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Graduate Assistantship (PhD) – North and South Dakota
North Dakota State University - Hettinger Research Extension Center
Hettinger and Fargo, ND
24,000 plus full tuition waiver
Last Date to Apply
Benefits of Shelterbelts to Honeybees in the Upper Great Plains - We are seeking a motivated and experienced student to investigate the relationship between honeybees and shelterbelts in North and South Dakota. The successful candidate will be part of a highly collaborative team consisting of both research and industry professionals that will examine the effects of shelterbelts on early season honey production and bee survival in an effort to make recommendations for future bee friendly shelterbelt plantings. The student will be in charge of collecting data each year, including pollen collection, hive weights, plant identification, and other factors associated with honeybee ecology and production. The student will have the opportunity to develop apicultural skills and hive management techniques by working along commercial beekeepers. The student will develop techniques for quantifying pollen nutrition and diversity, and monitoring the health and performance of honeybee colonies in the field. The student will be assisted by numerous faculty with varying expertise, so experience in all facets of the research will not be necessary. However, the most competitive applicants will have experience with pollinator research. This research will be an important step in better understanding how honeybees benefit from the presence of shelterbelts, particularly during the early-season when floristic resources in native grasslands are limited
Candidates must have a Master’s degree from an accredited university and a valid driver’s license. The most competitive applicant’s will have multiple years of field experience including previous work with honeybees, pollinator handling, and plant species identification. Furthermore, the most competitive applicants should have experience with multiple statistical programs (i.e., R statistical environment) and methods. Students will be expected to work well independently and with a team and should have experience using common data management and word processing programs. Evidence of written work may be requested during the interview process.
Submit one document to email@example.com that includes: 1) a cover letter discussing your qualifications and future goals, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) transcripts (unofficial), 4) GRE scores (if available) and 5) contact information for three professional references. Review will begin September 5th, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found