The Colorado State Forest Service strives to cultivate and sustain an organizational environment that promotes the development and retention of the core skills needed to achieve our strategic priorities and delivery of programs.

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 19 field offices throughout Colorado. Our professional staff offer Colorado citizens 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.

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Open Pool

Forester in Boulder, Fort Collins, Franktown, Golden, Cañon City, La Veta, Woodland Park, Alamosa, Durango, Gunnison, Montrose, Salida, Grand Junction, Granby, Steamboat Springs, Walden.

Research Associate I in various locations across Colorado. Multiple positions – select the items below for details.

Required Job Qualifications

    • A bachelor’s degree in Geospatial Science or another natural resource program with a GIS minor or certificate, or geography with GIS coursework will also be considered.
    • Two years of professional GIS experience is required that includes database management, knowledge of cartographic principles and standards, digitization and georeferencing.
    • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

    • At least 2 years of education and experience in the use of geographic information systems (GIS), including research using GIS data and training natural resource practitioners in the use of GIS and/or GPS applications.
    • Knowledge and understanding of integrated GIS principles, systems, and technologies
    • Proficient in ESRI ArcGIS software and the use of Spatial Analyst Toolbox
    • Previous experience in advanced geospatial data analysis and geospatial statistics in natural resources
    • Experience with Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS)
    • Proficiency with GPS use, mobile GIS applications, and ArcGIS Online
    • Experience in developing training materials and teaching
    • Extensive information technology experience including cloud server systems
    • Basic knowledge of western United States forest management techniques in the following areas: silviculture; harvesting systems; forest management planning; forest insect and disease detection and prevention; community forestry; agroforestry; and outreach
    • Proficient with the Microsoft Suite of software products
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and effectively in teams
    • Innovative, enthusiastic, and creative in finding ways to meet and serve customers, problem solve, and provide technical assistance
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and at a high level of proficiency
    • Committed to safety, quality, and professionalism
    • Capable of effectively documenting accomplishments and record-keeping
    • Understanding of University, State and Federal information management policies and processes

To apply for this position, visit the Research Associate I – Open Pool page.

Required Job Qualifications:

    • A 4-year degree in Biology, Botany, Forestry, Geology, Natural Resource Management,
      or a related-field AND 1+ season of FIA experience
    • Ability to carry a 45+ pound pack while hiking in elevations ranging from 3,000 to
      14,000 feet
    • Completed dendrology course and be familiar with identification of western tree and
      shrub species
    • Have a valid state driver’s license and the ability to pass a motor vehicle background

Desired Job Qualifications:

    • Capable of using GPS units to navigate and collect field data
    • Experience with topographic maps, compass, and aerial photos for navigation,
      interpreting cover types, identifying point locations, and navigating in wilderness
    • Basic proficiency using spatial databases, remote sensing technology (ArcGIS software),
      and Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Office 365,
      SharePoint, MS Teams)
    • Demonstrated proficiency in plant identification and experience with Rocky Mountain
    • Understanding and experienced with basic field forestry skills related to timber cruising
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including working with the public
    • Ability to keep track of weekly work hours and work-related expenses
    • Ability to work unusual schedules with frequent travel
    • Experience implementing diverse ecological, forestry, and fuels field sampling methods,
      and knowledge of sampling equipment, procedures and QA/QC protocols

To apply for this position, visit the Research Associate I – Open Pool page.

If at any time during 2019 you would like to update your information or remove yourself from the pool please contact Tina Little at or (970) 491-8662 so she can reactivate your application or remove you.

Overview of Career Opportunities with the CSFS

Our Staff Include

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

Contact Information

  • Information about the status of your application for a current CSFS posting: Tina Little (970) 491-8662
  • Questions about verification of employment for a current CSFS employee: CSU Human Resource Services – Payroll Office (970) 491-MyHR (6947)
  • Information about careers in forestry: Tina Little (970) 491-8662
  • Information about becoming a wildland firefighter: click here