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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Employment Announcement


Contact: Andrew M Stoltman

Location: GEF2 DNR Central Office, 101 S Webster Street, Madison, WI 53703

Telephone Number: (608) 266-9841

Hourly Rate: $19.000 per hour. -24.480 depending on qualifications

Duration: Job starts approximately February 15, 2015

Job Description: Urban Forest Inventory Specialist

This position serves as the Urban Forest Inventory Specialist in the Bureau of Forestry Business Services. Under general supervision, the Urban Forest Inventory Specialist works under the guidance of the Forest Products Services Team Leader and Urban and Rural Forest Inventory Analyst within the Bureau of Forestry Business Services. As part of a team, this position will lead the development of an integrated urban forest inventory program using fixed ground plots, remotely sensed canopy data and existing data aggregation to provide urban forest data and analysis to resource managers.

The work will include collaboration with researchers to develop a classification system of remotely sensed data to measure urban forest canopy cover, the creation of a database to collate data from existing urban tree inventory data, definition of parameters for a statewide plot-based urban forest inventory, creating queries and reports from these urban forest datasets, and using GIS to spatially analyze these data.

This position will be responsible for consultation with numerous internal and external WDNR clients. Occasional travel within the state is required. Specific Duties:
Under general supervision:

40% Implement a remotely sensed urban forest canopy classification.
- Collaborate with researchers to develop a classification system for remotely sensed data of urban forest canopy in the State of Wisconsin. This could include SPOT, LANDSAT and/or NAIP images.
- Classify remotely sensed data using ENVI software to help assess urban forest canopy extent.
- Aid the field verification ('ground-truthing') of that classified raster dataset and assess the accuracy of the dataset.
- Spatially analyze the classified data using ArcGIS.

30% Evaluate and implement methodologies for collecting and reporting urban forest inventory data.
- Evaluate databases for the collection, collation and analysis of urban tree inventory data.
- Collect varied municipal urban tree inventory data.
- Prepare data so that it may be aggregated into a database with other varied data sources.
- Design and create queries and reports from the aggregated database.
- Analyze the results of database output.

20% Assist in the development of a statewide, plot-based, continuous urban forest inventory based on FIA methodology. Work with DNR and Forest Service staff to define the study area, intensity, and methodology of a plot-based urban forest inventory.

10% Synthesize data from varied urban forest and canopy datasets to spatially analyze, map, and report on those combined datasets.

Knowledge Required: Applicants must have sufficient training and experience to demonstrate that, upon appointment, the skills and knowledge necessary to perform the tasks have been acquired. Examples include:

- Working knowledge of Microsoft Access software, and management, creation and maintenance of databases is required.

- Training in remotely sensed image classification.

- Working knowledge of ENVI or related software.

- Training in GIS or related field.

- Working knowledge of ESRI's ArcGIS technologies including experience with ESRI geo-databases, spatial analyst tools, spatial statistic operations, and other data management tools.

- Knowledge of cartographic concepts, and the ability to create maps for forestry staff, partners and the citizens of Wisconsin.

- Experience working on a project team.

- Knowledge of customer service concepts and strategies with strong problem solving skills.

- Good organizational skills and ability to work independently while exercising sound judgment.

- Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing and facilitate decision making in a group context.

- Must be detail oriented and perform tasks with a high level of accuracy.

- Knowledge of forestry and/or urban forestry concepts desired.

- Knowledge of the US Forest Services' Forest Inventory and Analysis program (FIA) desired.

Application Deadline: January 19, 2015

To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter to:

Andrew M Stoltman
107 Sutliff Avenue
Rhinelander, WI 54501
RE: Job Code 9233

Application materials will be reviewed and the most qualified candidates will be invited for an interview.

Additional Information: ***Please include the following information in your cover letter***:

1) Please describe your experience, training and education with geographic information systems (GIS) software (for example, ESRI ArcMAP or ArcINFO).

2) Please describe your experience, training and education with software used for image classification of remotely sensed data (for example ENVI or ERDAS IMAGINE).

3) Please describe your experience, training and education with relational databases (for example Microsoft Access).

Last revised: 8/13/2020