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Botanical Program Manager (Pohakuloa Training Area, HI)

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
Closing date
Jun 26, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Botany, Ecology, Biology
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time

Botanical Program Manager (Pohakuloa Training Area, HI)


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: &


Description of Work Unit

CEMML is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of

Natural Resources at 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

A Botanical Program Manager position (Research Associate III Special) is located at Pohakuloa Training Area, (PTA), Hawaii. This position oversees the native plant and habitat monitoring and management program at PTA, including regulatory compliance for over 20 species of plants listed as threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act, as well as additional rare native species and plant communities. PTA is a 133,000-acre Army training facility located on Hawaii Island at 2,500-8000 feet elevation in the saddle region between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes. Position is contingent upon funding for continued CSU support for natural resource management on PTA. The Botanical Program Manager is responsible for managing all aspects of the Botanical Program at PTA to include species conservation and restoration planning; protocol/project planning, design and implementation: supervision of up to 10 personnel: development of annual and quarterly performance goals for self and personnel: report writing and data analysis: and support to NEPA and US Fish and Wildlife consultations. The Botanical Program Manager develops and implements protocols that meet rigorous scientific standards for monitoring threatened and endangered species (TES), evaluating management effectiveness or testing management alternatives. Comprehensive protocols address TES conservation targets, sampling designs and data collection methods; TES threat management/abatement related to pests and disease, fire, invasive plants and plant predators; and genetic conservation for TES including propagule collection, storage, propagation and outplanting. The Botanical Program Manager reports directly to and is supervised by the CEMML Senior Program Manager and works closely with the Ecological Data Program staff and the CEMML Principal Investigator. The position is part of a management team and works with other managers to ensure coordination among program areas at PTA.


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

• MS in botany, biology, restoration ecology, conservation biology, natural resource management, or related degree.

• Three years of experience in program/project management including establishing goals, setting priorities, evaluating progress, and adapting the program/ approaches as needed.

• Two years of experience supervising personnel including performance management, evaluations and staff training.

• Demonstrated ability to develop, implement and refine scientific approaches (sampling designs, methods, analysis procedures, etc.) for survey and monitoring plant communities and populations.

• Proficiency with plant identification using dichotomous keys.

• Proficiency using spatial and non-spatial databases and performing statistical analyses, including basic knowledge of modeling population distributions.

• Minimum three years of experience with surveying, monitoring, and managing native plant communities and rare plants.

• Demonstrated technical/scientific writing skills and ability to clearly convey scientific findings and concepts to a variety of audiences.

• Knowledge of ecological processes and restoration ecology principles.

• Ability to conduct strenuous fieldwork on extremely rugged terrain.

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

• The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. by proposed start date; CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.


Preferred Job Qualifications

• Ph.D. in botany, biology, restoration ecology, conservation biology, natural resource management, or related degree.

• Experience with climate change vulnerability and adaptation for rare plants and native plant communities.

• Experience working with rare, threatened and/or endangered plants in Hawaii.

• Proficient with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) including data entry and management, analysis, and map creation.

• Experience modeling population distributions.

• Prior experience working on a military installation, or with highly structured organizations.


Essential Duties

• Provides leadership to the Botanical Program and actively engages and collaborates with other program managers, the Sr. Program Manager, and the Army Biologist. Integrates scientific concepts related to plant science, conservation biology and ecological restoration into Botanical Program projects, management of ecosystem threats/stressors and climate change vulnerability and adaptation. Provides oversight of staff to ensure accurate data collection, management, and analysis. Sets performance goals for self and staff.. Manages State and Federal permits, including required reporting, for working with TES. Provides recommendations and support to Army-USFWS consultations, integrated natural resource management plans and updates/revisions, and establishes goals, objectives and priorities for the botanical program, in collaboration with the CSU PTA Senior Program Manager. Coordinates and participates in community engagement and outreach events.

• Implements plans and protocols to monitor and manage botanical resources including threatened and endangered plants and native plant communities. Provides oversight and expertise to subordinates to ensure project objectives, approaches and analysis/interpretation are technically sound and consistent with program objectives and needs. Reviews and approves protocols developed by subordinates, in concert with CSU Sr. Program Manager. Meets regularly with staff, consults on activities and progress, and tracks project progress and completion.

• Directly supervises project leads (e.g., field crew leader, propagation specialist, and botanical resources specialist) and indirectly supervises up to 7 biological technicians. Ensures that project leads are using human resources tools/resources such as leave requesting and reporting and hour reporting correctly and consistently. Ensures new employees are oriented to Botanical Program objectives, purpose and SOPs and trained in technical and administrative/procedural aspects. Provides performance planning, regular feedback, and annual performance appraisals. Facilitates training and professional development opportunities for staff. Tracks performance to ensure employee performance goals are met. Participates in employee searches as needed.

• Develops plans and protocols, including sampling designs and methodologies, in support of threatened and endangered plant surveys, monitoring, research, and management of botanical resources. Integrates scientific concepts related to plant science, conservation biology and ecological restoration into Botanical Program projects. Develops and guides development of outplanting/restoration plans and activities. Ensures protocols/projects are scientifically sound. Ensures data are properly managed, oversees and performs data QC, performs statistical and geospatial analyses, and develops modeling approaches in collaboration with other program areas. Writes quarterly, annual, and biennial reports documenting findings and other technical documents that include scientific findings and interpretation of data/results, and progress/status with respect to regulatory compliance for threatened and endangered species. Reviews and provides professional critiques for the Army, as required, of regulatory and other technical documents.


Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Apply no later than June 20, 2022, 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:


Statement of Qualifications (one-page letter addressing each qualification described in the announcement) uploaded in the ‘Cover Letter’ slot.


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

Technical writing sample


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 Common Access Card (CAC). Furthermore, candidates are required at a minimum to complete a NACI/SF85 and successfully pass a federal background check to remain eligible for employment.


Search Contact

Lena Schnell


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,


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,


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,


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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