The Applied Park Science Lab in the Park Management & Conservation program at Kansas State University is pleased to announce multiple openings for a graduate research assistantship (GRA) M.S. and Ph.D. starting Fall of 2022. The GRAs, under the direction of Dr. Ryan Sharp, will be heavily involved in understanding social impacts related to visitor use at Cimarron National Grasslands (a unit of the US Forest Service). The successful candidates will be responsible for collecting objective and subjective data. The selected student will also collaborate on projects at several other parks and protected areas, especially in the Washington D.C. area.

Experience in the following areas is highly desired:

  • Visitor use management (related to natural resources, social impacts, planning, and community engagement)
  • Working with/for land management agencies, either domestic or international
  • Statistical applications (e.g. SPSS)
  • GIS applications (e.g. ArcGIS)

GRAs are 12-month, 20-hour per week positions that include a competitive stipend, tuition, and health insurance benefits. Positions are renewable each year based on satisfactory progress. Please visit to learn more about the program and faculty.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Ryan Sharp (contact information below) prior to submitting their application materials. Applicants wishing to be considered for the assistantship should submit the following materials via email to Dr. Sharp:

  • A cover letter articulating interest and skills pertaining to the above assistantship
  • A current resume/CV
  • Names and contact information for 3 academic or professional references

Dr. Ryan L. Sharp
Assistant Professor
Park Management and Conservation
Kansas State University
[email protected]