Project Manager

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Working Title
Project Manager

Research Professional Position

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Position Type
Admin Professional/Research Professional

Work Hours/Week

Proposed Annual Salary Range

Desired Start Date

Open Until Filled

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on

Description of Work Unit

The Ecosystem Science & Sustainability Department is a teaching and research unit of Colorado State University. Faculty include ecologists, watershed scientists, and programmers that teach ecology and watershed science as well as conduct research on international and national issues of ecology and watershed science. The department is one of five academic departments in the Warner College of Natural Resources.

Position Summary

Project manager for a NASA-funded citizen science project on intermittent streams. Manager will organize workshops to recruit citizen scientists, develop and maintain citizen science database, install and maintain streamflow sensors, and assist with GIS and remote sensing data collection and processing.

Required Job Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in watershed science, geography, or similar area
Related field work experience
Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Master’s degree in a related field
Experience with installing and maintaining streamflow sensors
Experience working with GPS
Skills with geospatial data processing including ArcGIS, watershed delineation, and Landsat data
Strong interpersonal skills
Strong written and oral communication skills

Diversity Statement

•Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category
Citizen science data portal


Assist with developing and maintaining data portal. Design online data entry site through Evaluate user requests for participation, and approve sites uploaded by participants. Regularly check uploaded data for quality and train research assistants to aid with data quality checks. This is the second of three main portions of the project, which requires a data portal for citizen scientists to enter stream flow information.

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Sensor network maintenance


Coordinate installation and maintenance of stream flow sensors. Select new field locations for field sensors using geospatial analysis and field review. Order and prepare equipment for field installation. Organize field crews to conduct field visits for sensor installation and maintenance. Download data, check for quality, and archive data on network server. This is one of three main portions of the project, which requires a network of sensors to monitor stream stage.

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Job Duty Category


Recruit participants and communicate with network. Organize annual workshop to recruit citizen scientists. Contact partners, select meeting venue, develop agenda, compile meeting materials. Contribute to writing newsletter articles and collecting photos and other images for newsletters. Identify partners for joining the network, and add these to an outreach list for newsletter distribution. Project success requires a large and engaged network of citizen scientists.

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Job Duty Category
Data management


Keep database updated and organized. Checks data from sensors, remote sensing, and citizen scientists for quality. Archives raw data and quality-checked data in a server location. Writes metadata documents to describe each dataset. The database is the scientific resource being created through this project, and it must be well-maintained to be useable.

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Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please include cover letter, resume and list of three professional references.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

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EEO Statement

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 and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. 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.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.