Position Location
Denver, CO
Work Location
Position qualifies for hybrid/in-office work
Research Professional Position
Posting Number
Position Type
Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title
Project/Prgm Mngmt I
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week
Proposed Annual Salary Range
$65,000 – $70,000 Commensurate with experience
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Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on
Description of Work Unit
The Colorado State Forest Service provides technical forestry assistance, urban forestry technical guidance, wildfire mitigation expertise, and outreach and education to help landowners and communities achieve their forest management goals. The Communications and Communities Division works collaboratively with other CSFS staff and many partners to provide outreach and education to landowners, organizations and communities throughout Colorado and supports and enhances the outreach efforts of CSFS forestry professionals throughout the state. The division also provides administration and oversight of urban and community forestry management programs that directly contribute to the agency’s mission of “the stewardship of Colorado’s diverse forest environments for the benefit of present and future generations”.
Position Summary
Reporting directly to the Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Program Manager, both positions are responsible for providing community forestry assistance and programs to field offices, partners and communities throughout the Front Range or eastern plains of Colorado, integrated with the agency’s broader program of work. The UCF Program Specialists are expected to demonstrate exceptional technical proficiency in urban forestry practices and community engagement.
Both positions operate out of the CSU Spur campus office of the CSFS in Denver, with the potential for flexible work arrangements, including remote work. Candidates must be able to travel to locations throughout the Front Range of Colorado or eastern Colorado and occasionally to CSFS offices in Fort Collins and other parts of the state for meetings and trainings.
The UCF Program Specialists are responsible for delivering urban and community forestry programs and providing technical expertise and support to CSFS field offices and partners throughout Colorado’s Front Range or eastern Colorado. For the Front Range, this geography includes the most populated urban centers in Colorado, from the Colorado-Wyoming border in the north through the Denver area to Pueblo, Colorado, in the south. The UCF Specialist for the Front Range is also responsible for administering CSFS programming at CSU Spur and leading the team of partners at the Community Forestry Hub on the Spur campus. For eastern Colorado, this geography includes the numerous cities and towns on the eastern plains of Colorado. The UCF Specialist for eastern Colorado also serves communities east of the Continental Divide that are south of Pueblo, but its service area does not include the San Luis Valley.
Ongoing duties of both positions include assisting with community forestry projects (tree planting, inventory, canopy assessment, risk assessment, etc.), conducting trainings and workshops with professionals and community members, meeting with city councils and county governments as an advocate for community forestry, coordinating and participating in regional and national community forestry forums, attending and speaking at conferences, administering grants and contracts, supporting the Colorado Tree Coalition and administering Arbor Day Foundation recognition programs such as Tree City USA. Both positions support key working relationships with federal, state, college, municipal and nonprofit partners. Some examples are the United States Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, CSU College of Agricultural Sciences, CSU Extension, CSU Spur and the International Society of Arboriculture.
Both positions will also work with disproportionately impacted communities to help organize urban forestry projects with neighborhood groups, nonprofits, municipal governments and other regional organizations to utilize federal grants for tree planting and other urban forestry projects in historically disadvantaged areas.
Both positions require proficiency in program delivery including but not limited to: recording accomplishments, completing required reports, meeting deadlines, managing grants and budgets, and supporting field operations. The UCF Program Specialists must be proactive in program development; assist others in achieving program accomplishments and communications; forecast program needs; be aware of significant changes in relevant research and best practices; and effectively share new knowledge and information with staff, partners and cooperators. The UCF Program Specialists will serve as CSFS representatives and advocates for forest management and change consistent with the agency’s mission and strategic priorities.
Daily activities include assisting CSFS field offices with program implementation and coordination, maintaining relationships with key partners, conducting workshops, writing and administering grants and contracts, writing reports, providing direction to arboriculture and urban forestry professionals and assisting the UCF Program Manager and Associate Director of Communications and Communities with other special projects as they arise.
Applicants are expected to possess demonstrated knowledge of and relevant ability with culturally diverse communities among potential target and constituent populations.
Required Job Qualifications
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher in forestry, natural resources, environmental sciences, landscape architecture or a related program of study
  • Four years of professional forestry experience, with specific experience in urban and community forestry
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the position start date.
  • The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States before the employment start date; Colorado State Forest Service will not sponsor a visa for this position
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Proven ability to work with diverse organizations, community groups and nonprofits in developing urban and community forestry initiatives, programs and projects
  • Experience working with disproportionately impacted communities or disadvantaged populations
  • Ability to work collaboratively and advance outcomes with internal staff and external partners and cooperators
  • Experience successfully applying for and administering grants
  • Capable of documenting accomplishments, record-keeping and managing budgets
  • Experience preparing contracts and agreements for forest management work
  • Experience organizing, developing and delivering public presentations, workshops, events, publications, and other informational and educational activities
  • Experience writing, reviewing and implementing forest management plans
  • Current International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist credential
  • Commitment to safety, quality, professionalism and excellent customer service
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Basic knowledge of western United States forestry
  • Familiarity with desktop and online GIS and Microsoft Office products and apps
  • Familiarity with spoken Spanish and ability to understand and communicate with Spanish speaking community members
Diversity Statement
Demonstrated knowledge of, and relevant ability with, culturally diverse communities among potential target and constituent populations.
Essential Duties
Job Duty Category
Program planning and administration
  • Facilitate the development and implementation of long-range plans and an annual work plan for UCF programs on the Front Range, in the Denver area and in the immediate area surrounding the CSU Spur campus, or the eastern plains of Colorado.
  • Work alongside neighborhood, local, state, regional and federal partners in the delivery of UCF programs.
  • Collaborate on budget development for the UCF program, including new grant proposals and ongoing grants.
  • Monitor target accomplishments and ensure accomplishment reports are completed.
  • Support CSFS field staff working on UCF activities in the Front Range or eastern Colorado.
Percentage Of Time
Job Duty Category
Technical Field Support
  • Serve as the lead subject matter expert for CSFS field staff and partners in planning and implementing UCF program activities (tree planting, inventory, canopy assessment, risk assessment, community meetings, outreach activities, etc.) on university, municipal and private lands throughout the Front Range or eastern Colorado.
  • Foster integration and collaboration across CSFS programs and field offices.
  • Organize and deliver workshops with professionals and community members.
Percentage Of Time
Job Duty Category
Supervision of Staff
  • Hire, supervise, train and evaluate hourly employees, such as interns and students.
  • Identify and support professional development of employees that are direct reports.
  • Ensure employees comply with all safety and security policies.
Percentage Of Time
Application Details
Special Instructions to Applicants
Interested applicants must submit a cover letter which addresses how professional experiences align with identified required and preferred qualifications of the position, a current resume, and the names, e mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references. In the cover letter please address which position you are most interested in, Front Range or Eastern Plains.

CSU is committed to full inclusion of qualified individuals. If you are needing assistance or accommodations with the search process, please reach out to the listed search contact.
References will not be contacted without prior notification to candidates.

Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License – Successful applicants must have a valid Colorado driver’s license or ability to acquire one upon employment., Travel – Irregular work hours and periodic long days, evening and weekend service, occasional off-district and periodic overnight travel., Special Requirements/Other – Field and office work, both independently and as part of a larger multi-functional division
Search Contact
Carrie Tomlinson, Carrie.Tomlinson@colostate.edu, 970-218-8508
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