Colorado State University Ecologist - Edwards Air Force Base, CA in Fort Collins, Colorado

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Ecologist - Edwards Air Force Base, CA

Position Location Edwards Air Force Base, CA

Research Professional Position Yes

Posting Number 201801051AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Number of Vacancies 1

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range $65,000 - $80,000

Desired Start Date 02/18/2019

Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 01/28/2019

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

The Ecologist position at Edwards Air Force Base will provide support for habitat management associated with the Piute Ponds complex on Edwards AFB. The Piute Ponds complex is a series of ponds that are connected by a series of weirs and are fed by treated waste water. The ponds support a diverse array of flora and fauna, have different features, see different uses (e.g. waterfowl hunting, bird watching, environmental education), and are distinct in their own ways. The Ecologist will update the Piute Ponds Management Plan using scientifically based strategies to develop a set of overall goals and objectives to improve habitat diversity while also creating specific goals and objectives for each pond within the complex to account for their unique features and attributes. The management plan will not just be a plan, it will be a document to be implemented for active management of the ponds. The plan will not only include guidance for flora and fauna, it will need to include details about water management, sedimentation, evaporation, transpiration, and soils. The Ecologist will be required to review the scientific literature supporting the guidance and actions put forth in the management plan. The literature will be cited in the management plan. The Ecologist will be responsible for coordinating with contractors and overseeing infrastructure improvement projects at Edwards AFB. CEMML will be issuing a construction contract to support earth work projects within the Piute Ponds complex. Objectives for these projects include (1) allowing unobstructed water flow through the Piute Ponds complex, (2) improving infrastructure to support future management activities, (3) allowing proper water flow from Piute Ponds complex to the Rosamond dry lake, and (4) securing board weirs from unauthorized use. These projects may include removal of cattail and bulrush, dredging to direct water flow, improvements to levees, and the addition of, or maintenance of, weirs to control water flow. There are existing designs available from a prior contractor but a Colorado State University Engineer will be reviewing plans and making suggestions for improvement if necessary. The Ecologist may have the opportunity to provide input on the design plans if they have the that experience and skillset. All infrastructure improvement work will need to be coordinated with Edwards AFB, progress communicated on a regular basis to Edwards AFB Natural Resources personnel, and tracked regularly by the Ecologist. The Ecologist will be responsible for monthly reporting requirements, communicating with the Principal Investigator, and maintaining a good working relationship with all Edwards AFB points of contact. A full scope of work will be provided upon hire. Additional tasks may be assigned by the Edwards AFB natural resource team but must be approved by the Principal Investigator. A computer and field vehicle will be provided by CEMML.

Required Job Qualifications

  • M.S. in Ecology or related field

  • 3 years of applicable experience

  • Experience with habitat management

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

  • Must be legally eligible to work in the United States by the proposed start date; CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Experience with ArcGIS

  • Experience in wetland or riparian systems

  • Experience with project management

  • Understanding of heavy equipment use for habitat improvement

  • Strong writing skills

  • Experience with hydrology work

  • Experience with restoration and invasive species management

  • Scientific background

  • Experience with prescribed fire in a wetland system

  • Experience with soils

  • Experience 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 Research


Background research and literature reviews to support management plan update

Percentage Of Time 20%

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Technical writing


Writing of the Piute Ponds management plan and any appendices. Utilize an existing document to build upon and supplement with scientifically backed management goals and objectives. Close coordination with Edwards AFB Natural Resource personnel will be required. Improvement of existing appendices and development of new appendices, as requested and required by Edwards AFB Natural Resource personnel.

Percentage Of Time 40%

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Construction oversight


Oversight of contractors to ensure they are performing work as required.

Percentage Of Time 5%

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Field work


Field work to address vegetation concerns, learn about the Piute Ponds complex, collect samples as required, and support any additional field needs.

Percentage Of Time 15%

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Project management


Tracking of construction activities and deadlines for reports.

Percentage Of Time 5%

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Communication/Coordination


Regular communication and meetings with the Edwards AFB team and CEMML Principal Investigator. Coordination with all project team members.

Percentage Of Time 15%

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Apply no later than January 28, 2019 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 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 (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) Certifications pertinent to position uploaded in the ‘License/Certifications’ slot. 6) 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 Sabrina Broderick,

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 Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) 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 (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will 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

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • This positon will be located at Edwards Air Force Base in California, please affirm your knowledge that work will be performed at that work location.

  • Yes

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume or CV

  • Unofficial Transcripts

Optional Documents

  • Official Transcripts

  • Other

  • License/Certification