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Hourly Forest Timber Management and Restoration Technician

One Forest Timber Management and Restoration Technician position (Seasonal Worker, 40 hours/week, 6-month duration) position is available with the Colorado State University (CSU) Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML). This position will provide support to the natural resources program at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Successful candidates will gain excellent, entry-level experience on a range of natural resource projects. Military affiliation is not required to apply for this position.


CEMML is a research, education, and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources 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, 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, please visit

Position Duty Station: Eglin Air Force Base

Eglin AFB is a 465,000-acre United States military installation, making it one of the largest AFBs in the world, and the largest forested installation. The base’s undeveloped area, which accounts for 405,000 acres, is primarily used for military training and ordnance testing and research, and secondarily for timber management and outdoor recreation, with over 205,000 acres open to the public. Major focal points of the Eglin AFB natural resources program include timber management, outdoor recreation, endangered and protected species management, erosion control, wildland fire management and prescribed burning, and many other special projects. The holistic approach to ecosystem management at Elgin AFB has led to exciting outcomes, such as federal down-listing of the Okaloosa Darter from endangered to threatened status and surpassing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recovery goal of 350 breeding pairs for the red-cockaded woodpecker. Moreover, these achievements resulted in no significant impacts to the Elgin mission while greatly improving the base’s future mission capabilities.
For more information on Eglin Air Force Base’s mission and vision, visit

The Forest Timber Management and Restoration Technician will provide support to Eglin’s Forestry Program in managing timber harvesting and inspections. The technician will use GPS equipment to evaluate and mark harvesting boundaries, collect and manage timber inventory data, and inspect harvest and reforestation sites. A majority of this work will occur outdoors and requires use of gas-powered equipment, including chainsaws. Safety training for operating chainsaws and ATVs will be provided. The variety of timber-management responsibilities will provide valuable experience to anyone interested in a career in forestry or natural resources management.
·    Must be physically capable of working independently in remote outdoor locations for long periods of time under varying weather conditions. Field activities may include, but are not limited to, finding and marking timber-harvest boundaries with paint and sawing alongside other technicians. These activities will require frequent walking, pulling, lifting, and using gas-powered equipment and other tools.
·    Experience using a chainsaw and other mechanical tools.
·    Pursuing a degree in a natural resources-, environmental compliance-, or ecosystem science-related field.
·    Must have a valid driver’s license for operating federal vehicles, including cars and ATVs.
·    Must be able to pass a federal background investigation to obtain a DoD Installation Access Pass.
·    The successful candidate must demonstrate U.S. employment eligibility; CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.
·    Chainsaw Certification
·    Experience operating an ATV
·    B.S. in a natural resources-, environmental compliance-, or ecosystem science-related field.
Pay rate is $15/hour and the work period will not exceed 6 months.
A living allowance of $500 is included to assist with relocation and/or living costs.
CSU is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search, and motor vehicle history.
Email each of the items listed below individually as a Word Document (.doc) or PDF (.pdf) to and be sure to put “Eglin AFB” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted through 25 October 2020. Please note that incomplete applications cannot be considered. Please remove social security numbers and birthdates from application materials. A complete application consists of the following items.
1) Statement of Qualifications (a letter addressing each qualification described in the announcement)
2) Resume
3) Three references (contact information for professional references, including at least one supervisor; references will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates)

CSU does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. CSU is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complying 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.
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
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