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Data Analytics Position with Family Forestry Research Center Announced

Posted: September 3rd, 2015
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UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST FAMILY FOREST RESEARCH CENTER

DATA ANALYTICS POSITION DESCRIPTION

A. GENERAL SUMMARY OF POSITION:

The employee will work collaboratively with Drs. Brett Butler and David Kittredge and other

members of the Family Forest Research Center (FFRC; www.familyforestresearchcenter.org).

The FFRC is a joint partnership between the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the

U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station dedicated to increasing our understanding of

family forest owners. The work of the Data Analytics person will focus on efforts related to

the U.S. Forest Service’s National Woodland Owner Survey (NWOS;

www.fia.fs.fed.us/nwos).

B. EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

The employee will work collaboratively with other FFRC members to develop tools and

methods to aid in the implementation, analysis, and interpretation of the NWOS. These efforts

will focus on: survey implementation automation; survey response processing; estimating

population-level attributes; generating camera-ready tables; tools for custom analyses; and

documentation. Efforts will be developed using a combination of R scripts/packages, LaTeX,

and other software packages.

C. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Strong aptitude for coding and programming. Demonstrable experience with R or an

equivalent statistical or coding software package. Desire to work in a team environment.

While not required, exposure to private forestry issues, experience with statistical sampling

and estimation procedures, or experience with survey implementation would be beneficial.

D. SALARY:

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

E. APPLICATION PROCESS:

Candidates should submit:

• A letter describing qualifications and experience,

• Curriculum vitae,

• Copies of college transcripts, and

• Names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three references.

Applications materials should be sent to: info@familyforestresearchcenter.org.


F. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Contact: Brett Butler (bbutler01@fs.fed.us; 413-545-1387)

Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2015 and the selected candidate will begin as

soon as possible.

The University of Massachusetts is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women

and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.