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Natural Resources Management Technicians with Colorado Natural Heritage Program in Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado

Type of position The Colorado Natural Heritage Program is seeking temporary summer field crew technicians to support natural resources management at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (FLFO), Colorado. Resource management staff at FLFO have implemented a noxious weed management plan as part of their overall vegetation management program. The CNHP technicians will work with Park resource managers to plan and implement the weed management and other vegetation management programs.
Employer Colorado Natural Heritage Program
Description of Employer The Colorado Natural Heritage Program is a research unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University.
Location Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado
Description of Location Florissant Fossil Beds NM is a NPS unit located west of Colorado Springs, Colorado in the montane zone of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
Salary $13.85 – $14.91/hour
Benefits Housing is provided as is a vehicle for on site use.
Closing date of competition Until filled
Date position available Start Date is May 22, 2017 through September 22, 2017
Description of duties

Selected applicants will evaluate, monitor, and treat noxious weeds, collect native seed, salvage native plants, and assist in the revegetation of disturbed areas using native plant species. The work will also include the mapping, and monitoring of new populations of weeds, mapping of treated areas, restoration of treated areas, and building data sets for the park’s Pesticide Use Proposal System annual report.


The results of this work will include estimates of noxious weeds status and ecological thresholds and management assessment points. The results are intended to help park staff, scientists and the public understand the dynamics of vegetation, and how noxious plants spread throughout the park.


  1. Work singly or with a crew to identify and safely treat areas of weed infestations.
  2. Use GPS to locate infestation and treatment areas, safely and efficiently access remote sites, and complete field forms
  3. Enter and effectively manage electronic data (databases, spreadsheets, GPS, GIS).
  4. Thoroughly document all fieldwork using field notebooks, survey forms, maps, GPS, and digital tablets and cameras
  5. Identify and collect seed from areas of native vegetation for purposes of reseeding treatment areas.
  6. Prepare and manage areas for reseeding of native species after treatment,
  7. Other vegetation management activities (such as brush clearing), as needed.
Qualifications sought Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree (or significant progress toward degree) in ecosystem sustainability, natural resources, range management, forestry, or related field. Equivalent field experience may be substituted for degree.

  1. Knowledge of natural resources management
  2. Sufficient knowledge of native vegetation and weeds to reliably identify common weed species and desirable native plants of the project area
  3. Desire to work outdoors in various weather conditions during the summer field season
  4. Good physical condition and ability to work long hours in the field, travel by foot off-trail in rough terrain, and work through inclement weather
  5. Careful attention to detail in collecting data
  6. Comfort and familiarity with the use computers and GPS
  7. Experience with weed identification, weed management, or pesticide application
  8. A valid state driver’s license at the start of the project is required.

Additional Desired Qualifications

  1. Pesticide applicator’s license
  2. Familiarity with flora of the Colorado Rocky Mountain montane zone
  3. Experience collecting vegetation and environmental data in the field
Contact for additional information 970-491-7760
Application procedure
Submit what Send resume, cover letter, and three references with phone #’s
Submit to Joe Stevens at js@colostate.edu
Additional Information 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. Investigations may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.
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. 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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