The Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology (CSSM) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University (ISU) is seeking a full-time Data Analyst II for the Data Science Services Team. This is a 3-year term position.
This position requires a scientifically minded individual who has:
1) Practical knowledge in natural resources or agronomy.
2) Ability to identify and interpret data from aerial photography.
3) A strong desire to work collaboratively to discuss issues and identify solutions.
4) Significant expertise in applying formal data collection methods/protocols for the acquisition of reliable scientific data,
5) Experience in providing critical review of documents, tables, and output datasets.
6) A broad level of interest extending from managing logistical processes to scientific data collection to detailed statistical analysis of large datasets.
CSSM has over 50 years of experience in providing statistical and logistical support for major national land resource surveys. CSSM staff is composed of individuals having diverse areas of expertise, such as statistics, computer science, ecology, and agronomy. The National Resource Inventory survey (NRI) is a large, national survey effort requiring collaboration of CSSM staff, Department of Statistics faculty and graduate students, and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff. The NRI survey consists of an annual photo-interpretive survey, an onsite grazing lands survey co-sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management, and an onsite cropland survey co-sponsored by the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Each survey has multiple stages of implementation, such as planning/preparation, data collection, and statistical processing/analysis.
The initial focus and primary responsibility of the Data Analyst II is the photo-interpretive portion of the National Resources Inventory (NRI). Additional management responsibilities will follow as the incumbent gains experience. The incumbent will have opportunities to engage in various forms of professional development, as needed.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
-Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of related experience
-MS in Natural Sciences, Agronomy, Bio-Statistics, Statistics, or related field.
-Education or experience demonstrating knowledge of general agricultural and conservation practices.
-Experience with the data collection process for surveys.
-Course work and/or experience in survey statistics.
-Demonstrated experience with interdisciplinary teams.
-Experience with University policies and procedures.