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11 Dec 2018

Full-Time Ecologist

The Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) – Posted by CEMML_CSU Edwards Air Force Base, California, United States

Job Description

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

The Ecologist position at Edwards Air Force Base will provide support for habitat management associated with the Piute Ponds complex on Edwards AFB. The Piute Ponds complex is a series of ponds that are connected by a series of weirs and are fed by treated waste water. The ponds support a diverse array of flora and fauna, have different features, see different uses (e.g. waterfowl hunting, bird watching, environmental education), and are distinct in their own ways. The Ecologist will update the Piute Ponds Management Plan using scientifically based strategies to develop a set of overall goals and objectives to improve habitat diversity while also creating specific goals and objectives for each pond within the complex to account for their unique features and attributes. The management plan will not just be a plan, it will be a document to be implemented for active management of the ponds. The plan will not only include guidance for flora and fauna, it will need to include details about water management, sedimentation, evaporation, transpiration, and soils. The Ecologist will be required to review the scientific literature supporting the guidance and actions put forth in the management plan. The literature will be cited in the management plan.
The Ecologist will be responsible for coordinating with contractors and overseeing infrastructure improvement projects at Edwards AFB. CEMML will be issuing a construction contract to support earth work projects within the Piute Ponds complex. Objectives for these projects include (1) allowing unobstructed water flow through the Piute Ponds complex, (2) improving infrastructure to support future management activities, (3) allowing proper water flow from Piute Ponds complex to the Rosamond dry lake, and (4) securing board weirs from unauthorized use. These projects may include removal of cattail and bulrush, dredging to direct water flow, improvements to levees, and the addition of, or maintenance of, weirs to control water flow. There are existing designs available from a prior contractor but a Colorado State University Engineer will be reviewing plans and making suggestions for improvement if necessary. The Ecologist may have the opportunity to provide input on the design plans if they have the that experience and skillset. All infrastructure improvement work will need to be coordinated with Edwards AFB, progress communicated on a regular basis to Edwards AFB Natural Resources personnel, and tracked regularly by the Ecologist.
The Ecologist will be responsible for monthly reporting requirements, communicating with the Principal Investigator, and maintaining a good working relationship with all Edwards AFB points of contact. A full scope of work will be provided upon hire. Additional tasks may be assigned by the Edwards AFB natural resource team but must be approved by the Principal Investigator. A computer and field vehicle will be provided by CEMML.

Required Qualifications:

  • M.S. in Ecology or related field
  • 3 years of applicable experience
  • Experience with habitat management
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.
  • Must be legally eligible to work in the United States by the proposed start date; CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with ArcGIS
  • Experience in wetland or riparian systems
  • Experience with project management
  • Understanding of heavy equipment use for habitat improvement
  • Strong writing skills
  • Experience with hydrology work
  • Experience with restoration and invasive species management
  • Scientific background
  • Experience with prescribed fire in a wetland system
  • Experience with soils
  • Experience on a military installation

The Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) has an open Ecologist position at Edwards Air Force Base, CA. For full position details and to submit application materials, please visit

Emailed or mailed applications will not be accepted.

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

How to Apply

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Apply no later than January 6, 2019 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 birthdates from application materials. A complete application consists of: 1) Statement of Qualifications (one-page letter addressing each qualification described in the announcement) uploaded in the ‘Cover Letter’ slot. 2) Resume 3) Transcripts (for each degree earned that is listed under qualifications) uploaded in the ‘Official Transcripts’ or ‘Unofficial Transcripts’ slot. 4) Degree Conferral (copy of diploma if transcripts do not include confirmation that degree was awarded) uploaded in the ‘Other’ slot. 5) Certifications pertinent to position uploaded in the ‘License/Certifications’ slot. 6) 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.

Job Categories: Ecology. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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