Natural Resources Scientist-Senior Limited Term Employment

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Division of Forestry

This position will manage and analyze datasets and data requests for a wide variety of forestry research projects within the Division of Forestry, Forest Ecology and Economics section. Current projects are diverse and 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 skillset. Research within the section could include but is not limited to an assisted migration study in collaboration with the USFS to determine viable climate change mitigation techniques, a study of deer impacts on forest regeneration, and a collaborative study to determine the effects of mycorrhizal associations on forest health and small mammal communities. The highly collaborative nature of our research requires a data scientist with experience collating data from a wide variety of sources, working independently and as part of a team, statistical analysis, and building and maintaining databases to be utilized by internal and external partners.

60% Data analysis and management

  • Building and managing project-specific databases
  • Writing and executing queries
  • Statistical analysis
  • Spatial analysis

40% Data summarization and report writing

  • Creating literature synthesis reports
  • Creating ‘white papers’ summarizing the results of research for dissemination
  • Creating summaries of ongoing projects
  • Creating reports required by grant funded projects
  • Assisting in preparing peer reviewed scientific manuscripts


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