Administrative Professional & State Classified Hiring Process

To hire an administrative professional or state classified position, please follow the below steps. If you have questions, please contact Rita Knoll and Tyler Heyne at and

Please note, all hires require approval from the College of Natural Sciences prior to starting the hiring process. Also: if funding has not been secured, you will be required to provide proof of funding and may not receive approval to start the hire until funding has been finalized with Sponsored Programs or the department.

  1. Please use this link to start your request. Create the position description or update the position description of the person that is being replaced (if applicable).
  2. The department has open pools for Research Associate, Research Scientist, and Postdoctoral Fellow positions. Click here to see our three Open Pools. If you need to conduct a Standard or Accelerated Search, please reach out to Rita Knoll and Tyler Heyne.
  3. Utilize the Office of Equal Opportunity’s Search Resources and familiarize yourself with the process and required policies and procedures for the hiring process.

Please allow up to 6-8 weeks to conduct an Open Pool search/hire and that you watch for email communications regarding additional items needed from you throughout the process in order to prevent delays. Standard and Accelerated Search time frames may vary upon the position and the request.

Hourly Hiring Process

To hire a student hourly, please follow the steps below. If you have questions, please email


It is now a University requirement that students apply through Handshake.

  1. If you would like to post a student position on Handshake, here are the steps to take:
  2. Alternatively:
    1. Work study student(s) can apply to Posting# 3824844.
    2. Non-work study student(s) can apply to Posting# 3824846.
    3. Or, you can  reach out to and request a list of past applicants to our departmental postings. We have a current list for both work study and non-work study students.
  3. Once you’ve identified the student(s) that you’d like to hire, please submit the hire request here: Minimum wage as of January 1, 2023 is $13.65/hour.
  4. Please remember – Do NOT ask students to begin work until after they are hired.


    1. It is now a University requirement that non-student hourly positions be posted in the Talent Management System (TMS).
      1. If you’d like to post a non-student hourly position for recruitment purposes, please email a brief job description to with ‘Non-Student Hourly Posting Request’ in the subject line.
      2. It is important to note that graduating students will now be required to apply through TMS in order to be hired into a non-student hourly role.
    2. Once you’ve identified the individual that you’d like to hire, please submit the hire request here: Minimum wage as of January 1, 2023 is $13.65/hour.



Embracing curiosity as a woman of color in STEM

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Arctic ground squirrels are changing their hibernation patterns

More than 25 years of climate and biological data reveal shorter hibernation periods and differences between male and female hibernation periods.

Introductory biology courses for nontraditional students launching at CSU Spur

This fall, the Department of Biology will roll out its first offerings of LIFE 102 and LIFE 103 biology courses that are based both online and in-person at CSU’s new Spur campus in Denver.

College of Natural Sciences’ Professor Laureate Lecture and Awards Ceremony – April 10

Kim Hoke, professor in the Department of Biology, is one of two 2023 College of Natural Sciences Professor Laureates, and will share her research in a lecture at the Spring 2023 Professor Laureate Lecture and Awards Ceremony.