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Colorado State University Range and Training Lands Assessment Specialist - Fort Hunter Liggett, CA in Fort Collins, Colorado

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Working TitleRange and Training Lands Assessment Specialist - Fort Hunter Liggett, CA

Position LocationFort Hunter Liggett, CA

Work LocationPosition qualifies for hybrid/in-office work

Research Professional PositionYes

Posting Number202400662AP

Position TypeAdmin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification TitleProf/Indiv Contrib II

Number of Vacancies

Work Hours/Week40

Proposed Annual Salary Range$58000-$70000

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Desired Start Date

Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on05/20/2024

Description of Work Unit

WCNR’s Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands ( CEMML ) is a research, education, and service unit 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 and sustain our resources for future generations.

To learn more about CEMML’s contributions to land management, our mission, vision, and values, please visit:http://www.cemml.colostate.edu/.

Position Summary

The Range and Training Land Assessment ( RTLA ) Specialist assigned to Fort Hunter Liggett will support the U.S. Army Sustainable Range Program and Integrated Training Area Management ( ITAM ) program. The program aims to minimize environmental impacts associated with training, document conditions on the installation, and promote sustainable training conditions at the base. The position coordinates with other ITAM components, military elements, and environmental offices. The position involves strenuous field work to collect a variety of data and office tasks related to planning, data management/analysis and reporting. Tasks include development and implementation of protocols related to environmental conditions in the training areas. Primary areas of interest include vegetation communities, hydrologic and watershed condition, disturbance from military maneuvers, and other threats such as fire and noxious nonnative plants. Field data are collected, managed, analyzed and reported relative to indicators of training land condition and environmental sustainability. Results are interpreted and recommendations are made to help guide and prioritize land rehabilitation activities, with an emphasis on training mission goals, natural resources objectives, and best management practices. The position uses a variety of methodologies – collecting data, applying qualitative and quantitative approaches, geospatial analysis, and remotely sensed imagery.

The position is located at Fort Hunter Liggett in the central coast region of California. Nearby towns include King City and Paso Robles. Covering 161,000 acres (251.5 mi2), Fort Hunter Liggett is the largest Army Reserve installation in the continental United States. The landscape is dominated by extensive oak and other woodlands, shrublands and grasslands supporting abundant game and non-game wildlife. The Nacimiento River is a prominent feature running through the installation.

Work location is dependent on the needs of the partner/project/role. In some instances, positions may require staff to be fully in-person. In other instances, hybrid or remote arrangements may be possible.

Required Job Qualifications

  • BS Degree in range ecology, natural resources, botany, watershed science, biology or related field.

  • Physically able to work outdoors, perform surveys and collect field data under all weather conditions.

  • Minimum 1 year of experience with environmental or biological surveys, population sampling and survey methods, and field data collection.

  • Knowledge and applied experience with California flora and ecosystems and ability to identify plants using dichotomous keys.

  • Experience with operating personal computer workstations, using Microsoft Office applications such as MSWord, Excel and Access.

  • Experience with Geographical Information System (ArcGIS) and Global Positioning System technologies.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform basic data management, statistical analysis and prepare technical reports.

  • 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 U.S. by proposed start date; CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Experience with the Army’s Integrated Training Area Management ( ITAM ), Land Rehabilitation and Maintenance ( LRAM ) or Range and Training Land Assessment ( RTLA ) programs.

  • Experience working on a military installation.

  • Proven ability to work as part of a team, self-start and work independently.

  • Experience communicating effectively with a variety of audiences, both orally and in writing.

  • Experience developing, managing and using ESRI ArcGIS databases using ArcGIS or ArcPRO.

  • Experience managing a variety of data using tools such as MS Excel, MS Access and other software.

  • Experience with data summary, basic statistical analysis and preparing technical reports.

  • Experience with mapping land cover, vegetation and disturbance using remotely sensed imagery and field validation.

  • Experience with digital field data collection and GPS data management.

  • Experience with land rehabilitation, watershed management and erosion control practices commonly applied by county, state and federal agencies.

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 CategoryRTLA Project Management and Coordination


  • Plan, coordinate and implement the installation RTLA program within Range Division and with other entities on and off Fort Hunter Liggett.

  • Develop, evaluate and refine RTLA protocols for assessments related to data collection, summary and analysis.

  • Understand and incorporate installation training missions, training sustainability concepts, and environmental considerations into the RTLA program and support the LRAM component.

  • Participate in Range Operations training area inspections. Identify locations requiring repairs and communicate to LRAM team leads. Coordinate with military units on the repair of maneuver damage. Provide identified project locations to LRAM team lead. This project may require occasional weekend work.

  • Provide in-house training land condition consultation support and GPS data collection to Range Operations as needed.

  • Perform other duties and assignments as necessary to fulfill the mission and sub-missions of the ITAM program, FHL Range Operations and IMCOM as approved by the Installation Point of Contact and CEMML supervisor.

Percentage Of Time25

Job Duty CategoryField Data Collection


  • Conduct RTLA assessments utilizing GPS handhelds and data collection processes. Collect data by navigating wooded and rugged environments either in a vehicle or on foot across uneven terrain regardless of weather conditions.

  • Support a variety of different training land assessments as specified in the cooperative agreement and as directed by the installation.

Percentage Of Time45

Job Duty CategoryData Management, Summary and Analysis


  • Enter all associated data (qualitative and quantitative) and QC in a timely manner.

  • Manage various RTLA spatial and non-spatial databases. Utilize ESRI ArcPRO to upload collected data into corresponding databases for use by ITAM and Range Operations staff.

  • Utilize GIS data to create maps for project use.

  • Prepare data summaries and statistical analyses, and maps to document land condition status and trends on the installation.

Percentage Of Time20

Job Duty CategoryReporting and Recommendations


  • Document effort, activities and progress in monthly reports.

  • Prepare technical reports on an ongoing basis and annually following guidance in project protocols to document findings and make recommendations to guide training land use, spatial/temporal allocation and support LRAM activities.

  • Communicate findings and recommendations to installation staff through GIS data and maps, technical reports or briefings. Prepare annual recommendations for improvements to the program.

Percentage Of Time10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Apply no later than May 20, 2024, for full consideration. 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:

  • Statement of Qualifications (one-page letter addressing each qualification described in the announcement) uploaded in the ‘Cover Letter’ slot.

  • Resume

  • 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 to candidates.

  • Transcripts ( NOT required)(for each degree earned that is listed under qualifications) uploaded in the ‘Official Transcripts’ or ‘Unofficial Transcripts’ slot.

  • Degree Conferral ( NOT required) (copy of diploma if transcripts do not include confirmation that degree was awarded) uploaded in the ‘Other’ slot.

    CSU is committed to full inclusion of qualified individuals. If you are needing assistance or accommodations with the search process, please reach out to the listed search contact.

Conditions of EmploymentPre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Special Requirements/Other - Must be able to comply with all applicable regulations to obtain a Common Access Card (CAC). Furthermore, candidates are required at a minimum to complete a NACI/SF85 and successfully pass a federal background check to remain eligible for employment.

Search ContactDavid Jones (David.Jones@colostate.edu)

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/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. TheOffice of Equal Opportunity (https://oeo.colostate.edu/) 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,titleix@colostate.edu.

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,oeo@colostate.edu.

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,oeo@colostate.edu.

Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to theOffice of Civil Rights, Department of Education (https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.html) .

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 for the finalist before a final offer. 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

References Requested

Minimum Requested3

Maximum Requested3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

Optional Documents

  • Unofficial Transcripts

  • Official Transcripts

  • Other