The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University is recruiting an MS student to join beginning August 2021. For this project, the student will conduct face-to-face interviews with landowners and consulting foresters along with web-based or mail surveys to collect consulting forester perceptions of their work, the forestry profession, and landowner’s land management and communication needs. Further, the student will collect Alabama landowner perceptions of their land management and communication needs, and quality of service provided by consulting foresters with which they work. Final deliverables will include a Master’s thesis, reporting results in journal articles, and Extension publications. Results will be presented at national and local annual meetings and used in Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) workshops. Qualified students will receive a graduate research assistantship that includes financial support for 2 years ($18,000 per year). Student will receive a tuition waiver. Students from underrepresented backgrounds in Forestry, natural resources, and related fields are especially encouraged to apply.
Requirements: 1) Bachelor’s degree in Forestry or related field relevant field including Biology, Botany, Ecology, Wildlife biology, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Science, Agriculture, 2) Self-motivation and ability to conduct surveys and manage large datasets. 3) Must be willing and able travel and have outstanding verbal communication and writing skills. 4) A valid US driver’s license is required. If interested, please contact Dr. Adam Maggard at firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates should submit (1) A cover letter briefly describing your research interests/experience and skills related to the position (2) resume/CV including contact information for at least two references, (3) unofficial transcripts.