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M.S. Research Assistantship: Human-caused large wildfires in the US Southwest

Forest Stewards Guild, Southwest
Posted 2 weeks ago

Employer: Northern Arizona University, School of Forestry

Locations: Based at NAU’s Flagstaff campus, but opportunity to work with the Forest Stewards Guild in Santa Fe, NM

Application deadline: November 5, 2021

Full position description and application instructions


We seek a motivated student to pursue an M.S. in the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University (NAU). The successful applicant will join a team of interdisciplinary researchers from NAU and the Forest Stewards Guild to investigate strategies for reducing human-ignited wildfires in the Southwest. Human-caused ignitions account for the majority of wildfires in Arizona and New Mexico each year. Identifying strategies to reduce large wildfires that begin on public lands has become increasingly important for fire prevention specialists across land management agencies, particularly as visitation continues to grow.

The successful applicant will develop and administer a survey to public land users across Arizona and New Mexico, and will have the opportunity to build relationships with fire prevention specialists, land managers, and communities in both states over the course of their degree.

A start date of January or late May 2022 is possible. The student will hold Research Assistantship of 20-hour/week during the academic year and 40h/week during summers. Funding to support this position is available for two years.

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