The School of Forestry & Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello is seeking applicants for a M.S. Assistantship available beginning January 2, 2018. The assistantship is half time and carries an annual stipend of $15,000 plus tuition.
Project: Over the past 30 years, the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has devoted considerable resources to establishing conservation easements, for the purpose of providing wildlife habitat and other important ecological services. While the number of acres enrolled in these programs are one metric of program success, there is increasing interest in (1) assessing the extent to which the easements are achieving their goals, and (2) developing management recommendations for lands that currently fall short of doing so. As part of a larger inter-disciplinary project, the student will collect data on current stand structure of conservation easements in Arkansas, and use this information to conduct computer modeling of future conditions under different management scenarios. The results are expected to be useful for developing management recommendations to enhance the performance (e.g. habitat quality) of these restored lands.
Requirements: Applicants must have a 2.7 overall undergraduate GPA or 3.0 GPA in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate courses and satisfactory GRE scores. A B.S. degree in a natural resources-related field is also required. Applicants must have a valid U.S. driver’s license or obtain the same within 60 days of starting employment. Overnight travel is required as well as the ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
Location and Facilities: The School of Forestry & Natural Resources is located in Monticello, Arkansas in the southeastern portion of the state. The Arkansas Forest Resources Center is also headquartered here, and is administered by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The Arkansas Forest Resources Center is the research and extension arm for forest-based programs within the State. Additionally, the USFS Arkansas Forestry Sciences Lab is located at the School. The School and Center maintain several state-of-the-art laboratories (hydrology, soil, quantitative analysis, silviculture, wildlife ecology & management) available for graduate research and education.
Application & Additional Information: Graduate program and application information can be found at http://www.uamont.edu/sfnr. Applicants must be admitted to the University of Arkansas at Monticello and apply to the School of Forestry & Natural Resources before they can be considered for an assistantship. Applicants must submit all GRE scores, official transcripts, a statement of interests, and three letters of recommendation. Please indicate the position number above on all application materials and inquiries.
For additional information, please contact:
Dr. Bill Headlee,
Phone: (870) 460-1642,
The position is available until a qualified applicant is selected.
UAM is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer