A Genetic Conservation and Outplanting Section Leader (GOSL) (Research Associate II Special) position is available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands. This position is located at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii.
The GOSL plans and implements natural resource management actions in the greenhouse and field, including seed collection, propagule banking, propagation of common and federally-listed plant species, and outplanting of federally-listed plant species, as well as habitat improvement utilizing common native species.
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 http://www.cemml.colostate.edu/.
The position location is Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii.
Project Planning, Management and Coordination
• Assist in training and motivating field staff in field techniques and duties, data entry, and equipment use and maintenance.
• Schedule and direct personnel in the office, greenhouse, and field to achieve program goals.
• Coordinate team members to ensure all required data, maps, equipment, supplies, and vehicles are available and prepared for the field day.
• Implement established safety regulations and provide feedback to develop any emergent policies.
• Flexible in assignments as well as work schedule. Meet with staff to coordinate activities and solicit input on project plans and schedules
Implement and Direct Field and Greenhouse Operations
• Conduct and direct staff in the field towards meeting seed collection targets for each species federally-listed plant species and common native species.
• Conduct or coordinate seed storage and viability trials.
• Conduct and direct staff in the propagation and outplanting of federally-listed plant species and common native species.
• Conduct and direct staff in monitoring and maintaining plants at outplating sites.
• Maintain ex situ collections of genetic material for each of the federally-listed plant species.
• Conduct and direct staff in maintaining the greenhouse, interpretive garden, and living collections.
• Field work in high hazard areas to include live-fire impact area when escorted by Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel or like contractor.
Data Collection, Data Management and Analysis
• Input data and conduct quality control of data entered by staff. Analyze and report data in the form of monthly quarterly, annual, or biennial reports. Prepare and edit protocols and standard operating procedures.
• Provide feedback to Botanical Manager on performance of individual field crew members. Direct activities of field crew when assigned to conduct genetic conservations and outplanting tasks.
• BS/BA degree in botany, biology, horticulture, restoration ecology, or related field.
• Three years of experience managing operations and working with staff in horticultural systems and/or conserving botanical resources.
• Demonstrated knowledge of plant propagation, especially species found in Hawaii, including common native and rare species.
• Demonstrated ability to hike for 6-8 hours and up to 10 kilometers per day while carrying field pack over rough terrain, in inclement weather.
• Able to obtain a State of Hawaii Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s license within 3 months of hire date; must maintain Hawaii State Pesticide Applicator’s certificate throughout employment.
• Complete A-100 Helicopter Safety Training after hire.
• Have a valid driver’s license or be able to obtain a valid driver’s license by the employment start date.
• MSc degree with a degree/coursework in seed conservation; rare plant propagation, care, and outplanting.
• Experience with seed collection, propagation, outplanting, and site maintenance for common native and federally-listed plant species.
• Experience with plant care in fertilization, plant pathogen and disease control techniques in the greenhouse and field.
• Experience with operation and maintenance of greenhouses to include venting system and irrigation system.
• Good oral and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated leadership ability.
• Experience with computers and software including the Microsoft Office Suite, database management software, and ArcGIS. Experience with digital data collection devices and desktop GIS applications to produce maps, navigate, and record data.
• Related work experience on a military installation.
• Ability to operate 4-wheel drive vehicles.