The College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment research faculty actively recruit graduate candidates to assist with their diverse research programs. Available positions are included in the below directory, which is updated frequently but may not include all opportunities.

For other opportunities not posted, please consult with a faculty member most aligned with your research interests or inquire with Audrey Grindle, Graduate Student Coordinator, for further guidance at 334-844-9250 or  apg0008@auburn.edu. Future students may also wish to consult the Texas A&M Jobs Board for positions that may not yet be included within the college’s directory.

The College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment at Auburn University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educational Institution.

Graduate Research Assistant- The Geospatial Analytics Lab

Details
Posting: https:/​/​geospatial.auburn.edu/​research
Application Deadline: 03/15/2024
Published: 01/10/2024
Starting Date: between 8/19/2024 and 8/20/2024
Ending Date: between 5/1/2026 and 5/2/2026
Hours per Week: 20
Salary: $20,000 per year
Education Required: Bachelors
Experience Required: none
Location: Auburn, Alabama View Location
Tags: Graduate Opportunities

Description
MS Graduate Assistantship: Remote sensing-based assessment of conservation-related management activities, College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.
The Geospatial Analytics Lab (https://geospatial.auburn.edu/) has an opening for a 2-year MS graduate research assistantship in the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment at Auburn University. This position will be co-supervised by Dr. Lana Narine (https://cfwe.auburn.edu/profile/lana-narine/) and Dr. Allie McCreary (https://cfwe.auburn.edu/profile/allie-mccreary/). The project will focus on the utilization of multi-source remote sensing data from airborne and spaceborne platforms, in conjunction with field-based data, to assess conservation-related management activities, including habitat management activities, such as prairie habitat restoration, fuel load/hazard reduction activities, and invasive species management. Data (remotely sensed and field) pre- and post-treatment will be examined to characterize vegetation attributes, develop spatially complete assessments, and determine changes in ecosystem characteristics using generated mapped products. The position begins fall semester of 2024 (August 19th).

Required Qualifications:

· BS degree in Forestry, Ecology, or closely related field
· Excellent communication skills in oral and written English and ability to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team.
· A strong background in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and/or experience with remote sensing
· A positive attitude and work ethic
· Meet general (minimum) admission requirements, as outlined here (Graduate School): https://graduate.auburn.edu/prospective-students/general-admission-requirements/

Desired Qualifications:
· Background in lidar remote sensing, machine learning
· Experience with characterizing vegetation structure with remotely sensed data
· Experience in scientific writing, and data analysis

Salary: $20,000 per year, plus tuition remission and benefits

How to Apply:
Interested individuals should contact Dr. Lana Narine (lln0005@auburn.edu) and Dr. Allie McCreary at (aem0200@auburn.edu) with any questions and to apply. To apply, please state “MS Assistantship Position” in the email subject line and include a single PDF document with the following: (i) CV, (ii) statement of interest/personal statement, (iii) TOFEL or IELTS scores (if applicable) and GRE scores (if available), (iv) unofficial transcripts and (v) names and emails of three (3) references. Applications are due by March 15th, but we encourage you to apply as soon as possible because applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. More information about our graduate program can be found here: https://cfwe.auburn.edu/graduate-study/graduate-degrees/

Contact
Lana Narine
lln0005@auburn.edu (preferred contact method)

Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Forest Health

Details

Application Deadline: 03/04/2024
Published: 02/01/2024
Starting Date: after 3/4/2024
Hours per Week: at least 40
Salary: Commensurate / Negotiable
Education Required: Doctorate
Experience Required: none
Location: 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn University, AL 36849 (Auburn University, Alabama) 
Tags: Faculty / Post-Doc Appointments

Description

The College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment at Auburn University invites applications for an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in forest health with an expected start date of August 2024. This is a tenure-track, 12-month appointment, with 65% Extension and 35% research. We seek exceptional applicants with expertise in forest entomology or forest pathology to understand, mitigate, and educate current and future forest health issues. The successful candidate will perform educational functions of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) and develop a successful extramurally funded Extension program with related applied research on forest health with focus on forest insects and diseases.

