Family Forest Research Center

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking a full-time Research Fellow to aid in the implementation of the Timber Products Output Survey (TPO; The TPO is the USDA Forest Service’s official survey of primary wood processing mills and a critical source of information on the number, size, and types of mills in a state, and the volume of roundwood received by product, species and geographic origin. This survey also quantifies the volume, type and disposition of wood residues generated during primary processing. The Research Fellow will work as part of a team of UMass and Forest Service researchers with extensive experience implementing surveys of mills and private landowners through the Family Forest Research Center.

The Research Fellow will aid in all stages of data collection and processing, with a focus on survey implementation, data editing, and data processing. The successful candidate will send surveys to mills, in addition to conducting phone surveys when needed. Data editing and processing will also be a focus of the position. Reporting and analysis responsibilities may include spatial analyses, nonresponse assessments, and traditional parametric and non-parametric statistical analyses and associated writing.

Some travel visiting mills in the Northern region is possible along with the possibility of attending relevant regional professional meetings.

In addition to these core responsibilities, the Research Fellow will have the opportunity to engage in the research process in collaboration with other members of the UMass team and the Forest Service TPO groups.

UMass Amherst is an affirmative action / equal opportunity institution. The University is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. To that end, we strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.

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