Data Analyst

New Mexico State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. An active research university, NMSU anchors the southern end of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Research Corridor, exceeding $140 million in research and public service expenditures. NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the federal government with a total minority enrollment over 48%. Home to the state’s NASA Space Grant Program, NMSU is located in Las Cruces, which features desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley, and the Organ Mountains, an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain. The University is committed to building a cultural diverse educational environment.

Job Duties and Responsibilities
Position will be located in Moab, Utah working on the Colorado Plateau in southeastern Utah.
  • New predictive mapping techniques that utilize machine learning and AI have spurred rapid changes in how soil resources are developed and delivered. The goal of this position is to develop the tools necessary to utilize these recent advances in soil resource information to generate state-of-the-art land use and management interpretations. Anticipated land use and management interpretations include: wind erosion susceptibility, hydrologic soil group, a soil vulnerability index, and valley fever (Coccidioides) habitat.
  • Collaborate with soil scientists in academia and federal agencies to analyze and resolve issues with current and planned systems and workflows as related to the integration and management of soil pedon data to develop continental wide digital soil mapping models and develop script-based toolboxs to generate land use and management interpretations. Conduct research to determine the best course of action to clean and correct data from multiple databases. Analyze and interpret patterns in complex pedon datasets from multiple sources.
Classification Summary

Provides expertise to acquire, manage, manipulate, and analyze data and report results.

Classification Standard Duties

Identifies problematic areas and conducts research to determine the best course of action to correct the data. Analyzes and resolves issues with current and planned systems as they relate to the integration and management of data. Analyzes reports of data duplicates or other errors to provide ongoing appropriate interdepartmental communication and monthly or daily data reports. Monitors for timely and accurate completion of select data elements. Identifies, analyzes, and interprets trends or patterns in complex data sets. Monitors data statistics.


Knowledge and technical expertise regarding data models and database design development. Understanding of XML and SQL. Proficient knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point. Knowledge of SAS, SPSS, or other statistical packages is desirable.


Programming skills. Query and report writing skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


Ability to present complex information in an understandable and compelling manner.

Required Education

Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

Required Experience

Two (2) years of professional experience directly related to the standard duties as outlined.

Equivalency None. Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge and technical expertise regarding data models. Strong data science and scripting skills in the R environment (preferred) or similar object-based coding language (e.g. Python, javascript) along with a background in soils, ecology, or similar natural resource or earth sciences. The ability to productively work remotely from the NMSU main campus and maintain weekly contact with NMSU faculty.

Required Certification/License Special Requirements Other Departmental Requirements

Fluency in an object-based coding language, demonstrated ability to quickly learn new coding workflows, and demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced collaborative environment.

Standard Work Schedule Standard (M-F, 8-5) If not a Standard Work Schedule, please describe Physical Work Location State UT-Utah Physical Work Location County, if in New Mexico County outside of NM Work Site Moab, Utah Contingent Upon Funding Contingent upon external funds Bargaining Unit Eligible Posting Announcement Statement This is NOT a bargaining unit position with American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Tenure Track Posting Date 03/23/2020 Closing Date 04/12/2020 Anticipated Job Begin Date (optional) 03/23/2020 Anticipated Job End Date, if applicable (optional) 04/12/2022 Open Until Filled No Special Instructions to Applicants

The electronic application is the official document that will be used to qualify applicants. Paper/email documents will not be accepted. Required documents must be attached to this application.

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Working Conditions and Physical Effort
Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

Physical Effort
No or very limited physical effort required.

Lifting Requirements
Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 10 pounds or some standing or walking.

No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
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