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PhD and PostDoc in Forest Biometrics (Deadline: June 15, 2015)

The Forest Biometrics Lab of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, invites applications for 1 PhD and 1 PostDoc position under the supervision of Dr. Bianca Eskelson.

PhD Position
Natural disturbances are expected to increase in frequency, severity, and extent due to global climate change. Quantifying the impact of disturbance regimes on forest resources is necessary for carbon budget analyses as well as for making forest management decisions. The project aims to quantify natural disturbance effects as well as post-disturbance dynamics across a variety of forest ecosystems across Canada using forest inventory data. Different matching methods for making causal inference will be explored. This project is fully funded by a Faculty of Forestry Doctoral Fellowship (FFDF).

The PhD appointment is for 4 years. The FFDF value is $24,000 per year (total stipend of $18,000 + tuition/student fees). The expected start date is January 1st, 2016, but an alternate date could be accommodated.

Desired skills and experience
Candidates for this position must have a post-graduate (masters) degree in in Forest Biometrics, Quantitative Ecology, or a related field. Applicants must have first class standing in each of their last two years of study to be considered (GPA 90% or above) for the FFDF. Applicants must have a strong quantitative background with fundamental knowledge of statistical theory as well as some programming experience using statistical software packages (e.g., R, SAS). Excellent written and oral communication skills are expected. Proficiency in GIS and experience in analyzing large data sets would be assets. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, perseverant, and cogent. An interest in statistical analysis and forest ecology is crucial.

PostDoc Position
Fire is a key component of stand dynamics in interior ponderosa pine stands throughout western North America. In this project, historic data collected at the Blacks Mountain Experimental Forest in California, USA, will be used to describe pre-harvest reference conditions across an interior pine forested landscape (4,000 ha). This will provide historic conditions of stands that were resilient to fire such that large stand replacing fire events were infrequent. High resolution LiDAR data from 2009 paired with current ground data provide the most recent stand conditions at a finer spatial resolution than the historic data. The successful candidate will describe the pre-harvest historic reference conditions and variability of forest stands and will perform spatial analysis of forest conditions and change over 76 years at the Blacks Mountain Experimental Forest. The project is being conducted in collaboration with the Pacific Southwest Research
Station of the U.S. Forest Service. The successful candidate will collaborate closely with one of the Forest Service research scientists.
The PostDoc appointment is for 1 year with a salary of $50,000 plus benefits. The expected start date is January 1st, 2016, but an alternate date can be accommodated.

Desired skills and experience
The ideal candidate holds a PhD in Forest Biometrics, Quantitative Ecology, or a related field, and comes with a background in forest measurements and/or forest ecology. A demonstrated success in publishing scientific papers in forestry, ecology, or other science journals is expected. Applicants must have a strong quantitative skill set with fundamental knowledge of statistical theory as well as programming experience. The successful candidate should be highly proficient in GIS, have proven programming capabilities to process LiDAR returns, and excellent communication skills. The candidate should be self-motivated, and have the willingness and ability to process large amounts of data. An interest in spatial analysis and forest ecology is crucial. Some field work at Blacks Mountain Experimental Forest, California, USA, may be required.

How to Apply
Enquiries and applications including a letter of intent that describes your academic and career goals as well as research interests, a curriculum vitae, transcripts of all post-secondary institutions you have attended, a list of publications (if any), and full contact information for three professional referees who can provide reference letters should be e-mailed to:

Dr. Bianca Eskelson (bianca.eskelson@ubc.ca)
Forest Sciences Centre
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4 Canada

For further information about UBC’s Department of Forest Resources Management see http://frm.forestry.ubc.ca/. For information about the graduate programs at UBC’s Faculty of Forestry see http://www.forestry.ubc.ca/students/graduate/.

Applicants for the PhD position with international credentials may have to provide the results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. For more information on the minimum requirements of admission see http://www.forestry.ubc.ca/students/graduate/how-to-apply/.

Applications arriving before June 15th, 2015, will be given full consideration. Each position remains open until a suitable candidate is found.

All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. If you are an international applicant, please also indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Position Title:             Forest Inventory Analyst

Reports to:                 Forest Inventory Manager

FSLA:                                    Exempt

Location:                    Portland, Oregon

Date updated:            Q2 2015

Overall Responsibilities:

The Forest Inventory Analyst is responsible for working with the other members of the Resource Planning & Analysis (RPA) group to provide inventory support along with some basic GIS support to fulfill needs across GreenWood Resources, Inc. (GWR). Duties include support for both domestic and international properties under management, as well as support for acquisition analyses related to potential new investments. The successful candidate is expected to apply fundamental principles of forest inventory analysis while maintaining the high degree of accuracy and integrity that GreenWood requires. Greenwood supports a very multi-cultural and diverse staff and environment.

Essential Responsibilities:

·         Interact and become proficient with GreenWood’s internal forest management system, including loading new data and editing existing data

·         Produce statements of stand and property level inventory parameters

·         Perform cruise compilation and analysis for newly collected inventory cruise data

·         Perform annual updates for growth, depletions, acquisitions, and dispositions

·         Run inventory change analyses and produce reports

·         Run inventory-to-cutout analyses and produce reports

·         Apply growth and yield models to develop yield tables for forest planning and harvest scheduling analyses

·         Produce basic inventory maps, such as cruise maps and stand maps, for use by RP&A and other groups within GreenWood as required

·         Perform inventory-related spatial analyses including net area calculation, buffering for roads, riparian areas, and wildlife, and possibly other inventory-based spatial analyses.

·         Use a full range of tools to perform inventory analysis and reporting tasks, including:

o       Microsoft Access and Excel, SQL Server databases

o       A variety of public and proprietary growth and yield models spanning a range of U.S. and international geographies

o       ESRI software (ArcMap, ArcCatalog, etc.)

o       Cengea software

Scope:

Work within the Resource Planning & Analysis group under the direction of the Forest Inventory Manager in a team environment to provide high quality and timely analyses for both internal and external company and client needs.

·         Utilize creative, resourceful, and responsible thinking, decision making, and problem solving skills to help the RP&A team meet company needs in an environment of evolving priorities.

·         Interact with GreenWood employees in different countries to understand different information needs and be able to understand and help solve problems across geographies.

Experience and Skill Set Requirements:

·         A minimum of a Master’s degree in Forest Management, Biometrics, or Silviculture plus two years related work experience or a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry plus five years related work experience; Graduate degree preferred

·         Understanding of the fundamental principles of forest inventory and analysis including, but not limited to, sampling, cruise compilation, merchandising, annual updating, cutout analyses, and growth and yield

·         Strong basis of technical skills with relational databases and forest records systems.

·         Familiarity with GIS systems including ESRI/Arc products

·         An ability to think critically and creatively with regards to problem solving in order to help the RP&A team meet company needs in short timeframes

·         Excellent organizational skills

·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Desired Experience and Skills:

·         Programming and scripting tools (VBA, Python, Perl, etc.)

·         Statistical software and modeling tools (R, SAS, Stata, etc.)

·         Experience with international forest plantation management

·         Fluency in Spanish a plus

This position description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with this position. While this description is intended to accurately reflect the position’s activities and requirements, GreenWood Resources, Inc. reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties as necessary.


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