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Forest Economist I

Texas A&M Forest Service
Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
College Station, TX
Job Description:

The Texas A&M Forest Service is seeking a highly motivated Forest Economist to join a talented team of professionals in the Forest Analytics Department. This individual will be part of an integrated team that works to deliver tools and information to support the agency mission of ensuring the state's trees, forests and related natural resources are protected and sustained for the benefit of all Texans.


Major Responsibilities:


-Analyze FIA (Forest Inventory Analysis) and other forest resource data, regularly updates agency fact sheets and reports on statewide forest conditions.


-Work with Resource Analyst and Wood Utilization Specialist to conduct survey of primary wood-using industries and publish an annual timber harvest and utilization report.


-Collect and provide data on the key elements of the timberland property tax formula.


-Prepare timberland management costs report and conduct analysis and provide advice on timberland property taxes to the Comptroller's office.


-Periodically analyze and report on the economic impact of the forest sector in the state and provide assistance to the online economic impact query tool on the Texas Forest Info website (

-Monitor forest products market and publish bi-monthly and annually Texas Timber Price Trends Report


-Initiate and conduct economic analysis related to forest sectors and write analytical reports based on the results, including timber supply, timber investment, ecosystem service, urban and community forests, mass timber, trade policy and other issues.

-Report results of woodland owner surveys and track timberland ownership in Texas.


-Conduct educational seminars on timber tax issues.


-Provide support and expertise to the Forest Resource Analyst and Wood Utilization Specialist, including publishing annual timber harvest and utilization report, timber damage assessments following major storms and other natural disaster, etc.


-Conduct market studies and provide economic data to the forest products industry, other state and federal agencies and economic development interests.


-Provide forest resource data to forest industry, other state and federal agencies and economic development interests.


-Other duties as assigned


Education and Experience:

Required Education: Masters in Forestry or closely related natural resource field


Preferred Education: An undergraduate degree in Forestry or a forestry-related field of study

Required Experience: Economic analysis and forest policy.


Preferred Experience: Forest economics and policy decision support analysis, forest biometrics and resource analysis, FIA analysis, growth and yield modeling, property taxation, forest law, ecosystem service



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Required Knowledge: Knowledge of forest inventory, forest mensuration and grow and yield modeling in the southern US. Extensive knowledge of economic principles, theories and practices, micro-and macroeconomic analysis, econometrics with an emphasis on forestry issues and management. Proficiency in MS Office and statistical software (e.g., SAS, R, SPSS). Knowledge of economic research methodologies and modeling techniques and applications. GIS and spatial analysis.


Required Ability: Proficiency in analyzing FIA data and other forest resource data.


Preferred Skills: Skills in the use of software systems for modeling timber supply and economic impact (e.g., SRTS, IMPLAN) are highly desirable.


-The most competitive applicants will also demonstrate: (1) ability to communicate effectively in both verbal and written forms, (2) strong applied research and technical ability, (3) experience with delivering economic and policy information using a variety of methods including online tools, (4) ability to work independently and as a team member, and (5) multi-task and work cooperatively with others.



Registrations, Certifications, and Licenses:

Required: Valid Texas Driver's license or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire. Have a driving record that meets agency requirements.


Preferred: SAF Certification, CPA




-Interact and collaborate with professionals across a broad array of forestry-related disciplines, including urban and community forestry, forest inventory and analysis (FIA), forest health, forest management and wildland fire.


-Work on a variety of projects with the ability to provide input on all phases of development.


-Grow professionally by attending conferences and taking advantage of learning resources.


-Make meaningful contributions as an integral part of a diverse and cohesive team.


-Identify new ways of utilizing FIA and timber products data.


-Develop leadership skills and experience.


-Serve the forestry profession through committee participation.


-Move up quickly with established career ladder for position and corresponding substantial pay increases.


-Contribute to the sustainability of natural resources in Texas and beyond.


-Primarily office-based, but some field work will be expected.


-Some work may occur after hours and require out of town travel.


Texas A&M Forest Service offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement benefits, paid time off and health and lifestyle programs. For more information about Texas A&M Forest Service and our careers, please visit Come grow with us!!

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