Responsibilities

The successful candidate is expected to work independently and in collaboration with other faculty in the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Regional Extension Agents, and other Auburn University faculty to: (1) develop and deliver Extension programs, in collaboration with Regional Extension Agents, through a variety of media including publications, web sites, distance learning, demonstrations, and other formats (2) Work with stakeholders to develop applied research to address the educational needs in Alabama and beyond, (3) Develop and deliver niche technical training and service programs for Regional Extension Agents (REAs), organizations, private sector, and federal agencies of Alabama and beyond, (4) secure extramural funding to support research and Extension programs, and (5) mentor graduate students and publish research in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.
Minimum Qualifications
A PhD in forestry, forest pathology, forest entomology, forest pest/pathogen ecology, forest health or a related field, by the time of appointment. The successful candidate must demonstrate a compelling interest and capability to deliver science-based information to a variety of audiences. Excellent written, organizational and communication skills are required and a commitment to inclusion and diversity is essential. Ability to act creatively, confidently, and professionally when working with people from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, evidence of drive and initiative as demonstrated by personal experiences and previous employment, and a collaborative approach to working with others is required. Candidates must be willing and able to work closely with members of the Extension Forestry, Wildlife, and Natural Resource team, forest managers, communities, and natural resource technical service providers. Ability to travel, including a current unrestricted driver’s license, is also required. The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States by the date appointment is scheduled to begin.
Desired Qualifications
Ideal candidates will have: (1) Extension experience and a strong track record for obtaining extramural funding and supervising graduate students, (2) A demonstrated track record of scholarly and extension publication, (3) Experience and expertise of southern forests is highly preferred. (4) Applied integrated pest management knowledge in forest entomology and pathology is preferred.
The College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment  (https://cfwe.auburn.edu/) is a national and international leader in forestry, wildlife, and natural resources programs and the flagship institution of Alabama’s $30 billion plus forest, wildlife, and natural resources-related enterprises, a significant component of the State’s economic and employment contributions and impacts. The College is home to eight undergraduate degree programs and nearly 500 undergraduate students. Graduate student enrollment is more than 160 students and a total of 44 research, teaching, and extension faculty. The College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).It will continually seek to enhance faculty diversity in recruiting new faculty and development of current faculty.
Auburn University (www.auburn.edu) is one of the nation’s premier land, sea and space grant institutions with an enrollment of more than 31,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence and community engagement, its positive work environment, flourishing student life programs, and beautiful campus. The University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama approximately 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, GA and southeast of Birmingham, AL and is about 60 miles from the state capital (Montgomery).
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) (www.aces.edu), the primary Extension organization for the land-grant mission of Alabama A&M University and Auburn University in cooperation with Tuskegee University.  ACES is dedicated to delivering research-based educational programs designed to empower individuals to improve their quality of life and economic well-being. Each of Alabama’s 67 counties is home to an Extension Office supported by Regional Extension Agents across the state, and Specialists at both partner universities.
Auburn University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Contact

Adam Maggard
adm0074@auburn.edu (preferred contact method)

Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resources Regional Extension Agent (East Central Alabama)

Details

Application Deadline: 02/29/2024
Published: 01/24/2024
Starting Date: after 4/1/2024
Hours per Week: at least 40
Salary: $43,860 to $47,860 per year
Education Required: Bachelors
Experience Required: at least 2 years
Location: Auburn, AL, USA (Auburn, Alabama)

Description

This position is located in East Central, Alabama

Program Priority Area: Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resources

Geographic Area of Responsibility: East Central Alabama Region (Calhoun, Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Lee, Macon, Randolph, Russell, Talladega, and Tallapoosa Counties)

Responsibilities: The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is seeking qualified applicants for a Regional Extension Agent (REA) in the Southwest Region of Alabama. This position is a 100% Extension assignment covering eight counties. The Agent will be housed in a County office in the region this position serves.

