Rural and Urban FIA Analyst - Fort Collins, CO

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO
Deadline: 03 Apr 2023

Posting Details
Posting Detail Information

Working Title Rural and Urban FIA Analyst - Fort Collins, CO
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Work Location Position is fully in-office/in-person
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202300527AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Research Associate II
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $62,000 - 65,000
Employee Benefits
Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas: & .
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 04/03/2023
Description of Work Unit
The Department offers degrees in Forest Sciences and Rangeland Ecosystem Management as well as a professional Masters of Natural Resources. Several of the undergraduate programs are accredited by Society of American Foresters and Society for Range Management, which provides an important connection between our department and these professional societies. In addition, the Department offers minors in Forestry, Rangeland Ecology, and Ecological Restoration. Faculty members may also direct graduate students in the interdisciplinary Graduate Degree Program in Ecology ( The Department has over 500 undergraduates and 60 graduate students.
Warner College of Natural Resources houses the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS), one of only five state forestry organizations in the United States still governed by a land grant educational institution. The CSFS and Warner partner to offer unique internship and experiential learning opportunities for FRS students. Moreover, CSFS relies heavily on FRS programs to meet their critical workforce needs.
Warner College is also home to several interdisciplinary centers and programs, including the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, the Center for Collaborative Conservation, the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands, and the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. Warner College is one of eight academic colleges at Colorado State University. The Department and College are active participants in programs and courses at CSU’s Mountain Campus at Pingree Park, a 9,000-ft and 1,600-acre campus and conference center.
Colorado State University is a land grant university with about 27,500 students located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Fort Collins residents enjoy a high quality of life and the city is often rated as one of the best places to live in the United States. The city has numerous bike paths, a vibrant downtown and community, and is adjacent to the Colorado Rocky Mountains, with easy access to many outdoor activities.
Position Summary
This position will provide collaborative analytical and research support on forest and urban forest trends and conditions across the United States and territories. The incumbent will interface with the US Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program at the local, regional, and national levels regarding defining, collecting, processing, maintaining, analyzing, monitoring, and reporting on the status of forest and urban forest conditions. The research activities may include any and all of the following: literature reviews, data analysis, data reporting, protocol validation, methodology streamlining, data certification, manuscript writing, and public presentations to diverse stakeholders, analysts, collaborators, and partners.
Beginning Monday, August 16, 2021, Colorado State University has mandated vaccinations against COVID-19. Faculty and staff are required to submit their vaccine status or declare an exemption. More information about the vaccination mandate can be found on the CSU COVID-19 Information & Resources site here,
Required Job Qualifications
  • BS/BA degree from an accredited college or university in a relevant field (forestry, urban forestry, silviculture, natural resource management, natural resource biometry, etc.)
  • At least three (3) years of work experience in relevant field is required
  • Experience with accessing, summarizing, and interpreting large datasets
  • Experience in data management, data confidentiality, and data security protocols
  • Experience working independently and with diverse teams to complete time-sensitive and data-sensitive work
  • Experience with statistical and geospatial analytical skills
  • Working knowledge of US Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program
  • The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the US by proposed start date; CSU will not provide a visa sponsorship for this position
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • MS/MA from an accredited college or university in a relevant field (forestry, urban forestry, silviculture, natural resource management, natural resource biometry, etc.)
  • Familiarity or experience with PL/SQL; ArcMap or other geospatial visualization software, R statistical software, and Python
  • Experience working with accessing remote databases and collaborating with remote/hybrid analysis teams
  • Field and/or data analysis experience with US Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program, USFS FIA DATIM, USFS FIA DataMart, USFS Urban DataMart, USFS FIA EVALIDator
  • Experience with USFS FIA Quality Assurance/Quality Controls (QA/QC) for field, manual, and data protocols
  • Experience in project management processes and platforms
  • Experience in publishing peer-reviewed manuscripts or technical reports
Diversity Statement
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Quality assurance/Quality control (QA/QC)
Validate plot and protocol design data against the current Urban FIA field guide to for data quality assurance and quality control
Percentage Of Time 15
Job Duty Category Analysis
Analyze, stratify, and distribute urban forest inventory data and estimates using standard FIA data methodologies, functions, and processes
Percentage Of Time 50
Job Duty Category Research
Research and refine FIA field and database methodology for organizing spatial data sets
Research and refine methods to standardize and streamline data for reporting and publications
Percentage Of Time 15
Job Duty Category Collaboration
Work with analysts/stakeholders/partners to ensure data certification and deliverables of value-added highest quality data
Percentage Of Time 20

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Apply no later than April 3rd, 2023 for full consideration at . Mailed or emailed applications will not be accepted.
Upload each of the items below individually as a Word Document (.doc), PDF (.pdf), or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Please note that incomplete applications cannot be considered. Please remove social security numbers and birth dates from application materials. A complete application consists of:
  • Statement of Qualifications (one-page letter addressing each qualification described in the announcement) uploaded in the ‘Cover Letter’ slot.
  • Resume
  • References – please include within your application contact information for 3 professional references including at least one supervisor.

  • References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

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