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

Experiential Learning Specialist

Location: Fort Collins, CO

Under the supervision and guidance of the Associate Director of Science and Data in collaboration with the Department Head of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship (FRS) the Academic Liaison and Experimental Learning Specialist will facilitate collaboration among the Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR)/Colorado State University (CSU) academic and research programs, other universities and colleges, and the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS). The Academic Liaison will help position the CSFS as a regional leader in science-based, climate adaptive forest management practices by ensuring that field practices are based on the best available science. Core functions of this position include: providing leadership, facilitating and coordinating student internships and relevant experiential learning opportunities for students; developing and instructing silviculture and forest ecology courses for the Online Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Silviculture; instructing forestry field skills courses within the FRS department; translating climate change-related research and general science synthesis; and supporting key CSFS strategic planning initiatives. Additionally the Academic Liaison will supervise and mentor students and have a support role in advising the student chapter of the Society of American Foresters. 

Forestry Communications Specialist

Location: Fort Collins, CO

Under the strategic direction of the Communications Manager, the Forestry Communications Specialist is responsible for ongoing, detailed coordination and tasks required to create content in conjunction with forestry experts, writers, editors, videographers, internal and external contractors and others. This position will distill complex scientific material from interviews and technical reports into engaging, compelling multimedia content to communicate with lay audiences. The communications specialist will create appropriate media products (including but not limited to feature articles for print and online publications, videos, podcasts, story maps, e-newsletters and social media posts) that further the mission of the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS). This position may also travel to events to take photos and video and will coordinate other projects as assigned.

Forest Carbon Specialist

Location: Fort Collins, CO

Under the supervision and guidance of the Forest Monitoring Manager the Forest Carbon Specialist will lead the development and application of carbon co-benefit framework for project-level forest management practices, and a carbon accounting framework for the state of Colorado. The Forest Carbon Specialist will help position the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) as a regional leader in science-based, climate adaptive forest management by ensuring that field practices are based on the best available science. Core functions of this position include: providing leadership in forest carbon science; data analysis, translating carbon and climate change-related research; developing trainings; general science synthesis; and supporting key CSFS strategic planning initiatives. Additionally the Forest Carbon Specialist will supervise and mentor hourly staff and students on an as-needed basis. The Specialist will collaborate with other programs in the CSFS Science and Data Division, other CSFS Divisions, and external partners and collaborators to meet program goals and objectives. 

Open Pool

As of Aug. 11, 2022, we are actively hiring foresters from the Open Pool for the Golden, Franktown, Steamboat Springs and Boulder Field Offices.

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 – Open Pool

Locations: Boulder, Fort Collins, Franktown, Golden, Canon City, La Veta, Woodland Park, Alamosa, Durango, Gunnison, Montrose, Salida, Grand Junction, Granby, Frisco, Steamboat Springs, Gould/State Forest CO

The Colorado State Forest Service accepts applications on an ongoing basis from individuals who are interested in obtaining a full or part-time Forestry Technician position, to work within one or more of CSFS programs. Forestry Technician positions will be hired from this general pool announcement periodically dependent on funding and work needs. These positions will be hired under temporary worker authorizations and may last up to 3 years. In your application materials, please provide a list of any relevant experience or coursework relevant to the program areas listed below.

Under the supervision of a Supervisory Forester or Forester, the Forestry Technician position will work to support and deliver CSFS services in one or more of the following program areas:

  • Forest management
  • Forest agriculture
  • Forest stewardship planning
  • Urban and community forestry
  • Wildfire mitigation & fuels treatment
  • Insect and disease
  • Fire Wise & Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • Special projects as assigned
  • Grant program management
  • Outreach & education programs
  • Pile burning on state lands
  • Community/HOA assistance
  • Federal, state, and local government forest management projects

Forester – Open Pool

Locations: Boulder, Fort Collins, Franktown, Golden, Canon City, LaVeta, Woodland Park, Alamosa, Durango, Gunnison, Montrose, Salida, Grand Junction, Grandby, Steamboat Springs, Walden

The Colorado State Forest Service accepts applications on an ongoing basis from individuals who are interested in obtaining full or part-time, Forester positions to lead and serve as the representative for one or more of CSFS programs. Forester positions will be hired from this general pool announcement periodically dependent on funding and work needs. In your application materials, please provide a list of any relevant experience or coursework relevant to the program areas listed below.

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

INTERNAL – Two Foresters 

Location: Granby and Colorado State Forest

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 lands 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

Apply by Dec. 12, 2022


If at any time 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

Student Assistant, Communications and Outreach

Location: Fort Collins, CO

Job description and duties

  • Create content for Colorado State Forest Service social media channels, specifically Instagram
  • Assist with outreach-related events, booth staffing and educational fairs as needed
  • Update and organize digital images
  • Assist with office tasks supporting the Communications & Communities Division

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Student Researcher

LOCATION: CSU Campus, working remotely

HOURLY PAY RATE: $17.00

START DATE: January 30, 2023

CLOSING DATE: January 6, 2023

Description of the Position

The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) Student Researcher role provides the opportunity for students interested in a career in Forestry, or Natural Resources in general, to gain experience working on contemporary questions about Forestry in Colorado by contributing to an on-going project.

