Graduate Research Assistant Forestry
PRINCIPAL PURPOSE OF JOB: Three Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) positions are available at the Land Grant Programs of the Kentucky State University. These GRA positions are being filled to conduct forestry and natural resources management research and candidates have the opportunity to earn a M.Sc. in Environmental Studies in the College of Agriculture, Community, and the Sciences of Kentucky State University.
SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY: Each of the three Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) positions will work to implement the objectives of the project titled “Geospatial characterization and assessment of forest recreation participation and emerald ash borer”. These project objectives are 1) assess forest recreation preferences including geospatial characteristics to determine current demands and trends in Kentucky; 2) Evaluate and compare forest recreational trail (hiking, biking, and horse trails) design, impacts, and management on erosion and sediment delivery; 3) assess production and performance of ginseng under various production methods including forest-farming agroforestry practice. Each successful candidate will conduct field-based research to achieve each project objective. Each student must be accepted and be a full-time student in the KSU Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies in the College of Agriculture, Community, and the Sciences to receive an assistantship. This position involves conducting field research on forestry/natural resource management as part of a M.S. thesis project. The candidate will be supported in this project by faculty and staff at Kentucky State University. The position is supported by USDA-NIFA funding.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: (ex: duties that are essential to performing the job with or without accommodation)
• Will conduct field research in a collaborative project involving multiple institutions.
• Field duties will include participation in all aspects of project planning, site assessment, setting-up experiment using appropriate experimental design.
• The field research will include collecting data, performing data analysis, and writing a thesis.
• The GRA is expected to present research results in field days, extension meetings, regional and national professional conferences, and prepare manuscripts for publication.
• Each student must be accepted and be a full-time student in good standing in the KSU Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies in the College of Agriculture, Community, and the Sciences to receive and maintain an assistantship.
• Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
OTHER DUTIES: (ex: tasks that may be necessary, but are not the main reason(s) the job was created)
The position will conduct other duties as required.
• Successful candidates must be accepted into Master of Environmental Studies Program at Kentucky State University to be eligible for these assistantships.
• B.Sc. that focused on Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Ecology, Watershed Management, Biology, Environmental Science, Soil Science or a closely related field.
To be considered for this position, the following application materials must be submitted:
• A letter of interest (1-page maximum)
• Transcript of records
• Contact information of three references,
• Official GRE score, and official TOEFL score (for international applicants).
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:
• Ability to work independently or in team situations.
• Willingness to learn.
• Ability to effectively communicate.
• Must have background or knowledge on GIS
Working Conditions and Physical Effort:
• Work could involve some exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
• Requires some standing or walking.
• Ability to lift 40 lbs.
• No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
• Extensive travel required.