Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML)
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Range: $33,000 - $37,000.
POSITION Four Prescribed Fire Specialist (Research Associate I Special) positions are available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML). This position is located at Avon Park Air Force Range, Florida.
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 Avon Park Air Force Range is a 106,000-acre training facility utilized by all branches of the military. It is located in south-central Florida, in Polk and Highlands counties east of the city of Avon Park, and is known for its hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, birding, and educational opportunities.
RESPONSIBILITIES Prescribed burning is a pre-planned management action to use fire as a tool to achieve defined land and resource management objectives. The successful candidates will participate in prescribed burns and other wildland fire operations by preparing line, holding line, ignition, control, mop-up, suppression, water transport, and other various duties as assigned. The Prescribed Fire Specialists will carry out specialized assignments such as backfire, burnout and direct attack using mobile and stationary engines and other specialized equipment. Incumbents will operate ATVs, rangers, engines, bulldozers, and farm tractors, and will maintain and complete National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) task books. The position requires work on active military training ranges with potential risk for unexploded ordnance and other related hazards. In addition, regular in-state travel will be required to other Air Force installations to perform similar tasks.
Other duties will include compiling and utilizing environmental and ecological data using Trimble Nomad personal data assistants (PDA) and ArcPad software, collecting data in post burn areas using a PDA, and ensuring that information collected gets turned in to proper personnel to get downloaded into a database. The successful applicants must have knowledge of proper operation of Trimble Nomad and ArcPad and the ability to overcome equipment problems if they occur.
General maintenance of equipment used for prescribed burning and wildfire control is required, as well as general cleaning of vehicles including engines, ATVs, rangers, chainsaws, and other fire equipment. The specialists will follow established guidelines and procedures to ensure all equipment is properly maintained by staff.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS The successful candidates must demonstrate U.S. employment eligibility. CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for these positions. The following qualifications are sought: • Associates degree in natural resource management or closely related field, plus a minimum of two years’ work experience in land/fire management; four years of work experience may be substituted for the degree requirement. • Must have or be able to obtain a driver’s license and a Class B commercial driver’s license. • Must be National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2) certified and be able to pass the arduous pack test within 1 month of employment.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS The following qualifications are desirable: • Experience in the operation and maintenance of heavy equipment in forestry practices. • Experience in the management of southeastern pine forests; experience specific to longleaf pine preferred. • Experience with prescribed fire and wildfire suppression and familiarity with ecosystems and fire regimes of the southeast.
SALARY Continuation of the position is dependent on the receipt of funding from the sponsor for wildland fire management at Avon Park Air Force Range.
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 December 8, 2013, 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) 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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