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Stream Ecology Research Technician

Colorado State University
Job Location:
Fort Collins, Colorado
Laboratory and Research
Position Location
Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position: Yes

Posting Number: 202100984AP

Position Type: Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title
Research Associate I

Number of Vacancies: 1

Work Hours/Week: 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range
$30,000 - $31,200

Employee Benefits

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Desired Start Date

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on

Description of Work Unit

The Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Department expands the frontiers of knowledge through our broad-based expertise in applied ecology, quantitative methods, and human dimensions in the conservation and management of fish and wildlife. We teach students to think critically about environmental issues, and become ecologically literate citizens with the training to be successful in graduate school and in careers with natural resources agencies, firms, and non-government organizations. Our outreach efforts contribute significantly to life-long learning by assisting individuals and agencies to solve complex environmental problems and to be good stewards of our nation's natural resources. 

Position Summary

The Preston Lab at Colorado State University in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology is hiring a stream ecology research technician. The position is for one year, full-time. The preferred start date is October 1 but is somewhat flexible. The position will involve both laboratory and field work, with a focus on processing samples of benthic macroinvertebrates and fish stomach contents from streams in Wisconsin, Colorado, and Oregon. Experience identifying stream macroinvertebrates is strongly desired. The position will also involve supervising student technicians, managing data collection and entry, and experimental laboratory work involving fish, parasites, and aquatic insects. Field work will occur in the summer of 2022 and will involve hiking to stream sites to quantify food web characteristics and habitat variables, primarily in Colorado mountain streams. For more information on the relevant research please see the lab website (

Required Job Qualifications
  • B.S./B.A. in Biology, Ecology, Aquatic Science or related field
  • Experience with aquatic ecology 
  • Must have a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain a driver's license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Experience with stream ecology field work;
  • Experience identifying aquatic macroinvertebrates; 
  • Experience leading a field crew; 
  • Experience working with data in R. 
Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Job Duty Category: Research


Supervise and facilitate the collection of stream ecology data from laboratory samples and field work. Enter and manage the resulting data into spreadsheets, and communicate findings. 

Percentage Of Time: 75

Job Duty Category: Project Management


Communicate with the PI to achieve project goals, including logistics coordination (field logistics, ordering supplies, etc).

Percentage Of Time: 10

Job Duty Category: Supervision


Help supervise undergraduate researchers working on the project. 

Percentage Of Time: 15

Special Instructions to Applicants

Application materials consist of the following:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three professional references
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

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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 or expression, or pregnancy and 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/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.

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 Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

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. 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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