Forage and Pollinator Graduate Reseearch Assistant, Bozeman, MT
Montana State University
Last Date to Apply
Available is one M.S. graduate research assistantship at Montana State University (MSU) in the lab of Dr. Hayes Goosey (Department of Animal and Range Sciences). This position will focus on perennial forage production, pollinators, and dung beetles. The selected student will complete coursework on the MSU campus with fieldwork located at the MSU Fort Ellis Research and Teaching Facility, the MSU Post Agronomy Farm, and on Stakeholder property. Forage production is a significant driving force to Montana’s economy with an estimated annual value of $325 million. Currently, there are approximately 2.6 million acres of perennial hay production in Montana.
This position will be an interactive component of MSU’s Forage Research and Extension program. The selected student’s research project will focus on forage production and will encompass all agronomic aspects including, but not limited to, forage science, entomology, soil nutrients, plant science, and animal science. The student will also be expected to be a component of the MSU Forage Extension program by summarizing and presenting research results both written and verbally to producers, stakeholder groups, NGOs, and relevant governmental organizations. The student will also be required to successfully write and defend a M.S. thesis.
The position is open for applications. Those individuals currently holding a B.S degree and senior students graduating in the spring of 2022 are encouraged to apply.
Required qualifications: Applicants must hold a B.S. degree in an appropriate field of study by spring semester 2022 and be an independent, self-starting person with a strong interest in conservation and agricultural systems. Applicants must also possess a driver’s license valid in the US.
Preferred qualifications: Those applicants who have documented experience leading field research projects, collecting/summarizing agronomic data, and experience with multi-media educational tools will be competitive during the selection process.
TO APPLY: Submit an application packet consisting of 1) a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, 2) a CV, 3) unofficial transcripts, and 4) contact information of three professional references to Dr. Hayes Goosey (email@example.com). For questions, contact Dr. Goosey by email or call (406) 994-5688. Information on MSU’s Forage Program can be found here: https://animalrangeextension.montana.edu/forage/