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Botanical Field Biologist - Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii

Company: Colorado State University - Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands

Title: Botanical Field Biologist - Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii 

Location: Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii

Full job description:

Apply by date for full consideration: 10/16/2023

Salary Range: $40,000 - $43,000


Position Summary:

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.


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


A Botanical Field Biologist position is available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML). This position is located at Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island of Hawaii. The work site is located about 45 minutes from Hilo and Kona. The terrain is very rugged, consisting of extensive lava flows intermixed with vegetated areas. The elevation is about 7,000 feet and the climate is relatively cool and varies from wet to dry.


The Botanical Field Biologist supports activities to manage Hawaiian plant species. Management includes surveying, monitoring federally listed plant species and their habitats, native plant seed collection and propagation, greenhouse maintenance, and outplanting. Invasive species management includes survey and chemical and mechanical control of target invasive species. The biologist collects data and provides written and oral reports. The biologist primarily works as part of a field crew, but also works alone. The position is primarily field work (90%) with about 10% office time.


Some moving expenses may be reimbursable – conditions apply.


Required Qualifications:              

• BS/BA in botany, natural resource management, environmental science, or closely related natural science or four years of work experience in these areas can be substituted for the educational requirement.

• Experience with monitoring plant species and/or vegetation communities

• Demonstrated experience working in remote field locations; ability to walk up to 5 miles per day in rugged terrain carrying materials and supplies under all weather conditions.

• Working knowledge of computers and Microsoft Office Suite.

• 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.


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: &


Colorado State University conducts background checks on all final candidates.


CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer.