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Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands

Fort Collins ,  Colorado


The Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) seeks two Ecologists to join a team mapping vegetative communities for the U.S. Army National Guard. Under direction from the Project Supervisor, these positions will provide support to an on-going vegetation mapping project, digitize and interpret aerial imagery, develop maps and feature layers for field deployment, manage and prepare field equipment for data collection, identify flora species and vegetative communities, supervise student technicians in field data collection, and will develop final deliverable maps and technical documents. This is a position that will often require travel to U.S. Army National Guard bases for field data collection. The ecologists will collaborate as part of a team to complete project objectives.


CEMML is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (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 within CSU 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, visit


Spatial data development - Interpret aerial imagery and delineate vegetative communities. Photointerpretation and delineation of vegetative polygons yields distinct vegetative communities that can be field tested and classified following U.S. National Vegetation Classification protocol, and meet project objectives. Ecologists will use a variety of imagery sources to differentiate between vegetative types, and then ground-truth created data to improve accuracy of data.

Prep for field work - Create maps and feature layers for use in field data collection. Maps and feature layers are used to record changes and document relevant attributes during field work, which can then be applied to developed spatial data. Ecologists will create and print physical maps as well as features deployed to mobile devices to prepare for field work.

Travel/Field work - Work as part of a team to travel to sites and collect field data. Travel and field work are essential to collecting data and determining relevant attributes (such as: plant species present, condition, notes, GPS data, and field photos) in order to improve the accuracy of spatial data and classify vegetation. To implement this, individuals will collaborate with team members to determine which data need to be collected, and then will travel to sites. In the field, Ecologists will use GPS devices to navigate to selected sites, identify flora species, determine and record relevant attributes, and collect any additional data that will useful for refining spatial data back in the office.

Develop professional documents - Develop finalized, professional maps and technical reports to be delivered to the sponsor. In order to satisfy the project objectives, technical reports and maps will be created as part of a final deliverable describing the vegetation classification. These final deliverables will reflect the spatial data developed. Ecologists will use field data collected, collaboration with team members, and defined project objectives to develop these professional documents.

Supervision - Supervise student vegetation mapping technicians assisting in vegetation classification. Student technicians will aid in the delineation of vegetative communities, preparation of field data, and field data collection, in order to meet project deadlines. Ecologists will oversee spatial data developed by student technicians to ensure quality is met and protocol id followed. In the field, Ecologists will instruct student technicians in what data to collect, and how to collect it


The successful candidate must be able to walk over uneven terrain in inclement weather. The position may also require bending, climbing, and lifting up to 25 pounds.


  • BS or BA in Ecology, Forestry, Environmental Science, Geography, or related field.
  • Demonstrated two years minimum of related work experience; not including course work.
  • Demonstrated field experience identifying plants to the species level.
  • Demonstrated experience with environmental-related GIS, interpreting aerial imagery, and geospatial technical writing and documentation.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Esri ArcGIS software and Microsoft Office suite.
  • Ability to work outdoors in adverse weather and rugged terrain, including navigating backcountry terrain using topographic/satellite maps and GPS.
  • Demonstrated initiative to resolve issues, a strong attention to detail, superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and with others.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.


  • A candidate with demonstrated experience identifying flora species of the Midwest, Southern U.S., and Northeastern U.S. will be highly valued.
  • Familiarity with the US National Vegetation Classification system is preferred.
  • Prior experience leading a field crew (particularly managing conflict and meeting objectives in often difficult and dynamic settings) is desired.
  • Familiarity with a wide variety of GPS devices and field data collection equipment and software is preferred. In particular, an individual with experience using ERDAS Imagine and Collector for ArcGIS software will be viewed favorably.


Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.


Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.


Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Annual salary range $50,000-54,000. Continuation of the position is dependent on the receipt of funding from the sponsor for Research Associate I efforts at Fort Collins, CO.


Colorado State University offers a generous benefits package including 24 days of paid vacation leave, tuition credits, excellent health insurance (including vision and dental), and retirement plans with 11.5% matching.   For more information on Administrative Professional benefits, visit


Prospective candidates should apply online at Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Apply no later than February 20, 2017, for full consideration. Upload each of the items below individually as a Word Document (.doc), PDF (.pdf), or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Please note that incomplete applications cannot be considered. Please remove social security numbers and birthdates from application materials. A complete application consists of: 

  • Statement of Qualifications (one page letter addressing each qualification described in announcement)
  • Resume
  • Transcripts (for each degree earned that is listed under qualifications)
  • Degree Conferral (copy of diploma if transcripts do not include confirmation that degree was awarded)
  • References (contact information for three professional references including at least one supervisor, references will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates)

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. 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.

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POSITION #: 022365.0001

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