The Forestry, Wildlife, and Natural Resources Regional Extension Agent will serve as the primary Extension educator for forestry, wildlife, and natural resources in the assigned eight-county region. This includes responding to requests for forestry, wildlife, and natural resources related technical information from throughout the region. These requests may come through telephone calls, email, letters, and other personal contacts. The REA will be expected to proactively develop a regional technology transfer program through meetings, workshops, publications, web sites, and other outreach techniques to provide forestry, wildlife and natural resources related information to landowners, professionals, and the general public. In addition, the REA will be part of a state-wide Extension Priority Program Team and be expected to participate as a team member to plan, promote, and execute team programs as well as participate in team training opportunities.

The REA will utilize all available/emerging technologies in their educational efforts as well as more traditional methods such as newsletters, news articles, workshops/group meetings, demonstrations and farm/home visits. The REA will participate in writing grants and participate in activities that support applied research/demonstrations beneficial to clientele. Participating in regional and state FWNR associations, and other groups representing FWNR, is important for the REA to develop a reputation as an educational leader with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. REA will assist team leader and administrators in project outcome and impact evaluations.

Team Description: Regional Extension Agent’s (REA’s), Urban Regional Extension Agent’s (UREA’s), County Extension Coordinators (CEC’s), and Specialists form the core of Extension teams. This REA will participate as a cohesive team member working with local clientele, advisory groups, volunteers, and other interested parties to determine regional needs for program outreach. As a team member, the REA will partner with other REA’s and CEC’s to provide educational leadership in planning, implementing, evaluating, and reporting programs conducted in the region.

Minimum Qualifications | A Bachelor’s degree in Forestry, Wildlife, and Natural Resources or related field WITH at least two years of relevant work experience is required.

The successful incumbent will be required to obtain a master’s degree within five years after successfully completing a probationary period.

The successful candidate must demonstrate capability in planning and delivering educational programs in Forestry, Wildlife, and Natural Resources. Candidates must demonstrate effective written and interpersonal communication skills, possess the ability to work cooperatively with individuals and groups, and be willing to utilize various forms of outreach for educational program delivery to a diverse clientele. This position requires regular travel to carry out Extension responsibilities, and the successful incumbent must have access to reliable transportation.

Successful applicants must possess strong leadership and organizational skills, and the ability to respectfully self-motivate their daily priorities.

Desired Qualifications | A Master’s degree is preferred and does not require experience to apply.

Special Instructions to Applicants | All applications MUST BE submitted here https://www.auemployment.com/postings/42755

If selected to interview, candidates will be asked to prepare and give a 30 minute extension presentation on a forestry, wildlife, or natural resource topic of. The presentation should be appropriate for a landowner audience.

****Minimum Starting Salary****
$43,860 for a Bachelor’s Degree
$47,860 for a Master’s Degree
Salary increases for years of relevant, professional work experience

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Contact

Mark D Smith
mds0007@auburn.edu (preferred contact method)

Field and Lab Research Technicians in Forest and Fire Ecology Lab

Details

Application Deadline: 03/01/2024
Published: 01/09/2024
Starting Date: between 3/2/2024 and 4/1/2024
Ending Date: between 8/30/2024 and 12/31/2024
Hours per Week: 30 – 40
Salary: $12 to $16 per hour
Education Required: none
Experience Required: none
Location: Auburn, Alabama
Tags: Graduate Opportunities, Undergraduate Opportunities

Description

Dr. Heather Alexander is hiring field and lab research technicians to work in the Forest and Fire Ecology Lab at Auburn University for spring 2024, starting as soon as possible (January 2024). Must be able to commit 30-40 hours per week and travel for overnight, multi-day trips (up to a week) outside of Auburn. The positions will include a combination of fieldwork and lab work. No prior experience necessary, but applicants must possess an interest in forest ecology, a willingness to learn, and be capable of (and excited about) working long hours outdoors exposed to heat, cold, biting insects, and thorny vegetation. Pay ranges from $12-$16/hour depending on education and experience.

Research technicians will gain experience collecting experimental and observational field data. Other tasks will include vegetation sampling, measuring plant traits, plant identification, data entry, and vegetation and soil sample processing in the lab.

If interested, please e-mail a brief description of your interest/experience and a résumé to Tamara Milton (tfm0010@auburn.edu).

