The Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP) is seeking
experienced field technicians to collect wetland assessment data for
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Wetland
Condition Assessment (NWCA) conducted every five years.
Successful applicants will be trained in data collection methods by
Wetland Ecologists from CNHP and the EPA and will spend the
summer applying the protocol in wetlands throughout Colorado
Three field teams of four technicians each (1 Lead Technician and 3
Field Technicians) will be hired. Two teams collect data in Colorado
and one in Wyoming. Crews will spend 4 to 8 days in a row in the
field traveling to randomly selected sites across their base state,
often camping in the field. Sites will be located in both the front
and back county and on public and private land. The team will collect data on wetland vegetation, soils, hydrology, water
quality, and the condition of buffers. Sampling will follow rigorous protocols used by field teams across the country.
Information on NWCA is available at: http://water.epa.gov/type/wetlands/assessment/survey/index.cfm.
Lead Technicians may start up to 1 month in advance of the field season (estimated start date in April) to plan field season
logistics, including securing permission to access sites on private land, scheduling site visits, preparing field maps,
preparing field supplies, etc. During the field season, the Lead Technicians will be responsible for supporting and
managing crew safety and wellbeing, coordinating field logistics and scheduling, managing the crew’s equipment, and
completing administrative paperwork. Before, during and after field data collection, the Lead Technicians will be
responsible for the organization and quality control of all data collected using iPad tablets and occasional paper forms.
Coursework in botany, ecology, natural resources, range management, or related field required for all positions. A
completed B.S. degree is preferred for all positions and required for Lead Technicians.
2. Field experience collecting scientific data, specifically vegetation sampling, soil profile descriptions, water quality
sampling, and/or other environmental data required for all positions. Knowledge of wetland ecology and
experience working in wetlands and/or riparian areas preferred.
3. Experience using dichotomous botanical keys and field guides, familiarity with the major plant families, and
knowledge of western flora and/or wetland species preferred (required for at least one member of each team).
4. Experience with soil taxonomy and describing soil profiles preferred (required for at least one member of each
5. Experience with aerial photography (Google Earth),
navigating with a topographic map, and use of GPS
preferred for all positions and required for Lead
Technicians. Experience with ArcGIS preferred for Lead
Technicians, but not required.
6. Willingness and ability to work long hours and unusual
schedules, travel extensively during the field season, share
living quarters in rustic field housing, bunkhouses, and car
camping, and potentially backpack and hike long distances
(up to 10 miles / day) while carrying a heavy pack (up to 40
lbs) required for all positions.
7. Willingness and ability to work with a positive attitude in
field conditions that include exposure to inclement
weather, rugged terrain, hot or cold weather (30–110° F), mosquitos, and poisonous plants, all while maintaining
a strong commitment to team safety required for all positions.
8. Careful attention to detail and strong written and organizational skills to complete lengthy field forms required for
all positions. Experience collecting data electronically using tablets or other devices preferred.
9. Strong oral communication skills for professional interactions with land manager and landowners required for all
10. A valid driver’s license required for all positions. Experience driving 4x4 vehicles on rough roads preferred.
11. Wilderness First Aid or other field safety training preferred. Additional training will be available.
Lead Technicians should have experience working in wetlands and expertise in either plant taxonomy or soil taxonomy.
To Apply: email resume, cover letter, and three references (with
phone numbers) to Laurie Gilligan at Laurie.Gilligan@colostate.edu.
Please indicate if you would like to be considered for the Lead
Technician and which state you would prefer to work in.