Utah State University

Fire Ecology Information Analyst

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 7 months ago(5/5/2021 1:45 PM)
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Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Non-benefited (hourly) Full-Time
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Quinney College of Natural Resourcs
Wildland Resources
Advertised Salary
Minimum $15 per hour, commensurate with experience


The Utah Forest Institute at Utah State University is seeking a full-time (or part-time, depending on candidate preference) technical analyst to start during the summer of 2021. Applications will be reviewed starting June 30th, with applications being considered immediately and until the position is filled. The Utah Forest Institute is housed in the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources at Utah State University.


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.


Primary responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating the development of a Landsat-derived fire severity dataset for all fires ≥40 ha in the state of Utah
  • Training, and supervising part-time undergraduate technicians to assist with this work
  • Checking fire analyses for data quality
  • Preparing summary statistics and analyses from remote sensing and numeric data
  • Updating and maintaining the project website
  • Designing and implementing field sampling to calibrate satellite-derived metrics with actual on-the-ground conditions in all Utah forest types

Some travel will be required to train field crews at the beginning of each field season (camping required) and to coordinate with other Institutes and agencies. The Technical Analyst may join the summer field crews as crew leader, but this is not a requirement.


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


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • MS in natural sciences, physical sciences, math, or engineering
  • Job experience with R, ESRI, MySQL, Dreamweaver, and cloud services
  • Experience with pre-fire and post-fire vegetation and fuels sampling

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

2. Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

3. Transcripts to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-5”


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

Advertised Salary

Minimum $15 per hour, commensurate with experience


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.

College/Department Highlights

See http://utahforestinstitute.org for more information.

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 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. 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 here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


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.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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