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Forestry Technician - Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Crew Member

Colorado State Forest Service

Various Locations ,  Colorado

These positions are with the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program. This FIA unit is part of a nationwide US Forest Service program which collects, processes, analyzes, evaluates, and publishes comprehensive information on forest resources. Field-based measurements occur on permanent plots that are located on a systematic grid across public and private ownership. Data collected from these inventories are based on tree measurements, forest health parameters, understory vegetation composition, habitat types, down dead woody material, silvicultural practices, natural disturbances, and land ownership.

The Forestry Technician reports directly to and assists each FIA Crew Leader with ecological field inventories. There is an expectation to work and communicate as a productive and safe team in remote locations. This incumbent will help locate permanent field plots with road navigation, interpreting maps and aerial photos, determining scale of aerial photos, running compass lines, chaining/pacing distances, and using GPS equipment. The incumbent will be responsible for measuring forest inventory variables related to percent ground cover, tree diameters, tree heights, tree vigor, tree status, and fire fuel loading. Duties will also include measurements involving vegetation diversity and soil and erosion data.

To accomplish the fieldwork, the Forest Technicians will need to carry backpacks with 35+ pounds of work and personal gear across steep terrain ranging in elevation from 3,500 to 14,000 feet in potentially inclement weather conditions. In certain circumstances, the incumbent should be comfortable traveling on horseback and ATV. Extensive travel throughout Colorado and Wyoming is expected, requiring frequent stays in hotels and backcountry camping. The typical work schedule is Monday thru Friday, and weekend work may occur.

To Apply:

Please email (preferred and in a PDF format) the application materials to the address below:
1) Cover letter stating interest in this position, ranking preference of duty locations, and addressing one’s skills and experience related to the conditions of employment, position requirements, qualifications, duties and responsibilities. Cover letter should not be longer than 2 pages (one-sided and single-spaced).
2) Professional resume that also includes ranking preference of duty locations. Resume should not be longer than 2 pages (one-sided and single-spaced) and include physical address, phone, and email.
3) Unofficial copy of college transcripts that include cumulative GPA and list of courses completed.
4) A list of 3 professional references that is not longer than one page. Each reference will include full name, professional relationship to applicant, work address, professional affiliation, phone number(s), and email address. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

To submit your application and for questions regarding the position, please contact:

Wilfred Previant
FIA Program Manager
Cell: 970.420.8659 Office: 970.491.5342

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