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MS GRA on Fish and Wildlife Trade in the Amazon
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MS Graduate Research Assistantship on Fish and Wildlife Trade in the Brazilian Amazon
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Start date: August 2021 (preferred) or January 2022
Applications will be considered as received
Graduate Research Assistant sought to complete a master's degree at Virginia Tech in a project on fish and wildlife trade in the Amazon. The study will be focused on the human dimensions of conservation and will involve designing qualitative and quantitative research, data collection (interviews with residents of rural and urban areas), analyses, and writing. The student is expected to return the results of the study to stakeholders in the region, including research participants. The student will receive a master's degree in Fish and Wildlife Conservation from Virginia Tech and work with Willandia Chaves (https://fishwild.vt.edu/faculty/chaves.html).
• Undergraduate degree in human dimensions, fisheries, wildlife, natural resources, environmental social sciences, or related discipline
• Interest in social science research
• Excellent writing skills
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Ability to communicate well in Portuguese
• Demonstrated research experience (data collection, analysis, and writing)
• Experience with survey and/or interview research
• Experience working in the Amazon a plus
Interested candidates should submit the following documents (as a single pdf file): 1) Cover letter summarizing interest in the position, qualifications, experience, and research and career goals; 2) CV or resume; 3) Academic transcripts (unofficial is fine at this stage); 4) Names, positions, and contact information for three professional references, and a short description of your relationship with each.
Submit application materials via email to Willandia Chaves (firstname.lastname@example.org) with “GRA Application for Research in the Amazon” in the email subject line. Questions may also be sent to this email. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by February 15, 2021, and will be reviewed as they are received.
Following this process, the top candidate will need to apply to the Virginia Tech Graduate School before acceptance. If the selected candidate is an international student, they will need to take the TOEFL or IELTS (see Graduate School testing requirements). The position will be supported by a combination of Graduate Research and Teaching Assistantships. Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity employer.