About CSFS

The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) is a service and outreach agency of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. In addition to our state office on the CSU Foothills Campus in Fort Collins, the CSFS maintains 17 field offices throughout Colorado. Our professional staff offer Colorado residents an easily accessible source of technical forestry assistance and educational outreach.

Together with other natural resource organizations, CSFS provides comprehensive support for the care of our natural environment. This exchange of technical assistance and information among cooperating organizations ensures the commitment to a common goal — future forests that will provide benefits for present and future generations.

Our Staff Include

  • Foresters
  • Staff foresters and other support staff
  • Administrative staff
  • Seasonal foresters and internships

Current Employment Openings

Full-Time Employment

Wood Biomass Research Associate – RAII

Location: Fort Collins

The successful applicant will assist with conducting a statewide wood biomass assessment that will include quantifying supply, conducting a mill/facility capacity survey, and evaluating biomass markets. The position will also support a $2.5 million biomass grant program, providing help with identifying potential projects and administering selected projects. The position will reside in the Science and Data Division of the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS). It is a 2-year appointment, with potential for extension dependent upon funding and work availability. The position will be based out of the CSFS State Office in Fort Collins, Colorado, but qualified candidates that reside in Colorado and can work remotely will be considered. Some overnight travel will be required. Duties are approximately 75%-85% research and 15-25% project administration, but could include supporting other programs and staff within the CSFS as needed.

Accounting Technician III

Location: Fort Collins

Under the direct supervision of the Manager of Budget & Finance, this position is a key team member within the Administrative Division and the State Office. Manage, conduct and coordinate oversight for the collection of supporting documentation and the related audit function concerning Reconciling, Purchasing, Service Agreements, Training Admin Personnel, Vehicle and Equipment Management, Travel and KFS document preparation. Provide support services to all agency staff including the 18 field offices, State Office and other work units by ensuring proper and efficient budgetary operation of department by pre-authorizing expenses; monitoring and reconciling numerous accounts (approximately 150) in the 16, 19, 29, 22 and 53 funds; recommending revision of budgets when necessary and creating budget adjustments; relating/interpreting university and/or department policies and procedures to staff. Report budgetary problems to the Manager of Budget & Finance and recommend solutions. Provide administrative process training and technical assistance (i.e. Vista Plus reports interpretation) for temporary and permanent personnel in the 18 field offices and units, records maintenance and records training for all field offices. This position must have great attention to detail when creating and reviewing administrative and accounting documentation.

Supervisory Forester of Science and Data

Location: La Veta

Under the supervision of the Area Manager, the Supervisory Foresters are responsible for general administrative duties and the direct oversight, management,

  • Science and Data
  • Communications and Communities
  • Forest Planning and Implementation

Each Supervisory Forester position will have primary responsibilities in one specific functional area but will have additional duties in other functional areas as assigned by the Area Manager. This position has supervisory responsibilities. The Supervisory Forester is to perform project budget, program oversight, personnel, grant, equipment and facility management. The Supervisory Forester is expected to coordinate program delivery with program staff and will provide a primary contact point for local officials and key CSFS partnerships within the area as appropriate and directed by the Area Manager.

As a member of the Area Operations Team, the Supervisory Forester coordinates work effort to ensure efficient, effective, and cohesive program delivery in priority areas. The team works together to allocate and manage resources to ensure agency goals and objectives are achieved on time and within budget, address area operational issues, and ensure policies and practices are implemented consistently. The Area Operations Team works with the CSFS Leadership and Management teams to carry out agency priorities. The Supervisory Forester serves as the area liaison to related functional division(s) and program areas.

The Supervisory Foresters will participate in annual fiscal and work planning, administer project budgets ranging from $5,000 to $1 million dollars (spanning multiple years).

State Forester

Location: Fort Collins, CO

The CSFS is seeking a State Forester who will be a visionary and inspiring leader for staff, partners, and the public. The State Forester will need to bring creativity and innovation to the agency as Colorado’s growing population and changing climate poses new challenges. Within the agency, the State Forester will provide direction and motivation and foster a culture of positivity, inclusivity, diversity, and accountability. Outside the agency, the State Forester will build the role of CSFS as a state and national leader by being knowledgeable in technical and policy issues, operating in a collaborative manner, employing political acumen, positioning the agency to address the most critical forest issues in the state, and ensuring that the agency has the resources needed to fulfill its mission.

Open Pool

Open Pool postings are utilized to gather applications for potential job openings that may become vacant in a department throughout a year and may remain open, collecting applicants, on the CSU Jobs website for three, six or 12 months. At the end of this period, current applications are deactivated and pool applicants are invited to reapply to the next open pool cycle (if applicable).

Once an applicant has applied to an Open Pool posting, their application materials will be reviewed every time a new vacancy becomes available. CSFS positions can and may be filled year-round. For open pool positions, applicants should mark the area(s) of the state in which they are willing to work.

Forestry Technician

This position will provide professional, science-based assistance to local landowners regarding forest health (insects, disease and wildfire mitigation) and prepare program-related reports and plans. In addition, the position will also provide assistance to other staff in additional program areas including: grants, federal land forest management through the Good Neighbor Authority, state land management and facilities maintenance.


Under the supervision of a Supervisory Forester, the Forester position will be the lead and serve as the representative for one or more of the following program areas:

  • Forest management
  • Forest agriculture
  • Forest stewardship planning
  • Urban and community forestry
  • Wildfire mitigation & fuels treatment
  • State trust land forest management
  • Insect and disease
  • Seasonal crew hiring and oversight
  • Firewise
  • Special projects as assigned
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • Grant program management
  • Outreach & education programs
  • State parks forest management
  • Pile burning on state lands
  • Community/HOA assistance
  • Federal, state, and local government forest management projects

If at any time during 2021 you would like to update your information or remove yourself from the pool, please contact Tina Little at tina.little@colostate.edu or (970) 491-8662 so she can reactivate your application or remove you.

Part-Time Employment

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