Research Associate II

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO, United States 🇺🇸

Working TitleResearch Associate II
Research Professional PositionNo
Posting Number201700115AP
Position TypeAdmin Professional/Research Professional
Number of Vacancies 
Work Hours/Week40
Proposed Annual Salary Range$45,000- $48,000
Desired Start Date04/01/2017
Open Until FilledYes
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on02/27/2017
Description of Work Unit

The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University is interdisciplinary with programs of emphasis in forestry, fire science, fire management, natural resource policy/planning, rangeland ecology, and restoration ecology. The Department’s faculty and staff support the Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR) and the University in fulfilling the Land Grant Mission in these programmatic areas. The Department offers undergraduate majors in Forestry, Rangeland Ecology, and Natural Resources Management in addition to master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees, and a Master’s in Natural Resource Stewardship degree. The Warner College is home to five academic departments and several centers and institutes such as the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, the WESTFIRE Research Center, the Colorado State Forest Service, Natural Resource Ecology Lab, the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands and the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. These programs, institutes and centers provide a foundation for research, education and outreach in this field.

Position Summary

This position will focus on several research and outreach projects based out of the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, with responsibilities encompassing experimental design, implementation, evaluation, data collection protocols and data management, preparation of publications and presentations, and professional training workshop design and delivery. There will be a strong emphasis on communication of climate change adaptation and natural resource management principles to a broad professional community. The position may include some supervisory responsibilities.

Required Job Qualifications

• Master’s degree in Forestry, Natural Resources, or closely related field by the anticipated start date.
• Possession of a valid driver’s license by start of employment and ability to meet Colorado State University’s vehicle use requirements

Preferred Job Qualifications

• Experience conducting ecological field research in forested ecosystems
• Experience and knowledge of forest management and/or the NEPA process
• Demonstrated plant identification skills, and experience working in forests of North America
• Evidence of scientific and technical writing
• Demonstrated interpersonal, oral presentation, and written communication skills in natural resource topics to diverse groups of both technical and non-technical audiences
• Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, and manage multiple work projects and types of activities with attention to detail and within project deadlines
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff, and stakeholders outside the university setting
• Experience with web page design and/or publication software
• Experience with data management, database applications, and statistical analysis of ecological datasets
• Demonstrated conflict management, problem solving and strategic management 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 CategoryResearch

• Work effectively with research and management partners on climate change and forest management related research and outreach projects
• Lead efforts, in collaboration with faculty and other scientists, that address specific topics that may range from broad-scale climate vulnerability assessment, incorporating climate change into the planning process, and development of silvicultural prescriptions for adaptation
• Collaborate with scientists in developing and implementing field studies, including study design, data collection, analysis, synthesis, and reporting of data including peer reviewed publications
• Assist scientists with publications and presentation of research findings at professional meetings

Percentage Of Time60
Job Duty CategoryOutreach

• Work effectively with research and management partners on climate change and forest management related research and outreach projects
• Work effectively with faculty and scientists to synthesize and communicate research information and results into non-technical language for a variety of audiences
• Design, organize, and assist in delivering and/or facilitating a variety of workshops, trainings, and/or courses where research is translated to multiple stakeholder groups

Percentage Of Time40

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, submit a current resume/CV, a statement of interest that addresses how you meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications for this position, and the names and contacts for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Anticipated start date of April 1, 2017.

Conditions of EmploymentPre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Search ContactLinda Nagel
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.