Utah State University

  • Data Analyst II (Fire Ecology)

    City Logan Campus
    Posted Date 2 months ago(2/12/2019 6:58 PM)
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
    Job Locations
    Category (Portal Searching)
    Research (non-Faculty)
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Job Classification
    Quinney College of Natural Resourcs
    Wildland Resources
    Advertised Salary
    Salary commensurate with experience and education, plus excellent benefits
  • Overview

    The Utah Forest Institute at Utah State University is seeking applications for a full-time technical analyst to start between April 1st and May 1st, 2019. Applications will be reviewed starting March 14, 2019, with applications being considered until the position is filled.



    The person hired for this position will serve as the principal fire analyst for the Utah Forest Institute reporting to the Director, Utah Forest Institute. Responsibilities will include:

    • Coordinating the development of a Landsat-derived fire severity dataset for all fires ≥40 ha in the state of Utah
    • Hiring, training, and supervising part-time technicians, generally undergraduate students, to assist with this work
    • Developing analysis protocols and systems for data quality control
    • Managing ancillary data in MySQL databases
    • Preparing summary statistics and analyses from remote sensing and numeric data
    • Updating and maintaining the project website
    • Designing and implementing field sampling (first field season 2020) to calibrate satellite-derived metrics with actual on-the-ground conditions in all Utah forest types
    • Communicating with forest and fire managers from the Utah Department of Natural Resources, the US Forest Service, the BLM, and other land managers, as well as technical staff from the Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity program


    Some travel will be required to train field crews at the beginning of each field season (camping required) and coordinate with other Institutes and agencies.  

    The Utah Forest Institute is housed in the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources at Utah State University.


    Required qualifications

    BS in natural sciences, physical sciences, math, or engineering

    Experience with R and ESRI software

    One full summer of field work in ecological research or land management

    Strong interpersonal skills

    Desired qualifications

    MS in natural sciences, physical sciences, math, or engineering

    Employment experience with R, ESRI, MySQL, Dreamweaver, and Amazon.com cloud services

    Supervisory experience

    Experience with pre-fire and post-fire vegetation and fuels sampling

    Knowledge of spectral remote sensing

    Required Documents

    Along with the online application, please attach:

    1. Cover Letter (Please do not attach cover letter. You will be instructed to copy and paste your cover letter in the application) 

    2. Resume


    **Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

    University Highlights

    Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 28,000 students (25,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students) on the Logan main campus, four regional campuses, two USU Eastern campuses, and 28 centers throughout the state. USU offers 162 undergraduate majors, 153 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. The 2018 rankings from Washington Monthly ranked USU as one of the top 30 national Universities and the 5th best public national university in the nation.   As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found at: https://www.usu.edu/about/at-a-glance/.

    The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region. Additional information about Logan can be found at: http://www.loganutah.org/visitors/about_logan/index.php.

    USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement (https://www.usu.edu/president/missionstatement/). USU is an AA/EO employer and
    does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law. Learn more at www.aaeo.usu.edu/non-discrimination. USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program. Additional information can be found at: http://www.usu.edu/provost/faculty-life/dual-career-assistance.cfm.


    Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

    Advertised Salary

    Salary commensurate with experience and education, plus excellent benefits


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