The Colorado Forest Restoration Institute is involved in multiple initiatives that require the customized development and application of spatial data analysis and modeling methods and tools to support stakeholder decision-making. These include quantitative wildfire risk assessments, vegetation condition analysis, watershed assessment and modeling, and spatial valuation, optimization, and prioritization modeling of potential wildfire mitigation and response actions. When developed, customized, and applied in a collaborative setting, stakeholders are often able to identify priority areas for actions. Spatial-analytical methods and tools are also used for tracking, assessing effectiveness, and communicating the outcomes of those treatments. Because of the collaborative nature of these initiatives, the incumbent also should have a general knowledge of the social and political dynamics surrounding western US forest ecology and forestry issues. The spatial analyst is expected to contribute to collaborative planning efforts and to the publication of peer-reviewed journal papers and non-technical products for diverse audiences. This Research Associate II position is specifically tasked with contributing to a program of work that advances collaborative forest restoration, integrated natural resource planning, and wildfire risk mitigation decision-making in Colorado and the Interior West with spatial data production, management, modeling, analysis, and communication. The incumbent will be responsible for spatial data production using remote sensing and field-based technologies (GPS), spatial data management, spatial analysis to support science and planning initiatives, and written and oral communication of spatial data and results of spatial analyses to diverse audiences.
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