Natural Resource Research Scientist/Forester: Wisconsin

Agency
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry
Location
Madison, Wisconsin
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
$19.86 - $24.82 depending on experience
Last Date to Apply
08/07/2022
Website
https://wj.wi.gov/7064
Description
Position 1, Natural Resources Research Scientist - Senior: This position within the Division of Forestry, Forest Ecology and Economics section will help manage and analyze datasets for a wide variety research projects with an emphasis on data from an innovative project that aims to add greater complexity to homogeneous stands of northern pine. Research will involve creating and analyzing a relatively novel, long-term, and spatially explicit datasets. Research may also include reconstructing fire history in collaboration with the USFS, evaluating effects of prescribed burning on heterobasidion root disease (HRD) infected stands, and oak wilt containment efficacy. Research projects are highly collaborative, focusing on research and application of science to forest ecology and management, which will provide the successful applicant many opportunities to grow and develop a varied skill set. Our research needs require a data scientist with experience working independently and as part of a team, statistical analyses, and building and maintaining databases to be utilized by internal and external partners. Duties include designing and managing databases, assisting with statistical analysis, writing reports and summarizing data for ongoing projects, and manuscript preparation. 70% - Data analysis and management - Building and managing project-specific databases - Writing and executing queries in data software programs - Statistical analysis including development of methodology and use of advanced analyses of data 30% - Data summarization and report writing - Collect and review of information and/or records and synthesis literature - Summarizing the results of research for dissemination - Creating reports required by grant funded projects as well as for sharing updates to managers and administrators within the DNR - Assisting in preparing peer reviewed scientific manuscripts and as lead author Position 2, :Forester - Senior: This position within the Division of Forestry, Forest Ecology and Economics section will also coordinate and conduct a variety of forestry work in the field including data collection and the set up and maintenance of study sites and demonstration areas. This position will collect and maintain spatial data in a GIS and perform spatial data analyses for a variety of forestry projects. This position will also require working and communicating with internal and external partners including USFS, state, and county foresters. The position will use skills and technical abilities related to the development of new, innovative silviculture systems including establishing marking guidelines for managers as well as relatively new silviculture applications of prescribed fire. Other skillsets include the ability to use Arc GIS software and program R (or similar) to review and analyze spatial datasets, independently build geodatabases, and design apps for spatial data collection. The successful candidate will be expected to resolve technical problems and work independently and as a member of a team. 60% - Forestry Fieldwork and Fieldwork Preparation - Coordination and planning of forestry fieldwork - Vegetation measurements - Set up long term demonstration areas - Establish marking guidelines in collaboration with state, county and federal foresters - Coordinate treatments including marking, harvest schedules, and prescribed burning 40% - Spatial database creation, maintenance, analysis - Design and implement spatial data inventory systems - Develop and manage standard geographically based datasets - Data preparation, QA/QC and entry Apply through: wiscjobs@wisconsin.gov
Qualifications
Required: - Proficient in database software and design, analytical software, and Microsoft Office products - Proficiency with manipulating large spatial datasets in a GIS and/or similar software programs - Able to work collaboratively and maintain a positive attitude, curiosity, and self-motivation - Working knowledge and interest in forest and fire ecology - Excellent attention to detail Preferred: - Ability to complete high quality work and adhere to a timeline with little supervision - Familiarity and experience with forest ecology, prescribed fire, and forestry
Contact Person
jed.meunier@wisconsin.gov
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