Full Time/Part Time
The New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute ( FWRI )
seeks a full-time Collaboration Technician to work with
community-based conservation collaborative groups and networks
around the State of New Mexico on organization, administration and
capacity building, and to contribute to building the FWRI’s
Collaboration Program. The position requires a bachelor’s degree in
Forestry, Environmental Sciences, or Environmental Education with
coursework in Human Dimensions, or a bachelor’s degree in a social
science discipline with coursework in natural resources or a
closely related field. Relevant work experience can substitute for
coursework requirements. The Collaboration Technician will work
closely with the Collaboration Program Manager and other FWRI staff
to promote and support collaborative groups and networks in New
Mexico and neighboring states. The Collaboration Technician will
organize and administer sub-regional networks, on the
technologically-driven Connecting for Conservation (C4C) model, and
will link place-based collaboratives and sub-regional networks with
multi-state networks, such as the Southwest Collaboratives Support
Network ( SWCSN ) and the Western Collaborative Conservation
Network ( WCCN ). The job requires working with colleagues in
public agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service and the New Mexico
State Forestry Division; with staff at non-profit organizations
such as The Nature Conservancy and the Forest Stewards Guild; with
farmers, ranchers and soil and water conservation districts; with
businesses; and with landowners and community members in rural,
suburban, and urban areas. The Collaboration Technician also will
coordinate with partners at other SWERI institutes in Arizona and
Colorado, and with partners in the Forest Restoration Triangle (
FORT ) from New Mexico Highlands University and New Mexico State
Duties and Responsibilities
Minimum Job Requirements
- Serve as a technical assistance provider in collaborative
practice in the FWRI’s Collaboration Program;
- Attend face-to-face and virtual meetings of collaborative
groups, and maintain a register of activities each group is
involved in. This will require travel around New Mexico;
- Assist collaborative groups in building collaborative capacity,
keep track of the needs of each group, and of organizations and
projects that provide resources to collaborative groups;
- Provide logistical support for the implementation of varied
collaborative conservation efforts and activities;
- Work productively with federal, state, tribal, and local land
managers, private landowners, representatives from environmental
and conservation organizations, farmers and ranchers,
businessowners, and others who participate in conservation
- Produce materials that can benefit collaborative groups.
Including the creation and maintenance of web-based resources,
including websites, social media sites, and maps;
- Organize and promote sub-regional collaborative networks that
link together collaborative organizations for peer-to-peer
learning, coordination and information sharing;
- Attend meetings of collaborative networks, and contribute to
the activities of these organizations;
- Connect community-based collaborative groups to sub-regional,
regional and multi-state networks, and assist in communications
between these entities;
- Maintain and promote the FWRI New Mexico Collaborative map.
Update the roster of collaborative groups and support organizations
in the western U.S.;
- Develop public awareness of the purposes and accomplishments of
collaborative forest management;
- Coordinate with personnel from the other SWERI institutes, the
Ecological Restoration Institute in Flagstaff, AZ, and the Colorado
Forest Restoration Institute in Fort Collins, CO, and with partners
in the Forest Restoration Triangle ( FORT ), as necessary;
- Represent the FWRI at local, regional, or statewide
- Acquire funding for FWRI activities from federal, state, and
- Maintain regular attendance and punctuality;
- Perform additional duties as assigned by the FWRI director,
deputy director and collaboration program manager.
Candidates must demonstrate the following characteristics:
- Education: A bachelor’s degree specializing in human
dimensions of natural resources, forest management, environmental
science, environmental education, sociology, anthropology or a
closely related field, is required.
- Experience: Commitment to diversity in conservation,
including in the workplace, with partners, and/or in programs and
- Experience: Strong written and verbal communication
- Experience: Proficient computer skills.
Special Conditions for Eligibility
- Demonstrated understanding of collaboration and collaborative
forest management and restoration;
- Experience working with forest collaboratives and networks in
New Mexico and the Southwest;
- Experience in creating and maintaining web-based resources,
including websites, social media sites, and maps;
- Experience working with New Mexican landowners and managers,
and understanding of restoration priorities;
- A proven record of at least six (6) months’ experience working
with conservation collaborative groups, which includes
participating in meetings, planning group activities, and
coordinating collaborative networks.
