microsoft Access and GIS databases. Invasive plant work will involve surveys and manual and chemical control activities. Technicians will also assist with other vegetation and natural resource support duties. Work will occur in remote areas of interior Alaska, requiring technicians to work in inclement weather conditions, navigate to plots with GPS units, camp for extended periods, travel in fixed and rotary wing aircraft, and operate ATVs and 4-wheel drive trucks.

Percentage Of Time 100

Minimum References Required 3

Maximum References Required 3

Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

  • Unofficial Transcripts

    Optional Documents

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