Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML)
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Range $32,000-$36,000.
A Biological Technician (Research Associate I Special) position is available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML). This position is located at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), California.
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.
LOCATION VAFB is a 100,000-acre installation 55 miles north of Santa Barbara on the central coast of California. The base and its 45 miles of scenic coastline is home to 53 species of mammals, 315 species of birds, 17 species of reptiles, 10 amphibian species and more than 850 plant species. There are 17 federally-listed threatened and endangered species that find refuge on the base.
RESPONSIBILITIES The successful candidate will assist in the implementation of the VAFB Invasive Plant Species Management Plan and will primarily focus on herbicide treatment of invasive plant species throughout the installation. The incumbent will conduct field surveys for exotic/invasive plant species presence and distribution and will conduct treatments on 24 species of invasive plants through the broadcast and spot application of herbicides, biological control, hand pulling, and mechanical cutting. The successful candidate will also conduct assessments of treatment effectiveness, maintain the invasive plant species database and GIS data layers, submit monthly herbicide use reports documenting the areas treated, amount of herbicide active ingredient, etc., and assist in other natural resource management projects such as habitat management, native seed collection, and outplantings of native plants.
QUALIFICATIONS The successful candidate must demonstrate U.S. employment eligibility; CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position. A BA/BS degree in a natural resource management discipline or related applied science is required though four years of relevant experience in natural resource management or invasive species control can substitute for the degree requirement. The successful candidate must have a State of California certification for herbicide application and must have or be able to obtain a valid driverís license. Ability to work outdoors in rough terrain and inclement weather and to lift 50-70 pounds repetitively is required. The ability to identify invasive and native plant species in the central coast region of California and knowledge of herbicides and experience in their application to control invasive plant species are preferred. Prior experience working on federal lands is beneficial. Good oral and written communication skills are desired.
SALARY Continuation of the position is dependent on the receipt of funding from the sponsor for Biological Technician efforts at VAFB.
BENEFITS 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 9% matching. For more information on Administrative Professional benefits, visit http://www.hrs.colostate.edu/benefits/.
Prospective candidates should apply online at https://warnercnr.colostate.edu/jobs/. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered. Apply no later than March 10, 2014, 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:
1) Statement of Qualifications (one page letter addressing each qualification described in announcement) 2) Resume 3) Transcripts (for each degree earned that is listed under qualifications unless announcement specifies that years of experience are allowed to be substituted) 4) Degree Conferral (copy of diploma if transcripts do not include confirmation that degree was awarded) 5) References (contact information for professional references, including at least one supervisor)
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