- Must possess and maintain a valid state-issued driver’s license
(New Mexico driver’s license is preferred), and must complete
defensive driving training.
- Must be willing to travel, at times on remote roads.
- Must be willing to work weekends, evenings and odd hours as
- Must be able to pass a criminal background check.
- Continued employment is contingent upon grant
New Mexico Highlands University has implemented a mandatory COVID
-19 vaccine requirement for NMHU students and employees. For
detailed information, visit Coronavirus ( COVID -19) information –
New Mexico Highlands University (nmhu.edu)
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Desirable candidates will be able to demonstrate:
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
- Knowledge, familiarity, and experience working in the diverse
communities of rural New Mexico;
- Ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse
backgrounds on natural resources issues;
- Ability to communicate effectively to diverse professional and
- Ability to work productively, professionally and collegially
with colleagues and diverse external stakeholders, as attested to
by professional references;
- Knowledge of conflict resolution techniques, facilitation and
- Ability to write technical reports for internal and external
· Sitting: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
· Standing: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
· Walking: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
· Bending: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
· Squatting: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
· Climbing: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
· Kneeling: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
· Lifting up to 20 pounds: . . . . . . . . . . . . .
· Lifting greater than 20 pounds: . . . . . . . Seldom
The mission of the FWRI is to promote practices that advance
adaptive management, reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and
improve ecosystem function. The Collaboration Program complements
FWRI expertise in monitoring, geospatial information systems,
outreach, economics, and ecological restoration. The FWRI is one of
three Southwest Ecological Restoration Institutes ( SWERI ), with
partner institutes in Arizona and Colorado. The FWRI is located on
the campus of Highlands University in historic Las Vegas, NM.
Highlands University, a Hispanic Serving Institution, offers a
comprehensive education to a diverse student body, and Highlands
faculty are actively involved in research, service and outreach.
Las Vegas is at the foot of the picturesque Sangre de Cristo
Mountains and offers small-town charm, a healthy environment and
abundant year-round outdoor recreational opportunities in nearby
national forests, state parks, and wildlife refuges. Santa Fe, New
Mexico’s capital, is an easy 60-minute drive to the west, and Taos
and Albuquerque can be reached in less than two hours.
Work Location/Campus Center
Las Vegas, NM Campus
New Mexico Highlands University is an affirmative action, equal
opportunity employer, making decisions without regard to race,
color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national
origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected
class. We are committed to the University values of diversity,
accessibility, excellence, and responsiveness.
For disabled access or services call 505-454-3242 or email
Visit the link below for more information regarding affirmative
action and equal opportunity:
Equal Employment Opportunity is THE LAW
Posting Detail Information
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicant
Applicants must submit 1) a letter of interest, detailing
compliance with minimum and preferred job requirements and
describing work experience and suitability for this position; 2) a
CV or resume; 3) the names and contact information for three (3)
professional references; 4) unofficial transcripts for all higher
education completed or in progress. In addition, applicants must
complete the NMHU Employment Application. Candidates who are
invited for interviews will be required to submit official
transcripts. References will be contacted in conjunction with
interviews. For disabled access or services, call (505) 454-3242 or
email email@example.com. New Mexico Highlands University is an
affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, making decisions
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability,
or any other protected class. We are committed to the University
values of diversity, accessibility, excellence, and
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
Documents Needed to Apply
- How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
- Public Job Posting
- Internal Job Posting
- Agency Referral
- Personal Referral
- What is the highest level of education attained?
- High School Diploma
- Associates Degree
- Bachelors Degree
- Masters Degree
- How many years of experience do you have in this type of
- Are you available to work in the evening (6 pm to 10 pm)?
- Are you available to work weekends?
- Cover Letter/ Letter of Interest
- Unofficial Transcripts Conferring Required Degree
- Letter(s) of Recommendation