We are seeking applications for a graduate research assistantship. The primary project the successful candidate will contribute to will be examining the factors influencing the effectiveness of programs designed to help landowners improve wildlife habitat and sustainably management their land. This will include qualitative (e.g., landowner interviews) and quantitative (e.g., landowner survey) components.
There are over 10 million family forest ownerships across the United States and collectively they control 290 million acres, more than any other ownership group. The decisions of these owners will determine the fate of the forests: Will the land remain forested? Will it be subdivided? Will it be managed? And if so, how? The Family Forest Research Center (www.familyforestresearchcenter.org) is a partnership between the USDA Forest Service and the University of Massachusetts Amherst working to increase our understanding of family forest owners and the factors that influence their decisions.
Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, an allied field, or another major that will contribute to this project
Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
Highly motivated with a passion to learn
Experience with private landowners is a plus
Application Process: Interested candidates should send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to Brett Butler (firstname.lastname@example.org). After a candidate is preliminary selected, they will need to formally apply to the UMass Amherst graduate school (www.umass.edu/gradschool).