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 18 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.

Current Employment Openings

Full-Time Employment

Geospatial Data and Analysis Program Manager

Part-Time Employment

No openings at this time. Please check back later.

Seasonal Employment

Seasonal Forester – Colorado State Forest, Walden, Colo. (2-3 positions)


Student Intern – State Forest Field Office, Gould, Colo.

Student Intern – Salida, Colo. Field Office

Student Intern – Grand Junction, Colo. Field Office

Open Pool

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.

POSITION TITLE: American Forest Foundation Research Associate Forester

LOCATION: Durango Field Office

SALARY:  $37,440 per year

EMPLOYMENT DATES:  Employment dates are from March 1st 2021 through September 31st 2021, with potential for term to extend based on funding.

CLOSING DATE:  Applications will be considered until the positions are filled, however materials should be received by February 5th 2021 for full consideration.

Minimum Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree (or greater) in forestry, another natural resources program or related degree is preferred.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.

 Conditions of Employment:

  • Ability to safely operate 4-wheel drive vehicles, forestry machinery and tools; perform outdoor work in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Housing is not provided.
  • The employee should be able to work in steep/rough terrain, and with minimal supervision.

 Preferred Experience:

  • One year of professional forestry experience.
  • Knowledge of western United States forest management practices in the following areas: silviculture, forest management planning, forest insect and disease management.
  • Proficient with the general Microsoft Suite office software products, ArcGIS, and GPS.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.

 Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist AFF Foresters in the writing of forest management plans on private lands
  • Perform site visits with interested landowners and homeowners
  • Track site visits and projects on a shared reporting spreadsheet
  • Assist in outreach effort to landowners in targeted area.
  • Attend & present at video meetings with partners and cooperators
  • Perform various GPS and GIS applications
  • Perform cruising and data collection
  • Assist with other forest management activities as needed
  • Primary work station will be from home. As needed will be allowed to work from the field office
  • Forester will travel to work sites separately
  • Laptop computer and field supplies will be provided to seasonal forester for use in official capacity

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

If at any time during 2021 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

  • 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: Holly Leary
  • Information about becoming a wildland firefighter: click here