Notice: Auburn University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer and committed to building an inclusive and diverse community.

Contact

Tamara Milton
tfm0010@auburn.edu (preferred contact method)

M.S./Ph. D. Alabama (Forestry Biotechnology Lab)

Details

Application Deadline: 05/26/2024
Published: 09/09/2023
Starting Date: 8/20/2024
Salary: unspecified
Education Required: Bachelors
Location: Auburn, Alabama 
Tags: Graduate Opportunities

Description

The Hao Chen lab at Auburn University is inviting motivated Master and PhD applicants to join the new forestry biotechnology lab. Full scholarships will be provided to PhD students.

You will have the opportunity to engage with three major research projects: 1. Understanding the myths of the controlling mechanisms how plant transcriptionally synthesize secondary cell wall and use genetic engineering methods to improve wood property used for pulp, paper, and biofuel industries. 2. Field trials of genetically engineered trees to measure eco-physiological and economical traits of these trees. 3. Development of new transformation methods for woody species. When you graduate, you will get real-world experiences in forestry molecular biology, genetics, and physiology.

If you are interested, please contact Dr. Chen (hzc0134@auburn.edu) for detailed information.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Admission Requirements: (https://graduate.auburn.edu/prospective-students/general-admission-requirements/)

Transcripts: One unofficial transcript. Official transcripts will be required upon acceptance to a

Graduate program. GPA: minimum 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Recommendations: 3 recommendations to be submitted through the online application.

Curriculum Vitae.

Test Scores: English Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL 79 (iBT) or IELTS 6.5. The GRE score is not required.

Personal Statement: Please include the following in your personal statement (maximum 1000

words): Prior research experience(s)-describe research conducted and your role on the project.

Research interests; Career goals

During the review process, a personal interview may be required. All applications for admission to the Ph.D. program will be reviewed by Dr. Hao Chen and his collaborators (M.S. do not need). Admission decisions are made based on an overall evaluation of the applicant’s ability to complete advanced study in forestry genetics, genomics and biotechnology.

SALARY: negotiable

LOCATION: Auburn, Alabama

Contact

HaO Chen
hzc0134@auburn.edu (preferred contact method)

Ph. D. Position- Ecosystem Modelling and Observation (EMO) Lab

Details

Application Deadline: 06/10/2024
Published: 01/04/2024
Starting Date: after 8/10/2024
Hours per Week: 20 – 40
Salary: $30,000 to $45,000 per year
Education Required: Masters
Experience Required: at least 4 years
Location: Auburn, Alabama 
Tags: Graduate Opportunities

Description

The Ecosystem Modelling and Observation (EMO) Lab in the College of Forestry, Wildlife, and Environment at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, USA is seeking a self-motivated doctoral student who is willing to pursue research in one of the areas from (1) Wetland remote sensing and carbon cycling; (2) Urban remote sensing and sustainability; and (3) Ecosystem modeling for land carbon cycling. Specific research topics are open.
The successful doctoral candidate will enroll in the Ph.D. program in Earth System Science. A master’s degree in geography, engineering, Earth science, ecology, or environmental science is preferred but not required. Candidates with experience in using R/Python programming languages, deep machine learning, and/or remote sensing technology are especially encouraged to apply. In the program, the candidate is expected to develop strong modeling (AI or process-based) and/or data analysis skills and will have the opportunity to study a wide range of climate change and environmental issues.
Successful candidates for both positions will work with Dr. Zutao Yang and his collaborators at Auburn University and multiple other research institutes (e.g., Stanford University, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Boston College). If you are interested, please contact Dr. Zutao Yang (zzy0066@auburn.edu) and attach (1) a comprehensive CV, and (2) a Cover Letter outlining your skills, research experience, and future research interests/goals. For Ph.D. candidates, please also include a copy of unofficial academic transcripts and TOEFL/IELTS/PET/DET transcripts (if applicable).

