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Colorado State University Botany Technician - Fort Polk, LA in Fort Collins, Colorado

Working Title Botany Technician - Fort Polk, LA

Position Location Fort Polk, LA

Research Professional Position Yes

Posting Number 202100072AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title Research Associate I

Number of Vacancies 1

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range $39,000 - $43,000

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas.

Desired Start Date 03/15/2021

Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 02/22/2021

Description of Work Unit

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

Position Summary

A Botany Technician (Research Associate I Special) position is available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML). This position is located at Fort Polk, LA.

The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States by proposed start date. CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Serves as the Integrated Natural Resources Management Plans (INRMP) Botany Technician. Supports the INRMP Program Manager, Botany SME, Game and Non-game SME’s and other Conservation Branch Program Managers with field data collection, data entry, and assist SME with analysis, report writing and SOP development (monthly progress reporting, annual updates and annual reports). The Botany Technician will work independently or as part of a team with the Botany Subject Matter expert to ensure the INRMP goals and objectives are met. Work will include driving 4×4 trucks into the field to conduct surveys, assessments, and monitoring of botanical resources and habitat. A botany training course may be available to teach the botany technician about the plant species found around Fort Polk. Work will mostly take place Monday through Friday. There will be an occasional request to work on a weekend. This position is mostly field-based and, as such, the Botany Technician will be required to work outdoors in challenging conditions.

Required Job Qualifications

  • A Bachelor of Science in biology/botany related field.

  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule including some work on weekends.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.

  • The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States by proposed start date. CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

    Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Experience with botany surveys

  • Experience working in the southern/Louisiana ecosystems

  • Experience operating 4-wheel drive vehicles, ATVs/UTVs

  • Experience working on a military installation

    Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Coordination with personnel


Coordination with Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan (INRMP) program colleagues, Environmental Natural Resources Management Division (ENRMD) colleagues, Range Control, and others as necessary and required to ensure successful transfer of information and planning for field efforts.

Percentage Of Time 5%

Job Duty Category Meetings, scheduling, and training


Participate in weekly meetings for planning execution aspects of monitoring and managing botanical resources. Attend training opportunities to prepare for and improve upon field work and field knowledge. Scheduling of field efforts with colleagues.

Percentage Of Time 5%

Job Duty Category Botany project execution


Plant community mapping, noxious and invasive plant control, botanical surveys, forest prescriptions, other botanical projects, wetland identification and delineation, and support of other INRMP programs as necessary. Work individually or as part of a team in field settings around Fort Polk and associated training lands. Work will take place in remote areas with exposure to challenging physical and environmental conditions. Use of GPS units will be required.

Percentage Of Time 60%

Job Duty Category Reporting


Completing field data sheets, entry of data into database. Developing reports.

Percentage Of Time 5%

Job Duty Category Equipment/maintenance support


Preparation and tracking of forms to acquire equipment needed for project execution. Cleaning vehicles inside and out, taking vehicles for routine and required maintenance.

Percentage Of Time 5%

Job Duty Category Outreach


Preparation and maintenance of informative ENRMD, Conservation Branch displays and presentations for public viewing. Participate in public outreach programs to army personnel, local schools, clubs, and societies.

Percentage Of Time 5%

Job Duty Category Maneuver damage inspections


Support maneuver damage inspections on a rotating basis after Army training activities occur on Fort Polk training lands. Assessments will follow protocol provided by the Maneuver Damage team and will likely occur on weekends. Goal of inspections is to assess damage to landscape and habitat caused by training activities and provide data necessary for the Integrated Training Area Management (ITAM) team to remediate damage.

Percentage Of Time 5%

Job Duty Category Special events and requests


Preparation and participation in special events and requests to include, but not limited to, special projects, additional data calls, reporting and all other support functions as identified by the Fort Polk Program Managers.

Percentage Of Time 5%

Job Duty Category Deliverables


Provide information/details required to complete the quarterly reporting requirements, support project reports as required.

Percentage Of Time 5%

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Apply no later than 02/22/2021 for full consideration at Mailed or emailed applications will not be accepted. 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 birth dates 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 (for each degree earned that is listed under qualifications) uploaded in the ‘Official Transcripts’ or ‘Unofficial Transcripts’ slot. 4) Degree Conferral (copy of diploma if transcripts do not include confirmation that degree was awarded) uploaded in the ‘Other’ slot. 5) 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.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License

Search Contact Chris Herron,

EEO Statement

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 or expression, or pregnancy and 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/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.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • * These positions will be located at Fort Polk, LA please affirm your knowledge that work will be performed at that work location.

  • yes

    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Unofficial Transcripts

  • Resume or CV

    Optional Documents

  • Official Transcripts

  • Other