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Post Doctoral Research Associate – Social Science of North American Grassland Conservation

University of Wyoming

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Post Doctoral Research Associate – Social Science of North American Grassland Conservation

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University of Wyoming


Laramie, WY

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Post Doctoral Appointments



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Dr. Drew Bennett (University of Wyoming) and Dr. Jeremy Pittman (University of Waterloo) are recruiting a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to lead a project focused on social science to inform conservation efforts in the grasslands in the North American Great Plains. The Fellow will be based at the University of Wyoming with the opportunity to visit the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo. At the University of Wyoming, the Fellow will be a member of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources scholarly community and part of the MacMillan Private Lands Stewardship Program (MacMillan Program). The MacMillan Program supports private landowners by encouraging collaboration across a number of fields critical to the conservation and stewardship of private lands (http://www.uwyo.edu/haub/ruckelshaus-institute/private-lands-stewardship/index.html).


The Fellow will lead a research project to

(1) review literature relevant to social dimensions of grasslands conservation;

(2) help facilitate systems thinking workshops with natural resource and conservation practitioners with experience in grasslands conservation; and

(3) conduct semi-structured interviews with private landowners and conservation practitioners.

The Fellow will also be expected to be a primary point of contact with conservation partners in federal and state agencies and the NGO and agricultural communities. Ideal candidates for this position will possess outstanding written and oral communication skills, have experience collaborating or working as part of a team, have experience conducting social science research. Candidates should have an interest in rural communities, appreciation for agricultural livelihoods, and a desire to work with diverse stakeholder groups. Candidates should show creative and flexible thinking, be self-motivated, and able to work independently with guidance and support from project collaborators. Preferred candidates will have a track record of published research and experience with stakeholder outreach, workshop facilitation, and applied conservation efforts in Canada or the United States.



Ph.D. in geography, sociology, anthropology, human dimensions, natural resource management, or relevant social science field Strong qualitative research skills including semi-structured interviews and qualitative data analysis Familiarity with conservation issues in Canada and the United States Ability to write clearly, professionally, and persuasively Effective oral communication skills.


Experience leading stakeholder workshops or focus groups Track record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals Experience conducting literature reviews Experience working in a team-based research environment Ability to communicate and coordinate with non-academic audiences Experience with grant writing and securing extramural funding Applied conservation experience in Canada or the United States Quantitative research skills such as survey design and analysis

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