Apply now for USFS Native American Research Assistantship

By Jamila Blake

Students will have the opportunity to participate in research projects with U.S. Forest Service at sites like Buffalo Gap National Grassland. ©USFS

The Wildlife Society, alongside the U.S. Forest Service, a Premier Partner of TWS, has announced new Native American Research Assistantships for Summer 2020.

This is the sixth year for the professional development program, which facilitates opportunities for Native American students to be mentored by USFS research and development scientists. The program promotes student advancement and training for careers in natural resource and conservation-related fields. Assistantship participants aid and learn about the USFS’ ecological, science-based approach to decision-making and balancing multiple use management of national forests and grasslands.

Assistantships are available for Native American students interested in wildlife and forest resource research and management. Students will learn and work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers with the USFS during 2020. Applicants must be a member of an American Indian or Alaska Native tribe, First Nations or a Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or have some other indigenous identification, and be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program from an accredited academic institution.

Pursuit of a bachelor’s or master’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology, forestry or other closely related natural resource discipline is preferred. Students with related associate’s degrees from tribal colleges and universities or other community colleges will be also be considered.

Research projects potentially available for 2020 assistantships include:

  1. Passive acoustic monitoring in the coastal mountains of Oregon
  2. Bat surveys and greater sage-grouse vegetation studies in the Buffalo Gap National Grassland of South Dakota

For more information, including project objectives, locations, duration and instructions on how to apply please download an application form download an application form. The deadline for applications is Jan. 19, 2020.

The USFS is a Premier Partner of TWS.

Link to application instructions

Jamila Blake is The Wildlife Society's Professional Development Coordinator.
Read more of Jamila's articles here.

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