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Vegetation Surveys and Land Monitoring Assessment Technicians

Colorado State University
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Vegetation Surveys and Land Monitoring Assessment Technicians Temporary Hourly Alaska POSITION Several Vegetation Survey and Land Monitoring Assessment Technician (Temporary Hourly) positions are available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML). These positions are located in Alaska at Donnelly Training Area, Fort Wainwright, and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Positions will last 3 to 4 months, depending on funding. ORGANIZATION 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 LOCATION Donnelly Training Area is located south of Delta Junction, Alaska, which is located approximately 100 miles southeast of Fairbanks. Delta Junction is a small town that provides access to excellent recreation and wildlife opportunities such as fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, and much more. The town has incredible views, with access to the Alaska Range and the Delta, Tanana, and Clearwater rivers. Delta Junction has basic services such as groceries, library, and a medical clinic. For further information, visit Fort Wainwright is located on the east side of Fairbanks, Alaska. 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. Fairbanks is the second largest city in Alaska by population and hosts movie theaters, museums, parks, extensive hiking and biking paths, Alaska’s largest university, and numerous outdoor recreational activities. In October 2010, the Air Force's Elmendorf Air Force Base and the Army's Fort Richardson joined to become Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER). The installation is over 84,000 acres, stretching from northern Anchorage to Palmer, Alaska. JBER is located near Anchorage, Alaska, which has a population of nearly 300,000, and provides all of the expected urban amenities. JBER's proximity to Anchorage provides access to excellent recreation and wildlife opportunities. For more information about Anchorage, visit


Field crews of two will be hired to conduct vegetation sampling and monitoring efforts in support of the Range and Training Land Assessment component of the Integrated Training Area Management Program at each of the three Army posts in Alaska. Field crews will be responsible for collecting data on ground cover, plant species composition, forest inventory, disturbance and degradation, training area hazards, and land use patterns. Employees will gain valuable experience with natural resources sampling techniques and equipment, plant taxonomy and identification, flora of Alaska and ecological relationships and extensive experience with GPS, and map and compass navigation. Field crews may also assist with other natural resource projects as needed. Overnight camping trips and travel by small aircraft, all-terrain vehicles, and/or river boat may be required to access remote sites. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS The ability to walk long distances in adverse terrain and weather conditions is required. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS The successful candidate must demonstrate U.S. employment eligibility; CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position. The successful candidate must have or be able to obtain valid driving license. BS/BA in ecology, natural resource management, botany, forestry or related field is required with course work and/or experience with plant taxonomy and natural resource sampling and monitoring techniques. Applicants must have some experience navigating with maps, compasses, and GPS. The ability to work well with others is essential.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS Familiarity with Alaskan vegetation and ecology is preferred. Experience with ArcGIS and Microsoft Excel and Access is a plus.

HOUSING AND DURATION Housing is not provided, however, rental housing is available in the adjacent communities. Travel expenses to Alaska will not be paid. Positions will be approximately 3-4 months starting in May or June. Data management and analysis work may be available in the fall; employment will not exceed nine months.

BACKGROUND CHECK 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.February 27th 2017. For more information about this position, contact Josh Carlson at 907-384-1015 or email at 

How to Apply:

To apply, please e-mail the following: (1) A cover letter of application to include order of preferred work locations. (2) Resume (3) Unofficial copy of college transcripts (please remove sensitive personal information such as social security number or date of birth) (4) Name and daytime phone number for three references including one current or former supervisor to: Josh Carlson All materials must be received by February 27th 2017.