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Research Analyst 4: National Park Service Long-Term Monitoring Data Scientist



IT, Data Science
Posted on Friday, June 28, 2024
Position Information
Department Acad Prog / Student Aff (LCB)
Classification Title Research Analyst 4
Job Title Research Analyst 4: National Park Service Long-Term Monitoring Data Scientist
Appointment Type Classified Staff
Job Location Bend
Benefits Eligible Full-Time, benefits eligible
Remote or Hybrid option?
Employment Category Limited Duration
Job Summary
This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Research Analyst 4: National Park Service Long-Term Monitoring Data Scientist position for the Human and Ecosystem Resilience and Sustainability (HERS) Lab at Oregon State University (OSU) – Cascades.

This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 1 year from the appointment begin date.

This position will be located in Bend, Oregon.

The Oregon State University Human and Ecosystem Resilience and Sustainability (HERS) Lab is a research institution co-led by OSU Cascades and the National Park Service (NPS) that delivers expertise in ecological assessment and monitoring, restoration, and native plant materials to support evidence-based conservation for the 21st century. The HERS Lab hosts the Upper Columbia Basin Inventory and Monitoring Network of the National Park Service (UCBN), East Cascades Native Plant Hub (ECNPH), and the Northwestern Bat Hub on the OSU Cascades campus in Bend, OR. The Lab is hiring one Research Analyst 4 for a 12-month 1.0 FTE appointment, with a possibility for extension subject to availability of funds and/or project requirements.

This position serves as the Research Analyst at OSU-HERS to support an existing project in collaboration with the National Park Service UCBN. The project entails working with staff representatives for UCBN, ECNPH, and Northwestern Bat Hub to implement a coordinated plan of analysis outlined in existing protocols for quantifying long-term trends in existing monitoring datasets collected over the last 20 years for bats and other wildlife, rare plant populations and communities, and wildfire and climate impacts on these natural resources. The Research Analyst will use R and Python programming languages, GIS, and related tools to establish and conduct complex and reproducible analysis workflows, summarize information using maps, graphs, tables, and statistical tools, and report findings in technical reports, peer-reviewed manuscripts, and make recommendations to the UCBN for interpretation and translation into management strategies. The Research Analyst will also be expected to identify needs for and contribute to updates and revisions to existing data analysis protocols associated with the project, and to assist team members in maintaining a dynamic program of quantitative ecological discovery applied to conservation decision-making in and around National Parks and protected areas. The Research Analyst will report to the lab director/project PI and will work closely with the National Park Service and HERS Lab team members to prioritize and complete project tasks.
Why OSU?
Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!

Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We don’t wait for challenges to present themselves — we seek them out and take them on. We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard. We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.


Top 1.4% university in the world
More research funding than all public universities in Oregon combined
1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the U.S.
2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, and Extension programs in all 36 counties
7 cultural resource centers that offer education, celebration and belonging for everyone
100+ undergraduate degree programs, 80+ graduate degrees plus hundreds of minor options and certificates
35k+ students including more than 2.3k international students and 10k students of color
217k+ alumni worldwide
For more interesting facts about OSU visit: https://oregonstate.edu/about


Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.

Oregon State’s beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of America’s best college towns. Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine country. Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.

Total Rewards Package:

Oregon State University offers a comprehensive benefits package with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:
Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.
Retirement savings paid by the university.
A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

Future and current OSU employees can use the Benefits Calculator to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.
Key Responsibilities
This position is responsible for the day-to-day coordination and implementation of quantitative analyses and communication of findings for a portfolio of long-term monitoring projects in and around National Parks and protected areas.

70% Data analysis
  • Participates in NPS research study design teams, often as an expert technical leader on experimental and/or monitoring design trade-offs and best practices.
  • Responsible for complex study designs and analysis. This will include the use of statistical randomization procedures such as the Generalized Random Tessellation Stratefied (GRTS) design approach commonly used in contemporary ecological studies where robust inference and analytical flexibility is required. Analyses of long-term trends in populations and ecosystems where rotating panel designs and unequal-probability design weights need to be accounted for, as well as challenges including imperfect detection and missing data. Approaches required include Bayesian methods with informative priors.
  • Interprets and draws conclusions from analyses that will be used to inform NPS and partner agency management decisions about restoration and conservation actions such as species habitat requirements and efficacies of actions such as herbicide applications.
  • Report findings in technical reports, peer-reviewed manuscripts, and make recommendations to the UCBN for interpretation and translation into management strategies.
20% Science communication and decision support
  • Responsible for refining existing and establishing new analytical and science communication techniques for use with NPS managers.
10% Teamwork, including effective participation in Lab strategic planning
What We Require

Three years of research experience applying research methods, procedures, and techniques in the (agency specific) field; applying statistical and forecasting principles and procedures; planning and designing research projects; writing technical research reports and/or documents; and using statistical computer software packages; OR An equivalent combination of training and experience. NOTE: Some agencies may require experience in using trends (such as social, economical, industrial, etc.).

What You Will Need
This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.
What We Would Like You to Have
MS Degree in Statistics, Quantitative Ecology, or related field.
Working Conditions / Work Schedule
The majority of work will be conducted in office settings, although the position will require occasional travel to field locations in the region. Field visits will be conducted in remote locations and require foot travel over rough terrain in all weather conditions.
Pay Method Hourly
Pay Period 16th - 15th of the following month
Pay Date Last working day of the month
Min Salary $30.45
Max Salary $46.70
Link to Position Description
Posting Detail Information
Posting Number P04789CT
Number of Vacancies 1
Anticipated Appointment Begin Date 06/10/2024
Anticipated Appointment End Date 06/09/2025
Posting Date 04/29/2024
Full Consideration Date
Closing Date 07/09/2024
Indicate how you intend to recruit for this search Competitive / External - open to ALL qualified applicants
Special Instructions to Applicants
This posting has been re-opened in order to expand the original applicant pool.

Applications will be reviewed based on the information submitted on the employment profile with education and work history along with any other requested documentation i.e. posting specific question responses, transcripts, etc. Your profile MUST clearly show how you meet the minimum/required qualifications for the position. Resumes are NOT accepted at the application stage for this position.

Equivalent required experience is based on full-time equivalent (40 hours per week).

PLEASE NOTE: If you have volunteer experience relevant to this position, please include in the Employment History section and note length of time, average number of hours per week and major duties.

Typically, the starting salary is at the lower end of the salary range.

For additional information please contact:
Matt Shinderman,

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

OSU will conduct a review of the National Sex Offender Public website prior to hire.

OSU is a fair chance employer committed to inclusive hiring. We encourage applications from candidates who bring a wide range of lived experience including involvement with the justice system. This job has “critical or security-sensitive” responsibilities. If you are selected as a finalist, your initial job offer will be contingent upon the results of a job-related pre-employment check (such as a background check, motor vehicle history check, sexual misconduct reference check, etc.). Background check results do not automatically disqualify a candidate. Take a look at our Background Checks website including the for candidates section for more details. If you have questions or concerns about the pre-employment check, please contact OSU’s Employee and Labor Relations team at employee.relations@oregonstate.edu.