Social/Biological/Physical Science Information Program Manager

Colorado State Forest Service

Fort Collins , Colorado

Under the supervision of the Forest Management Division Supervisor, the Social/Biological/Physical Science Information Program Manager will serve as a member of the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) Management Team that ensures work efforts across all program areas are coordinated. This team ensures efficiency, effectiveness, and cohesiveness of program delivery. They work together to address common operational issues, allocate and manage resources to ensure work goals are achieved on time and within budget, and that policy and practices are implemented consistently.

The Social/Biological/Physical Science Information Program Manager will be responsible for administration of a budget ranging from $750,000 to $1 million (spanning multiple years of funding), data management for multi-disciplinary information and geospatial applications.  They will coordinate the conversion of geospatial information, remote sensing imagery, and other science based data sources into GIS databases. They are responsible for the organization and maintenance of resource information, facilitating analysis across multiple science based disciplines including but not limited to silviculture, water, wildlife, and wildland fire. In this role, they will also serve as the professional, science based point of contact and liaison for Federal, State, and local governments and other partners concerned with GIS, GPS, remote sensing and mapping.

Program leadership responsibilities include making recommendations and providing expert advice on the development and application of geospatial analysis processes, protocols and solutions to mission critical resource management issues. They will be asked to develop new and integrate already existing reporting systems to meet agency enterprise needs and local/state/federal requirements. They will manipulate and analyze geospatial data to support resource management decisions for multiple resource, jurisdictional, and ownership units spanning large geographical regions. They will compile natural resource, topographic, and cartographic data for the creation of thematic map products and presentation materials for forest resource management planning, the Forest Action Plan, and other projects supporting natural resource management decision making.

The Social/Biological/Physical Science Information Program Manager will be expected to provide formal and informal training and support to CSFS GIS software users in the development, storage, retrieval and analysis of data, providing advice and recommendations on sources, standards, integrity, compatibility, and cost efficiency of natural resource and socio-economic information.  They will supervise staff, assign work, establish and communicate guidelines and performance requirements; conduct formal performance reviews, and identify developmental and training needs of staff.  The position performs administrative and human resources management functions for staff, providing advice, counsel or instruction on both administrative and work matters. They also assure full compliance with safety and security policies.    

Required Job Qualifications: 

  • A Bachelor's degree (or greater) in geospatial technology (e.g., geographic information systems; remote sensing; web, mobile and global positioning systems), geography, natural resources, or related biological or physical sciences.
  • Four years of experience in the application of geospatial technology in the management of natural resources.
  • Experience with supervising temporary and/or permanent staff.


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