Forest Economist I (Forestry, Logging & Mill Operations)

Full Time

  Texas A&M Forest Service

  College Station, Texas, United States

Job Description:
Major/essential duties of job: Collect and provide data on the key elements of the timberland property tax formula. Coordinate timberland management costs survey. Periodically analyze and report on the economic impact of the forest sector in the state. Monitor forest market conditions and publish bi-monthly report on timber prices. Value the ecosystem services provided by forestland in the state.

Occasional duties: Organize and conduct educational seminars on timber tax issues. Track timberland ownership trends in the state. Work in a team environment on special studies related to forestry and natural resource issues in the state.

Essential knowledge and skills: Economic analysis, property taxation, and forest policy. Skills in the use of software systems for modeling timber supply and economic impact (e.g., SRTS, IMPLAN) are highly desirable.

Qualifications:
Educational qualifications/training required: Ph.D. in forest economics or closely-related natural resources discipline. Proficiency in MS Office and statistical software. Must have or be able to obtain a Texas driver license within 30 days of employment and have a driving record that meets agency requirements.

Miscellaneous:
We seek a talented and highly motivated Forest Economist to work as a member of the Forest Economics and Resource Analysis team, also consisting of a Forest Resource Analyst (supervisor), Geospatial Analyst, and Wood Utilization specialist. The most competitive applicants will demonstrate: (1) ability to communicate effectively in both verbal and written forms; (2) strong applied research and technical ability; (3) experience delivering economic and policy information using a variety of methods including online tools; and (4) ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

Some work may occur after hours and require out of town travel. Employment is contingent upon the agency’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by agency procedures, including the completion of a criminal history check. Finalists will be required to furnish a copy of official transcript documenting degree conferred. Texas law requires all males 18-25 show proof of compliance with federal Selective Service law to be eligible for employment.

Salary:
$57,000

Benefits:
Health, dental, vision, Life Insurance along with retirement and paid time off and holidays.

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