Forest Technician


Forest Technician Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia

A Forest Technician position is available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML). This position is located at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.


The Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands 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


Fort A.P. Hill encompasses 76,000 acres in Caroline County, Virginia, and provides military training in explosives, combat, navigation and orienteering, demolition, engineering, parachuting, equipment drops, weapons use and other requirements. In compliance with Army Regulation 200-1, Environmental Protection and Enhancement, and the installation’s Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP), Fort A.P. Hill manages its forest resources to provide the desired training setting, to maintain exceptional forest health and ecosystems, and to provide renewable forest products and income to the local economy.


The Forest Technician will provide support in the preparation of timber harvest sites for sale;’ establish harvest block boundaries, skid trails, streamside management zones (SMZs), and mark trees for harvest or retention as indicated by the installation Forester; and delineate boundaries, skid trails, and SMZs using GPS. Other duties include conducting forest inventories, the Composite Burn Index survey, the invasive plant study, and the oak survey. Additional survey requirements may include support for cultural resource surveys, wildlife surveys, and aerial surveys for health threats (i.e., southern pine bark beetle and gypsy moth outbreaks). The technician will assist in the preparation of forest sites for timber stand improvement (TSI) activities and implement TSI management actions using a tractor-mounted shredder to conduct pre-commercial thinning operations to reduce the stocking level. Assistance with prescribed burns and wildfire suppression is expected as well as the ability to operate heavy equipment with wheel-mounted or crawler-type traction for maintaining and constructing forest roads and firebreaks. The employee may be required to operate equipment in emergency response operations such as wildfires. The successful candidate will conduct site rehabilitation work in designated areas using a tractor, ATV, disk harrow and seeder to till and plant areas disturbed by forestry activities. Making minor equipment adjustments and performing minor maintenance on tractors and equipment is also required.


The successful candidate must demonstrate U.S. employment eligibility. CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position. A B.S. degree in forestry or closely related field, plus a minimum of two years’ work experience in forestry is required. Alternatively, an Associate’s degree plus four years’ work experience or six years’ work experience may substitute for the degree requirement. Experience in the management of eastern hardwood forests, including, inventory and TSI is required as is experience with prescribed fire and wildfire suppression. The successful applicant must also be experienced in the operation and minor maintenance of heavy equipment such as farm tractors, bulldozers, motor graders, backhoes, equipment transport trucks, and dump trucks.

The applicant must be able to meet and maintain the minimum wildfire fighter qualifications established by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (S-130, S-190, and I-100) and obtain a baseline and annual physical exam and Red Card certification. Additional training and certification requirements of the Fort A.P. Hill Forestry Branch, including ATV safety, first aid/CPR, chainsaw safety, SHARP Logger certification, and Certified Prescribed Burn Manager of Virginia may be required. The applicant must have and be able to maintain a valid class B commercial driver’s license with proper endorsements.


Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.


Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Range is $39,000-$46,000 annually. Continuation of the position is dependent on the receipt of funding from the sponsor for forest management at Fort A.P. Hill.


Colorado State University offers a generous benefits package including 24 days of paid vacation leave, tuition credits, excellent health insurance (including vision and dental), and retirement plans with 9% matching. For more information on Administrative Professional benefits, visit


Prospective candidates should apply online at Apply no later than February 11, 2013, for full consideration. 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 announcement)

2)  Resume

3)  Transcripts (for each degree earned that is listed under qualifications)

4)  Degree Conferral (copy of diploma if transcripts do not include confirmation that degree was awarded)

5)  References (contact information for professional references, including at least one supervisor)

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/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.

POSITION #: APHill/Forest Tech/2/11/13

Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia
Colorado State University
Human Resources