Job Detail

Organization: Colorado State University
Title: Conservation GIS Specialist - Fort Polk, Louisiana
Location: Fort Polk, Louisiana

Posted: 2023-02-21
Application Deadline:

Position Description:

Conservation GIS Specialist - Fort Polk, Louisiana

Position Location Fort Polk, Louisiana
Work Location Position is fully in-office/in-person
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202300056AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Research Associate II
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $50,000 - $55,000

Employee Benefits
Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas: &

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 03/06/2023

Description of Work Unit
CEMML is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU). CEMML applies the latest and most appropriate science to promote the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on Department of Defense (DoD) and other public lands. We provide technical support, conduct applied research, and offer career development and learning opportunities to support resource stewardship. We collaborate with our sponsors and within CSU to resolve complex environmental issues, leaving a legacy of science-based decisions that sustain our resources for future generations.

To learn more about CEMML’s contributions to land management, our mission, vision, and values, visit

Position Summary
The Conservation GIS Specialist is a Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) Team member and Colorado State University employee who is stationed in Louisiana. Fort Polk is located in west-central Louisiana among the longleaf pine forests of the Kisatchie National Forest. In this role, The Conservation GIS Specialist serves as an independent cooperator to provide Geographic Information System (GIS) support necessary for Fort Polk to implement management guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures of Conservation Branch programs through the following program areas: Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan (INRMP), Threatened and Endangered Species, National Environmental Policy Act ( NEPA), Maneuver Damage and Mitigation Monitoring, and Forestry. There may be times when support is needed for other programs, such as Cultural Resources or others. This position provides GIS support to the Fort Polk Conservation Branch. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: GIS training for Team members, feature class development/editing, cartographic support, data management within ESRI ArcGIS/ArcPro, geodatabase management, spatial analysis, and high-level data calls to support Fort Polk decision making.

The Conservation GIS Specialist works in a dynamic atmosphere and supports a wide variety of environmental program areas to ensure that Fort Polk is mission-ready. This level of support requires working with a variety of Teams and individuals. As a supervisor, the Conservation GIS Specialist will oversee and support several CEMML Team members, this includes, but is not limited to, the following: daily communication, time approvals, leave approvals, coordination for purchase requests, general support to ensure CEMML Team members are prepared for their jobs, and potentially coordination with the Project Principal Investigator for disciplinary actions. There will also be administrative requirements for the position which may include: support on hiring committees, routine reporting, and routine supervisor meetings with the project Principal Investigator.

It is expected that the Conservation GIS Specialist will be able to pass a Background Investigation and be able to maintain a security clearance.

Beginning Monday, August 16, 2021, Colorado State University has mandated vaccinations against COVID-19. Faculty and staff are required to submit their vaccine status or declare an exemption. More information about the vaccination mandate can be found on the CSU COVID-19 Information & Resources site here,

Required Job Qualifications

• BS in environmental science, geography, or related field.

• Three (3) years of working GIS experience.

• Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

• Greater than three years of working GIS experience.

• Proficiency with database software and management, greater than 2 years experience.

• Experience with GIS metadata development and archival.

• Experience with Quality Assurance Plans, preferably GIS-related.

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite.

• Prior experience acting as a supervisor.

• Experience working with and supporting multiple project Teams.

• Experience working on/within military installations.

Diversity Statement
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties
Job Duty Category Geospatial Information System (GIS) work
Assist with execution aspects IAW all Conservation Branch Management Plans and Program(s) Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) time-lines and cooperative agreements.
Provide technical support and assist project coordination with various ENRMD staff and other concerned parties, including but not limited to the Endangered Species Section, Cultural Resources Section, Integrated Pest Management Section, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Section, Maneuver Damage, Sustainable Environmental Monitoring Program, other ENRMD branches, and other Fort Polk directorates.
Percentage Of Time 35

Job Duty Category Coordination with personnel
Coordination of installation efforts to manage GIS data for the ENRMD Conservation Branch.
Coordinate with various ENRMD staff and other concerned parties, including but not limited to the Endangered Species Section, Cultural Resources Section, Integrated Pest Management Section, National Environmental Policy Act Section, other ENRMD branches and other Fort Polk directorates.
Percentage Of Time 10

Job Duty Category Document prep and review
Development, review and update of Conservation Branch Management Plans and SOPs for annual CB approval.
Assist with annual support for developing database layer and maps for sections within Conservation Branch Management Plans and SOPs and participate in the preparation and review of other documents such as but limited to environmental analysis for proposed actions and preparation of various levels (Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements, and Record of Environmental Consideration) of NEPA documentation.
Percentage Of Time 5

Job Duty Category Database updates
Attend and participate in monthly meetings with all Conservation Branch Programs [Cultural Resources, Pest Management, NEPA (Maneuver Damage and SEMP), INRMP, and Endangered Species] to ensure database layers are current, compliant, and accurate IAW with all Quality Assurance Plans (QAPs), Management Plans and SOPs.
Percentage Of Time 15

Job Duty Category Reviews
The government may provide technical reports and documents for review during the performance period for technical review.
Review these documents and report comments and recommendations IAW due dates and established Installation SOPs.
Percentage Of Time 5

Job Duty Category Reporting
Tracking, updating, and reporting Common Levels of Support (CLS), and annual SOP reports IAW appropriate format and timetables.

Percentage Of Time 5

Job Duty Category Meetings, scheduling, training
Weekly and monthly meetings for planning execution aspects of monitoring and managing Conservation Branch Programs and GIS data layers.
Attend meetings and conferences to coordinate, brief, and gather information for the Conservation Branch.
May additionally attend public meetings in support of public scoping requirements under NEPA and prepare and maintain informative displays.
Attend all required meetings as determined by the ACOR and provide all pertinent information within one business day or as required.
Meetings and conferences to be approved by the Fort Polk ACOR.
Percentage Of Time 5

Job Duty Category Equipment inventory and maintenance
Track and record equipment location and use as appropriate.
As appropriate, conduct required inspections and maintenance/cleaning on vehicles, equipment, dispatches, and government provided office space IAW timelines and Installation SOPs.
Percentage Of Time 5

Job Duty Category Supervision
Supervises 4 CEMML staff in the Conservation Branch, approves time, requests over time, submits purchase requests
Percentage Of Time 10

Job Duty Category Deliverables
Provide deliverables as defined in SOW
Percentage Of Time 5

Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Apply no later than March 6, 2023, for full consideration at Mailed or emailed applications will not be accepted.

Upload each of the items below individually as a Word Document (.doc), PDF (.pdf), or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Please note that incomplete applications cannot be considered. Please remove social security numbers and birth dates from application materials. A complete application consists of:
Statement of Qualifications (one-page letter addressing each qualification described in the announcement) uploaded in the ‘Cover Letter’ slot.

• Resume

• References – please include within your application contact information for 3 professional references including at least one supervisor.

• References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Special Requirements/Other - Must be able to comply with all applicable regulations to obtain a Department of Defense Common Access Card (CAC) and public trust clearance. Furthermore, candidates are required at a minimum to complete a NACI/SF85 and successfully pass a federal background check

Search Contact Christopher Herron ([email protected])

EEO Statement
Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, [email protected]

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, [email protected]

The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, [email protected]

Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education.

Background Check Policy Statement
Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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