Wildland Fire Project Coordinator - Fort Collins, Colorado

Position Location - Fort Collins, CO
Work Location - Position qualifies for hybrid/in-office work
Research Professional Position - Yes
Posting Number - 202302022AP
Position Type - Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title - Prof/Indiv Contrib III
Work Hours/Week - 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range - $80,000-$90,000

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University is not just a workplace; it's a thriving community that's transforming lives and improving the human condition through world-class teaching, research, and service. With a robust benefits package, collaborative atmosphere, commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and focus on work-life balance, CSU is where you can thrive, grow, and make a lasting impact.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 12/11/2023

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 http://www.cemml.colostate.edu/.

Position Summary

A Wildland Fire Project Coordinator position is available with Colorado State University and the Center for Environmental management of Military Lands (CEMML) to be located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This position will directly support CEMML's Wildland Fire Program Manager by writing fire management plans and helping to develop and carry out data analyses.

This position will require the following skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work seamlessly with internal team members and external sponsors.
  • Analysis skills to analyze spatial and non-spatial data, including a solid understanding of fundamental statistical concepts.
  • Solid organizational skills to manage work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Keeping up to date on the latest science and how to apply it directly, or by modifying/combining methodologies, or by creating novel methodologies.
  • Creative and flexible thinking to address problems unique to the military that may not have direct correlates in other natural resources management environments.

This position is hybrid optional; work will be conducted 3 days in the office, and 2 days from home. The incumbent must be able to work in-person at least 3 days per week at the location at CSU in Fort Collins.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Masters Degree in Natural Resources or a related field
  • 3 years of professional experience in natural resources or a related discipline
  • Demonstrated experience managing multiple projects or tasks simultaneously
  • Demonstrated experience in wildland fire management planning or wildland fire data analysis
  • Demonstration of strong organizational skills
  • Demonstration of strong written communication skills
  • Must be capable of walking 1-3 miles continuously while carrying up to 20 pounds over uneven terrain and to sustain long periods of standing, walking, lifting, stooping, reaching, or similar activities.
  • 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

  • 5+ years of professional experience in natural resources or a related discipline
  • At least one year of experience assisting or directly managing projects
  • Experience developing/writing new guidelines or management recommendations/requirements
  • Experience in the design and implementation of science-based methodologies
  • Fireline experience at any level
  • Self-motivated/self-starter and team-oriented collaborator
  • Demonstrated attention to detail while maintaining timelines and budgets
  • Demonstrated experience writing natural resources management plans of any type
  • Demonstrated experience carrying projects to completion
  • Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Word, including formatting figures, tables, headings, numbering, headers and footers, etc. in documents
  • Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Excel functions, or queries in any database application, to carry out data manipulation and/or analysis
  • One year or more of experience using Geographic Information Systems, including creating, managing, and analyzing spatial data
  • Experience supervising the work of others
  • Experience with the military.

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

Project Management


  • Manage the budget, ensures timelines are met, manage the work of team members.

Percentage Of Time - 5

Job Duty Category Prepare Fire Management Plans


  • Work with team members on multiple plans simultaneously.
  • Work with installation personnel to identify issues needing resolution and determine goals and objectives.
  • Analyze fire occurrence, weather, and spatial data; perform subject risk analyses; establish roles and responsibilities; establish and assign tasks throughout the plan; determine proper wildfire response.
  • Write plans, quality control the work of team members.
  • Finalize deliverables per the scope of work and submit plans to installations.

Percentage Of Time - 60

Job Duty Category

Wildland Fire Analysis


  • Use GIS, Excel, Databases, scientific software, wildland fire management software, and custom computer code/scripts to perform analyses and determine best mitigation actions.
  • Analyze weather data, fire occurrence data, climate data, carry out high-resolution risk analyses, and develop new methodologies based on the best available science as necessary.

Percentage Of Time - 35

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Apply no later than December 11, 2023, 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:

  1. Statement of Qualifications (one-page letter addressing each qualification described in the announcement) uploaded in the 'Cover Letter' slot.
  2. Resume
  3. 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.
  4. 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 Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver's License

Search Contact

Andrew Beavers (Andrew.Beavers@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. 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, 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 the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education.

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.

To apply, visit: https://apptrkr.com/4802073

published: 20 November 2023     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.