Seasonal Vegetation Technician-Alaska

Center for Environmental Management
JBER, Anchorage, Alaska
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Last Date to Apply
POSITION Seasonal vegetation technician position is available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML). This position is located in Anchorage, Alaska at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Position will last 4 months, depending on funding. Position start is approximately mid-May 2018 and will end approximately mid-September 2018. ORGANIZATION 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 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 LOCATION In October 2010, the Air Force’s Elmendorf Air Force Base and the Army’s Fort Richardson joined to become Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER). The installation is over 73,000 acres, stretching from marine to alpine ecosystems. JBER is located near Anchorage, Alaska, which has a population of nearly 300,000. Its proximity to JBER provides access to an urban center as well as excellent recreation and wildlife viewing opportunities. For more information about Anchorage, visit RESPONSIBILITIES A Vegetation Technician will be hired to conduct field sampling of JBER’s long term ecological monitoring (LTEM) plots. LTEM sampling includes avian surveys, small mammal trapping surveys, and vegetation surveys. This position is specifically seeking a candidate with vegetation identification experience, but will be part of a two person team that also conducts the small mammal surveys. Work duties include, but are not limited to assessment of soils and identifying vegetation to species in habitats occurring in both alpine and lowland regions of JBER using standard field protocols. Technician will also be responsible for assisting and/or conducting post processing of data including those data collected as photographs, electronic data collected on a handheld field computer/GPS, and data collected on hard copy forms as well as preparing deliverables including reports, map sheets, presentations, posters, etc. Post processing duties will include collecting, managing, and processing data using GIS and producing maps and interpreting data collected. Technician may also assist JBER Natural Resource Staff with other management/planning projects as needed, including monitoring/inventory of urban forestry resources, tree planting, trail clearing or construction, observation of wildlife, including birds, large mammals, and small mammals, or other work assignments, as needed, in the field or in the office. Some tasks may require heavy lifting, use of power or hand tools, or other physically exerting tasks. Technician will gain valuable experience with variety of natural resource sampling techniques and equipment, plant taxonomy, wildlife monitoring, as well as experience with GPS, GIS, electronic data-collection, and map and compass navigation. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS This position is expected to involve extensive field work with a smaller proportion of the duties pertaining to office work. The ability to walk long distances (7-10 miles in a day) carrying heavy (up to 50 pound packs) in difficult and sometimes steep terrain is required to reach remote field sites. Often work will occur when adverse weather conditions - cold, wet, and rainy. The ability to work well with others is essential. Field work will occur in areas where interactions with wildlife (e.g. bear and moose) are possible.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS The successful candidate must demonstrate U.S. employment eligibility; CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position. BS/BA in ecology, natural resource management, botany, forestry or related field is required. Otherwise well qualified candidates who’ve nearly completed such coursework may be considered. Candidates with coursework and/or experience in plant taxonomy, natural resource sampling and monitoring techniques are preferred. Applicants must also have experience, managing data, navigating with maps, compasses, and GPS. Successful candidate must have or be able to obtain valid driving license. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS • Experience characterizing and describing soil types and profiles • Experience correctly identifying Alaskan vegetation to species in the field • Experience using dichotomous keys and multiple field guides to key out vegetation • Wilderness orienteering • Map creation using ArcMap HOUSING AND DURATION Housing is not provided, however, rental housing is available in the adjacent communities. Positions will be approximately 4 months starting in mid-May, though data management and analysis work may be available during the fall. Work schedule is anticipated to be five 8-hour days with the weekends off. The duration of this position is dependent on funding from the sponsor. 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. PAY RATE Pay rate is $17.00 - $18.00 per hour depending on qualifications and experience. APPLICATION To apply, please e-mail the following: (1) A letter of application, including acknowledgement of the work location and minimum job qualifications (2) Resume (3) Unofficial copy of college transcripts (please remove sensitive personal information including social security number or date of birth) (4) Name and daytime phone number for three references including one current or former supervisor to: Cassie Schoofs APPLICATION DEADLINE: All materials must be received by March 15th, 2018 For more information about this position, contact Cassie Schoofs at the above email. Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. 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. Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion. See a complete listing of open CEMML positions at
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