We are seeking an outstanding student to pursue an M.S. degree in Natural Resources Management at North Dakota State University. The chosen student will take the lead on a research project funded by the US Geological Survey (USGS) to improve understanding of municipal and industrial water-use across the state of North Dakota and specifically in the Bakken region. This will include surveying all municipalities with more than 1,000 residents in the state that are willing to participate to determine what industries fall under the municipal permits and which do not; determining (as able) why industries would fall under a municipal permit and why others would not; and analyzing yearly water-use permit data from the North Dakota State Water Commission from 2000-2017 for both municipal and industrial permits to determine how water use has changed pre-oil boom, boom (approximately 2005-2015), and post-boom. The university has great connections with agencies involved in the project and will guide the graduate student through the process. Rare travel is required, the majority of work on this project will be computer based and not field work. The project will be a great networking opportunity for the graduate student if they are interested in USGS or a future in water management.
Applicants should possess a B.S. in environmental or water related field of study and must have a valid driver’s license. There is a quick turnaround on applications due to funding date requirements. Student will need to start on August 21st (first day of school at NDSU) or at the lastest September 1, 2018. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, list of 3 references and contact information, and transcript (unofficial is fine) to Dr. Christina Hargiss by midnight July 22nd. Email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org.