Forestry Technician - Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Crew Member

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Deadline to Apply:

Monday, July 3, 2017, 10:00pm



Grand Junction, CO
United States

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Job Description:

These positions are with the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA)
Program. This FIA unit is part of a nationwide US Forest Service program which collects, processes,
analyzes, evaluates, and publishes comprehensive information on forest resources. Field-based
measurements occur on permanent plots that are located on a systematic grid across public and private
ownership. Data collected from these inventories are based on tree measurements, forest health
parameters, understory vegetation composition, habitat types, down dead woody material, silvicultural
practices, natural disturbances, and land ownership.
The Forestry Technician reports directly to and assists each FIA Crew Leader with ecological field
inventories. There is an expectation to work and communicate as a productive and safe team in remote
locations. This incumbent will help locate permanent field plots with road navigation, interpreting maps
and aerial photos, determining scale of aerial photos, running compass lines, chaining/pacing distances,
and using GPS equipment. The incumbent will be responsible for measuring forest inventory variables
related to percent ground cover, tree diameters, tree heights, tree vigor, tree status, and fire fuel
loading. Duties will also include measurements involving vegetation diversity and soil and erosion data.
To accomplish the fieldwork, the Forest Technicians will need to carry backpacks with 45+ pounds of work
and personal gear across steep terrain ranging in elevation from 3,500 to 14,000 feet in potentially
inclement weather conditions. In certain circumstances, the incumbent should be comfortable traveling on
horseback and ATV. Extensive travel throughout Colorado and Wyoming is expected, requiring frequent
stays in hotels and backcountry camping. Approved lodging and per diem expenses are covered (see GSA
CONUS rates). The typical work schedule is Monday thru Friday, and weekend work may occur.

Minimum Requirements:

  • A 2-year Associate of Science degree, Associate of Applied Science degree, and/or seeking a 4-year degree in Biology, Botany, Forestry, Geology, Natural Resource Management, or related-field
  • Ability to carry a 45+ pound pack while hiking in elevations ranging from 3,500 to 14,000 feet
  • Have a valid state driver’s license and the ability to pass a motor vehicle background check

Preferred Experience and Qualifications:

  • Experience with topographic maps, compass, and aerial photos for road navigation, interpreting cover types, identifying point locations, and navigating in wilderness situations
  • Capable of using GPS units to collect field data
  • Completed dendrology course and be familiar with identification of western tree and shrub species
  • Understanding and experienced with basic field forestry skills related to cruising and timber marking
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including working with the general public
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • General safety (CPR and First Aid) and wilderness safety training and experience
  • Ability to keep track of weekly work hours and work-related expenses
  • Familiar with SPOT or Delorme SOS beacon units

How to Apply:

Please email (preferred and in a PDF format) or mail the application materials to the address below:

  1. Cover letter stating interest in this position, ranking preference of duty locations, and addressing one’s skills and experience related to the conditions of employment, position requirements, qualifications, duties and responsibilities. Cover letter should not be longer than 2 pages (one-sided and single-spaced).
  2. Professional resume that also includes ranking preference of duty locations. Resume should not be longer than 2 pages (one-sided and single-spaced) and include physical address, phone, and email.
  3. Unofficial copy of college transcripts that include cumulative GPA and list of courses completed.
  4. A list of 3 professional references that is not longer than one page. Each reference will include full name, professional relationship to applicant, work address, professional affiliation, phone number(s), and email address. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

To submit your application and for questions regarding the position, please contact Wilfred Previant, FIA Program Manager, at, or at Cell: 970.420.8659 Office: 970.491.5342.