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Position: 
Data Analyst/Statistician
Institution: 
Umpqua National Forest
Position Close date: 
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Description: 

The Umpqua National Forest is outreaching for a
permanent full time Analyst/Statistician GS-1529/1530 -09
or GS-1529/1530-11 (target level GS-11). This position
serves as a data analyst/statistician for the programs at
Dorena Genetic Resource Center (DGRC). Dorena is a
regional genetics and resistance testing center, and native
plant restoration nursery located in Cottage Grove, OR.

The Position
The position performs data analyses, summaries, and other
statistical work for programs at DGRC. The position
works primarily in conjunction with the Center Geneticist and program coordinators. The work
encompasses the design, analyses and reporting on many genetic trials, particularly those dealing with
genetic resistance. Both simple basic summaries of many trials and more detailed statistical summaries for
reports or publications are involved. A strong background in design and analyses of biological experiments,
with a basic understanding of analyses of data from areas such as genetics, tree improvement, genomics
and forest pathology/entomology is desired.

Much of the data may include information from on-site trials or multi-site field trials, involving progeny of
dozens to hundreds of parent trees or control crosses. Projects with university or other cooperators may
integrate data from genomic resources to further the understanding of resistance, increase the efficiency of
the resistance breeding programs, or help understand the
geographic pattern of genetic variation and its possible
utilization under climate change. Other projects with
cooperators, generally relating to genetics, resistance, and
susceptibility of tree species to biotic and abiotic agents are
also a component. On-site trials are usually initiated each year
and can run for multiple years, and field trials can be active for
>30 years. The person is expected to build strong, professional
relationships with various Forest Service employees and non-
Agency partners, particularly forest geneticists and forest
health specialists, and to participate in program tours and
presentations at professional meetings.

This position reports to the Center Manager for the Dorena Genetic Resource Center. They work in
close coordination with the Center Geneticist, and other Dorena Program leads to set priorities and
ensure success in meeting goals, targets and objectives for the center.
Your response to this outreach on the attached form should occur no later than January 26, 2022.
Anyone interested in additional information about this position should contact Lisa Winn, Dorena Center
Manager at (541) 767-5701 (office) or (541) 784-6454 (cell), e-mail: lisa.winn@usda.gov, or Dr. Richard
Sniezko, Center Geneticist (richard.sniezko@usda.gov)

Forest Information
The Umpqua National Forest covers nearly one million acres along the western slopes of the Cascade
Mountains in Southwest Oregon. The Forest encompasses a diverse area of sparkling rivers and lakes, deep
canyons, and rugged mountains up to 9,200 feet in elevation. The Umpqua produces a wealth of water
resources, timber, wildlife, fish, minerals, and outdoor recreation opportunities. Included within the Forest
are the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River, a portion of the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, three
wildernesses, the Oregon Cascades Recreation Area, and a very large hydropower project. Also within the
Umpqua is the Diamond Lake Recreation Composite, one of the largest developed recreational facilities
within the Forest Service.

The Umpqua National Forest has four ranger districts (located at
Cottage Grove, Glide, Toketee, and Tiller that have recently been
reorganized into North and South Zones). Dorena Genetic
Resource Center is a regional center housed within the Umpqua
National Forest and is co-located with the Cottage Grove RD on
the north end of the forest. It is within 35 minutes of the Willamette
NF, offering additional areas to explore. The Center supports
genetic resource and vegetation management programs for Forest
Service areas and non-agency partners throughout the Northwest
and beyond.

About the Dorena Genetic Resource Center...
The impact of non-native diseases and pests, and climate change can have a large negative impact on the
health of U.S. native, urban and production forests. The understanding and use of genetic variation within
tree species can provide support to maintain or restore affected forests. Dorena Genetic Resource Center
is a leader in resistance breeding, with the first programs beginning in 1966. The Center is an operational
studies and technology transfer unit of the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region, administered
through the Umpqua NF. The Center offers a cross-over between research and management for public
agencies and cooperators.

Current primary genetic programs include disease resistance screening and breeding programs for white
pine blister rust resistance in 5-needle pines and Port-Orford root disease resistance in Port-Orford-cedar.
These programs are well known internationally and are highly advanced in the development of populations
of trees with genetic resistance to non-native disease. Cooperators include other federal and state agencies,
universities, Tribes, and private groups, as well as groups in Canada and Mexico. DGRC has also organized
or co-organized 11 international meetings/workshops dealing with genetics and resistance since 2001. The
programs at DGRC include screening, breeding, propagation, orchard establishment, and seed production,
as well as common garden trials (on-site or in field trials) and gene conservation. Other Center programs
include a native species restoration program that includes propagation protocol development and
production of native grass, forb, shrub, and tree species, and restoration of highly disturbed lands and the
National Tree Climbing program including coordination and instructor training of appropriate climbing
techniques and equipment.

About the Community
The community of Cottage Grove, the "Covered Bridge Capital of Oregon", is located in the southern
Willamette Valley on Interstate 5 (I-5), the region's major north-south interstate highway, 20 miles south of
Eugene. It is a full-service community, with a population of 9,700 people within the city limits but serves a
surrounding community of approximately 35,000 people.
Cottage Grove prides itself on offering a high quality of life. This is reflected in features such as a local
growers market, art galleries, concerts in the park, numerous neighborhood parks, including a 16-mile paved
bicycle trail into the mountains, festivals, a new high school and hospital, an historic downtown and a series
of public murals. Two recreational lakes are located within 10 minutes of downtown and ample forest
scenery and access is within 30 minutes. Cottage Grove is one of a small percentage of cities nationwide to
twice be awarded the status of All America City. Expanded opportunities for recreation, schools, and
medical access are in Eugene and Springfield 30 minutes north of Cottage Grove.

How to apply: 
Your response to this outreach on the attached form should occur no later than January 26, 2022. Anyone interested in additional information about this position should contact Lisa Winn, Dorena Center Manager at (541) 767-5701 (office) or (541) 784-6454 (cell), e-mail: lisa.winn@usda.gov, or Dr. Richard Sniezko, Center Geneticist (richard.sniezko@usda.gov)