Research Associate II: Colorado

Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO
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Full time Positions
$45,000 to $48,000 commensurate with education and experience.
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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.

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.

• 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
• 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
• Other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications:
• MS in Forestry, Natural Resources, or closely related field
• Possession of a valid driver’s license by start of employment and ability to meet Colorado State University’s vehicle use requirements

Preferred 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
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Linda Nagel
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