The position is based within the Science and Data Division of the CSFS and will work with a remote team, allowing for flexibility in location. The focus will be supporting the Colorado Statewide Biomass Assessment, specifically the section quantifying how much woody material is in Colorado’s Forests. A variety of approaches may be applied, and could include use of Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data, Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS), and/or standard GIS methods.

We are seeking a part-time student hourly employee who is detailed oriented, collaborative, and an excellent communicator. Of special interest are applicants who demonstrate a capacity to learn new skills semi-independently, think critically, and serve as effective team members.

Minimum Requirements

  • Flexible yet able to follow work policies and procedures
  • Experience working as an effective team member
  • Good academic standing with Colorado State University (GPA > 2.0)
  • Previous course work in one of the following (or equivalent): Natural Resources; Forest and Rangeland Stewardship; Geography; Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology; Restoration Ecology; Ecosystem Science and Sustainability; or Watershed Science.
  • Experience with ArcGIS products, specifically ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online or coursework in GIS
  • This is a Student Hourly position. Please confirm your eligibility in your application materials

Preferred Experience

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience using collaborative tools such as OneDrive and cloud based Microsoft Office programs
  • Familiarity with Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data
  • Previous experience with Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS)
  • Ability to utilize R with tabular and spatial datasets

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Complete data preparation and transcription tasks
  • Contribute to data processing tasks in collaboration with Biomass Research Associate
  • Communicate progress and challenges on a regular basis
  • Annotate and provide thorough metadata for data sets, articles and other sources
  • Independently research/gather inputs for models and GIS Products
  • Read Peer-Reviewed articles related to data acquisition and analysis methods
  • Organize files of multiple formats following provided best practice/architecture
  • Other duties as assigned

Schedule

Four to 10 hours per week. Working hours are flexible, with the expectation that two hours each week will be completed during regular office hours, this time will include a weekly meeting with collaborators.

To Apply

Please send electronic versions of the application materials to: maria.gaetani@colostate.edu

  1. Cover letter: The cover letter must include the following information: your interest in and qualifications for this position, and a statement about what diversity and inclusion means to you and why it matters in the workplace.
  2. Resume
  3. Unofficial CSU transcript

For questions regarding the position, please contact:
Maria Gaetani
Colorado State Forest Service
(970-305-2425)
Maria.Gaetani@colostate.edu

 

Seasonal Employment

POSITION TITLE: Seasonal Forester (2-3 positions)

LOCATION: State Forest Field Office (Gould, CO)

HOURLY PAY RATE: $17.50 per hour (depending on experience) – dormitory style housing and utilities provided

EMPLOYMENT DATES: Late May 2023 through August 2023 (start and end date may be variable)

CLOSING DATE: Applications will be considered until all vacancies are filled, however materials should be received by February 17, 2023, for full consideration.

Minimum Requirements

  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date
  • Pursuing or completed degree in forestry or related natural resources field
  • Ability to (or willingness to learn how to) operate a manual transmission vehicle
  • Ability to operate 4-wheel drive vehicles in variable weather and road conditions
  • Ability to (or willingness to learn how to) operate chainsaws/misc. logging equipment, forestry equipment, and perform strenuous outdoor work in a variety of weather conditions
  • Ability and willingness to work long hours with occasional evening and weekend duties (work based on a 40-hour work week)
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team

Conditions of Employment

  • This position requires hiking and carrying filed equipment most hours of the workday
  • Occasional camping will be required
  • The employee should be able to work in adverse weather conditions, steep/rough terrain, and with minimal supervision

Preferred Experience

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and written
  • One season of field experience
  • Experience in the use of Microsoft Suite, ArcGIS Suite, Avenza or GPS

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Cruising and data collection for forest-wide inventory
  • Scouting and treatment layout for projects focused on watershed protection and climate change
  • Field support on Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change projects
  • 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, construction projects, etc.

To Apply

Please send electronic versions of the application materials to CSFS_StateForest@mail.colostate.edu.

Resume, cover letter, and three (3) professional references

For questions regarding the position, please contact:

Blair Rynearson
Colorado State Forest Service
59228 State Hwy 14
Walden, CO  80480
(970) 723-4505

CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer. Colorado State University conducts background checks on all final candidates. 

 

 

Internships

The CSFS partnered with the Dean’s Office at Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR) in 2018 to develop a summer internship program that offers paid internships to WCNR students. Each fall, CSFS Field Offices as well as divisions within the CSFS create proposals for summer interns that offer experiential internships to students. There is usually of mix of internships: some look for students with more WCNR coursework to take positions and others look for students across a range of coursework experience. Positions are 6 weeks or 12 weeks long to accommodate summer coursework requirements for WCNR students. These positions are usually open for applications after the start of CSU’s Spring semester. Contact Ethan Bucholz for more information. Internships include but are not limited to the following positions:

  • Private land forest management assistance
  • Wildfire risk reduction and mitigation
  • Collaborative approaches to forest management
  • Forest inventory and analysis
  • Environmental education
  • Public lands management
  • Geographic information systems analysis

The CSFS occasionally has funding for internships for work during Fall and Spring semesters. Watch for these announcements in classes and from various student groups. Also, check with career services at WCNR.

Current Positions

No openings at this time. Please check back later.

Student Volunteers

The Colorado State Forest Service Seedling Nursery has opportunities for students to volunteer. Contact Orion Aon for more information about volunteering in the nursery, located on the Foothills Campus.

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