Graduate Research Assistantship in the
Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
Colorado State University


This 12-month graduate research assistantship (GRA) is available for a Ph.D student entering the graduate program in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU) in Fall 2015. The GRA will work on a recently awarded project to assess public wildlife values and wildlife agency governance in all 50 U.S. states.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to: 1) assist with research to assess characteristics and approaches to state wildlife agency governance and determine how they relate to public wildlife values and levels of trust in the agencies; and 2) assist principle investigators and research associates with overall project coordination and logistics throughout all project phases.

The GRA selected is expected to:

– apply for and be accepted to the Ph.D program in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

– spend a minimum of twenty hours a week working on project-related research and coordination tasks

The assistantship provides:

– full graduate tuition waiver and a monthly stipend

– valuable research experience as part of the education received in the doctoral program at CSU

– office space and computer facilities

The GRA will be selected in the spring of 2015, and work will begin in May/June, 2015. The position will be reviewed annually and, contingent upon performance and on available funds, be appointed to additional year appointments as necessary for completion of the degree program.


Selection of the GRA is made on a competitive basis using the following criteria:

  1. A combined minimum of 305 (~1100 under old scoring system) verbal and quantitative GRE scores. In addition, the candidate must have a baccalaureate degree with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher and a graduate GPA of at least 3.5 (if graduate courses have been taken).
  1. Candidate must have a specific interest in the area of human dimensions of wildlife conservation and in entering a program that, more broadly, emphasizes study in social science theory and applications in environmental conservation.
  1. Preference will be given to applicants who have advanced experience in qualitative and quantitative social science research methodology, including psychometrics and multivariate statistical analysis.
  1. Candidate must be motivated and hard working. He/she must work well independently and as part of a team.


By January 1, 2015, please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae (indicating GPA, GRE score, publication history, and prior experience), and contact information for three references to:

Drs. Tara Teel and Michael Manfredo
Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
Warner College of Natural Resources
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1480