COSA Hiring Spatial Analyst and Decision Support Specialist at Colorado Fo rest Restoration Institute at Colorado State University

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The Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at Colorado State University is now accepting applications for a full-time salaried Research Associate II; Assistant Program Manager; Spatial Analyst and Decision Support Specialist. Please visit for more info, or see the position description here.

Position Summary: The Assistant Program Manager, Spatial Analyst and Decision Support Specialist position is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. 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 spatial wildfire planning frameworks and processes (i.e., Potential Operational Delineations), 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 position is specifically tasked with contributing geospatial technical and analytical skills towards developing and customizing decision support tools that help advance collaborative forest restoration, integrated natural resource planning, and wildfire risk mitigation, response, and recovery decision-making in Colorado and the Interior West. 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.

This position aligns with the university Research Associate series description found here:

To Apply: We will begin reviewing applications on August 15, 2023, and will continue to review applications until a suitable candidate is found. Please submit all application materials online at Required documents to apply: Cover letter addressing qualifications, Resume, unofficial transcript, and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

For more information about the position, contact Scott Ritter scott.ritter


Brooke Simmons


Research Coordinator

Colorado Forest Restoration Institute

CFRI Position_RA II Spatial Analyst and Decision Support Specialist.pdf