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

Communications Manager

Location: Fort Collins

The Communications Manager is responsible for proactively generating positive media coverage for the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS), managing daily media relations, and writing and editing CSFS-authored publications, news releases and feature stories. Under the direction of the Associate Director of Communications and Communities, this position helps with communications planning to promote CSFS projects, programs and other initiatives and oversees the agency’s public relations calendar. This position develops and evaluates social media strategies and directly manages social media channels, email newsletters and content for the CSFS website. The Communications Manager is responsible for supervising the work of two staff members and their associated programs: 1) graphic design, publications and brand management, and 2) video production, photography and content development. This position may also supervise hourly and/or student staff members as well.

Supervisory Forester of Science and Data – Gunnison

Under the supervision of the Area Manager, the Supervisory Foresters are responsible for general administrative duties and the direct oversight, management, development, and implementation projects within one or more of the following functional areas:

  • 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.

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 RAI

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

No openings at this time. Please check back later.

Seasonal Employment

Seasonal Foresters (2-3 positions) (400 KB PDF)Location: State Forest Field Office – Gould, Colo.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Cruising and data collection for forest-wide inventory
  • Cruising and data collection for projects focused on watershed protection and climate change
  • Chainsaw operation – thinning, firewood, and defensible space work
  • Assisting with timber sale layout – cruising, boundary delineation, and marking
  • Various GPS and GIS applications
  • Assisting with assessment and treatment of insect and disease projects
  • General labor – rock headers, fences, facility and equipment maintenance, minor construction projects, etc.

For more information and to apply, view the State Forest Seasonal Announcement (400 KB PDF)


Alamosa Internship (200 KB PDF)

Communications Internship (200 KB PDF)

Durango Internship (200 KB PDF)

FIA Internship (200 KB PDF)

Grand Junction Internship (200 KB PDF)

Salida Internship (200 KB PDF)

State Forest Internship (200 KB PDF)

Woodland Park Internship (200 KB PDF)

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