Natural Resources Technician (Columbus Air Force Base)

The Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands
Columbus, Mississippi
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$35,000-$37,000 annual
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
POSITION One Natural Resources Technician (Seasonal Worker, Full-time, 40 hours/week) position is available with the Colorado State University (CSU) Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML). This position will provide support to the natural resources program at Columbus Air Force Base (AFB), Mississippi. The intent of this position is to provide the successful applicant with exposure to careers in military lands management and natural resources work experience. The technician will contribute to conservation and management efforts at Columbus AFB and learn about the regulatory framework and importance of managing natural resources on Department of Defense lands. Successful candidates will gain entry-level experience on a range of habitat and wildlife management projects under mentorship with natural resource managers at Columbus AFB. Military affiliation is not required to apply for this position. ORGANIZATION CEMML CEMML is a research, education, and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at 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 other CSU departments 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, please visit Position Duty Station: Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi Columbus AFB is a 4,900-acre United State military installation found eight miles north of Columbus, Mississippi. The installation is tasked with training, equipping, and organizing world-class pilots for international military operations. Columbus AFB’s Environmental Flight is an award winning program that is responsible for ensuring the sustainable management of the base’s undeveloped land, which includes over 180 acres of wetlands, 1,200 acres of commercial forests, and a two-acre lake. The primary focuses for the program include wetlands monitoring and management, forest management, erosion control, water quality management, and threatened and endangered species management. These responsibilities also extend to the 1,080-acre Shuqualak Auxiliary Airfield which is found 50 miles south of the installation. To learn more about Columbus AFB and its mission, visit RESPONSIBILITIES The Natural Resources Technician will provide support to Columbus AFB’s natural resources program through a variety of invasives species, threatened and endangered species, and wetlands management projects. Invasive species management tasks will mainly consist of GPS mapping and field surveys, and may include GIS work in the office using collected data. Threatened and endangered species tasks will support snapping turtle and bat management, through the collection of water samples and the maintenance of bat boxes respectively. Finally, the wetlands work will produce wetland delineations using field surveys with GPS equipment. Once hired, the technician will be provided with safety training for operating ATVs. A majority of the work will be conducted outdoors, and will entail working alongside other technicians/managers and/or independently, as necessary. CEMML and Columbus AFB will provide the necessary personal protective equipment. The varied management, monitoring, and mapping tasks associated with this position will provide excellent, entry-level experience into the field of natural resource management. PAY RATE Pay rate is $35,000-$37,000 annual and the work period will not exceed 140 working days. EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: Employee Benefit information can be found on HR’s Website at and APPLICATION Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Applicants can view other positions that are available in the open pool and start their application at: Applicants will upload each of the items below individually as a Word Document (.doc), PDF (.pdf), or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Please note that incomplete applications cannot be considered. Please remove social security numbers and birthdates from application materials. A complete application consists of: 1. Statement of Qualifications (one-page letter addressing each qualification described in the announcement) uploaded in the ‘Cover Letter’ slot. 2. Resume 3. Transcripts uploaded in the ‘Unofficial Transcripts’ or ‘Official Transcripts’ (optional) slot 4. References – please include within your application contact information for 3 professional references including at least one supervisor. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. BACKGROUND CHECK Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history. Beginning Monday, August 16, 2021, CSU has mandated vaccinations against COVID-19. Faculty and staff are required to submit their vaccine status or declare an exemption. More information about the vaccination mandate can be found on the CSU COVID-19 Information & Resources site at: 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/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University 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 and equal access institution and 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. The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education. See a complete listing of open CEMML positions at
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS • Must be physically capable of working independently in remote outdoor locations for long periods of time under hot weather conditions. Field activities may include conducting surveys, maintaining mapping equipment, and collecting biological data. These actions will require frequent walking, lifting, pulling, and kneeling. • Pursuing a B.S. in a natural resources-, environmental compliance-, or ecosystem science-related field. • Must have a valid driver’s license for operating federal vehicles, including cars and ATVs. • Must be able to pass a federal background investigation to obtain a Department of Defense Installation Access Pass. • The successful candidate must demonstrate U.S. employment eligibility; CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position. DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS • B.S. in a natural resources-, environmental compliance-, or ecosystem science-related field. • Experience using GPS equipment in the field • Experience using GIS software, including ArcGIS or ArcGIS Pro • Experience operating ATVs • Experience with wildlife or vegetation field surveys • Experience using hand tools
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