Contact

Zutao Yang
zzy0066@auburn.edu (preferred contact method)

Ph. D. Assistantship in Ecology

Details

Application Deadline: 02/19/2024
Published: 01/30/2024
Starting Date: between 5/1/2024 and 5/31/2024
Hours per Week: 20 – 40
Salary: starting at $22,000 per year
Education Required: Bachelors
Experience Required: none
Location: 602 Duncan Drive (Auburn, Alabama) 
Tags: Graduate Opportunities

Description

I am seeking applicants for a fully-funded Ph.D. position in the College of Forestry, Wildlife, and Environment (CFWE) at Auburn University. Applicants should be interested in developing a Ph.D. dissertation focused on wild turkey ecology and management, white-tailed deer ecology and management, habitat management for game and non-game species, or a combination thereof, using pre-existing data from movement ecology and vegetation response studies. Acceptance into this program will require successful application to the CFWE Writing Fellow Assistantship, which I will facilitate as the prospective advisor. CFWE writing fellows spend a maximum of 13 h/wk supporting students by helping them become better writers. As a requirement, the successful applicant should have excellent English Oral and Written communication skills. The successful applicant will receive a $22,000/yr. stipend, full tuition waiver, and a private office.

To apply, please send a single PDF containing a cover letter, CV/resume, and unofficial transcripts to Dr. Will Gulsby (wdg0010@auburn.edu). Preference will be given to students who have completed a M.S. degree, but exceptional undergraduates with a publishing record may also be considered. The cover letter should detail your professional experience and career goals, as well as a brief description of your motivation for applying for the position and some research questions you’d be interested in addressing within the above areas. The position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified.

Contact

Will Gulsby
wdg0010@auburn.edu (preferred contact method)

M.S. Assistantship in Nature-Based Coastal Tourism

Resiliency for Nature-Based Coastal Tourism – MS Research Assistantship
The Resilient Outdoor Recreation & Tourism Lab at Auburn University is seeking qualified candidates committed to pursuing a Master of Science in Natural Resources Management (MS). The successful applicant will assist Dr. Allie McCreary with a two-year study to assess climaterelated factors impacting nature-based tourism along the Alabama coast, evaluate adaptation strategies that could mitigate these impacts, and explore how tourism providers perceive climate change and adaptation. The successful applicant will be willing to engage with tourism professionals and synthesize knowledge from multiple disciplines including parks, recreation, and tourism management, conservation social science, climate science, geospatial informatics, and sociology. The successful candidate will work directly with Dr. McCreary on pre-defined project tasks and other activities to achieve the study objectives and the student’s academic and career goals. The position begins in the fall semester of 2024 (August 19th).

Responsibilities:
• Conduct literature reviews.
• Organize project files and datasets.
• Collect, analyze, and interpret quantitative data (e.g., weather and climate records, visitation logs).
• Conduct interviews to gather qualitative data.
• Share findings to academic and non-academic audiences through papers or presentations.
• Travel from campus to coastal areas.
Qualifications: Candidate must have completed a BS degree (or equivalent) prior to starting, preferably in a Parks, Recreation, and/or Tourism Management, Conservation Social Science, Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management, or similar program. Candidate must demonstrate excellent communication skills in oral and written English and be able to work
independently and as part of a team. Candidates with prior experience in research or evaluation, including scientific writing, data collection, and data analysis are desired. Candidates should provide references for individuals who can verify their work ethic and research-related skills and experiences.

Potential candidates for this position must meet admission standards and be accepted into the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment MS program. More information about our graduate program can be found here: https://cfwe.auburn.edu/graduate-study/graduate-degrees/

Candidates must also meet general (minimum) admission requirements for the Auburn University Graduate School, as outlined here: https://graduate.auburn.edu/prospectivestudents/general-admission-requirements/

Salary: $20,000 per year, plus tuition remission and benefits
How to Apply: Interested individuals should contact Dr. Allie McCreary at aem0200@auburn.edu with any questions and to apply. To apply, please state “Coastal Tourism MS Assistantship” in the email
subject line and include a single PDF document with the following:
• Current resume or CV,
• Statement of interest/personal statement,
• TOFEL or IELTS scores (if applicable) and GRE scores (if available)
• Unofficial transcripts, and
• The names and email addresses of three (3) references.

Applications are due by March 15th, but you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible because applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

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