Graduate Research Assistantship Opportunity
University of Massachusetts Amherst and the USDA Forest Service
Much of the forestland in the United States is family forest, owned by individuals and families. The decisions these family forest owners make about the stewardship and conservation of their land drives landscape change and shapes the public and private benefits the land produces now and in the future.
The Family Forest Research Center (FFRC) is a partnership of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the USDA Forest Service and is engaged in applied research to inform family forest owner decisions and policy (www.familyforestresearchcenter.org).
We are seeking applications for a Master’s-level graduate research assistantship to contribute to a project looking at family forest owners’ attitudes and behaviors related to climate change. The student will gain direct experience in all aspects of survey research including literature synthesis, survey design and implementation, data analysis, and communicating results. This research will have applicability towards current efforts aimed at mitigating the impacts of global climate change ranging from policy design to educational campaigns.
• Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, an allied field, or another field that will contribute to the research project
• Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
• Highly motivated with a passion for research and learning
• Experience with private landowners is a plus
Location: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Assistantship Dates: Fall semester 2021 through Spring semester 2023
Compensation: This is a 20-hour assistantship with pay, benefits, and tuition waiver.
Application Process: Candidates must apply to the UMass Amherst graduate school, more information can be found at: http://www.umass.edu/gradschool/.
Timeline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Those interested in applying for this position are encouraged to contact Brett Butler, Adjunct Professor, firstname.lastname@example.org, (413) 459-1145.
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