Forestry Data Management Specialist

Hiring Organization: West Virginia University
Employment type: Full-Time
Application Deadline: November 15, 2021

The Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design at West Virginia University invites applications for the position of Forestry Data Management Specialist. This position will assist Research Forest staff with data collection, inventory and research database management, and GIS/Remote-sensing databases. Other tasks include activities essential to research and operations on the University Research Forest as well as other lands managed by the WVU Division of Forestry and Natural Resources.

In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will: 

  • Collect information for the GPS/GIS database for the WVU Research Forest and other lands under the management of the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources.
  • Collect timber cruise and research data, checking results for completeness and accuracy. 
  • Develop and maintain necessary databases for operations and research occurring on DFNR forest properties.
  • Maintain all required records, reports, data statistics, etc. as mandated by Federal, State, WVU, DCANRD, and Division of Forestry and Natural Resources policies and procedures.
  • Record, prepare and organize information for reports pertaining to research projects being conducted at the University Forest or other lands managed by the Division. 

Pay Grade: 17



  • Master’s Degree in Forestry or related natural resource field
  • At least 6-months Database management experience 
  • At least 6-months GPS/GIS/Remote-sensing office and field work 
  • Computer skills using forest inventory programs such as cruising software, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, ESRI software packages. 
  • Tree and plant identification 
  • Knowledge of GPS/GIS and remote sensing. Must collect field data and place into a GIS program and produce clear and accurate maps of research areas and harvest boundaries.
  • Ability to understand and follow laboratory and field safety regulations. 
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions relating to research methods.
  • Ability to organize results in logical format for report preparation. 
  • Ability to maintain records and reports.



  • Resume
  • Valid driver’s license 


About WVU 

At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests. 
From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley — the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position. 

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