Manager for Natural Resource Atlas Project

University of Minnesota
Duluth, MN, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Junior (0-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Job #315652



Minimum Qualifications:

• M.S. degree in water resources, environmental science, or related fields from a regionally accredited college or university.
• One or more years of experience in database management or analysis of large data sets.
• Programming experience in Python, R, Matlab, JavaScript, SQL, or similar.
• One or more years of experience in Geographic Information Systems.
• One or more years of experience in statistical analysis, including regression, ANOVA and nonparametric statistics using standard programs such as R, JMP and SAS.
• Excellent written communication skills.
• Demonstrated experience to lead by influence, contribute as leader and/or collaborator; experience building networks and demonstrated experience to work effectively in a diverse and multidisciplinary team environment including natural and social scientists.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively in informal and formal teaming arrangements with individuals from diverse communities and cultures.

Desired Qualifications:
• Knowledge and experience working with large databases including ecology, water quality, geology.
• Demonstrated evidence of familiarity and understanding of Northeastern MN and St. Louis River Watershed environmental issues.
• Experience with applying GIS to large-scale problems and use of multiple scale databases.
• Experience with Arclnfo/ArcView and other GIS software.
• Experience in advanced statistical techniques, e.g., CART, random forests, TITAN, and ordination.
• Experience with scientific graphics, particularly use of R-Shiny.
• Experience working with teams of scientists and managers cutting across agency and academic organizations.
• Excellent oral communication skills with experience giving presentations to broad audiences.
• Experience with preparation of web based text, reports, manuscripts, and grant proposals


About the Job


The NRRI is currently seeking to fill a 75% time Researcher 5 position, to contribute to a cross­ institute project to develop a Natural Resource Atlas for NE Minnesota. This position will involve both supportive and research responsibilities as Manager for the Natural Resource Atlas project. Administrative duties will include day-to-day project management, serving as the coordinator across project teams, budget management, organizational support for two advisory committees, and organizational support for one or more data workshops to be conducted over the next 18 months. The candidate will join  a diverse and multidisciplinary team of ecologists, geoscientists, engineers and social scientists and will play a key role in conducting geospatial and statistical analyses with a particular focus on 1) developing a user-friendly, searchable atlas encompassing natural resources in NE Minnesota; 2) conducting statistical analyses relating water quality, physical, geological, geochemical, and biological variables to GIS-derived spatial data sets, 3) developing a decision support interface to guide decision making regarding use of natural resources, and 4) assisting in the implementation of 2 or more case studies to use Atlas data to address a specific question associated with use and development of natural resources in the region . Research is highly interdisciplinary and will involve senior members of the management team, social scientists, engineers, computer and database specialists plus, local, state, federal, public and private partners. Projects may require overnight travel. Other potential projects, contingent upon funding, may be pending with job requirements and duties that are similar to those above, and further proposals based on this project may be developed with the assistance and involvement by the incumbent candidate.

The incumbent will be responsible for:
• 10% - Serving as the liaison between the project team members and project leadership.
• 5% - Supporting the leadership team with the activities of the project advisory committees.
• 20% - Providing expertise in statistical analysis of complex data sets including, for example, geology, water quality, land use, climate, and other spatially-referenced data.
• 15% - Providing expertise in web design, data visualization and data dissemination.
• 20% - Assisting team scientists in designing, maintaining, and disseminating databases for "big data" projects  including, imagery (from: satellite imagery, LiDAR, radar, sidescan and multi­ beam, glider, etc.) and large data sets encompassing, geology, water quality, land use and other spatially-referenced  data.
• 20% - Integrating geological, chemical, biological, and/or physical data to address a variety of research questions associated with decision making related to use of natural resources.
• 5% - Defining and documenting common data formats from biological, chemical and/or physical studies that contribute to modeling and analysis of large data sets.
• 5% - Participating in preparation of web based text, reports, manuscript s, and grant proposals.


How To Apply


Applications must be submitted online. To apply for this position, go to and search for job opening 315652.  Click on the job title to view the job details and application instructions.

Complete applications must include the online application, letter of application, CV/resume, unofficial graduate transcript and name, address, telephone number and e-mail of three references.

The cover letter and CV/resume will be attached during the application process. First submit the application and then return to the “My Activities” page to attach the additional documents.

Final applicants may be required to provide additional information (i.e. Statement on Diversity). Completed online applications will be considered beginning March 1, 2017. This position will remain open until filled.  Desired start date is April 3, 2017.

The position offers a competitive salary starting at $40,698 with a full benefit package.  Salary is negotiable commensurate with education and experience.

Please send any inquiries to Patrice Hell, .

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

Please Note:  If you have started receiving retirement annuity payments from the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) or Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) your eligibility for this position may be impacted. Please contact U of M Benefits at 1-800-756-2363 for any eligibility limitations.

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