The Natural Resource Management Department at South Dakota State University is seeking to fill a graduate student research assistantship position (either MS or PhD based on interests and qualifications) to advance knowledge about women in the outdoors, the fastest growing segment of America’s hunters and anglers today. The successful candidate will be advised by Dr. Jennifer Zavaleta Cheek and housed in the Natural Resource Management Department at South Dakota State University. The student will work with women’s groups for hunting and fishing, employing qualitative research techniques, including using social systems mapping techniques. Ideally the candidate will have some experience with qualitative methods, but technical skills are not required. The successful candidate will work closely with women’s group leaders and support a project aimed at improving retention of women in the outdoors. The successful candidate will gain skills in supervising a team of student workers and will be required to travel to participate in women’s hunting and fishing retreats in SD, MT, UT, CO, and WY. The successful candidate will also support the establishment of a community of practice. The student will conduct an independent thesis research project that aligns with the larger goal and research team, produce a report and online storymap in addition to peer-reviewed publications, present at conferences, and complete necessary coursework.

The student will be supported on a combination of teaching and research assistantships for a minimum of 2 years, with the possibility of more depending on funding availability. The stipend is $20,000 with full tuition waiver. GRE scores not required for admission. The anticipated start date is January 2022. However, there is opportunity to start earlier and be paid hourly, if desired.

To apply: Please submit a single PDF with your name in the title to [email protected]: 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for the position, 2) resume or CV, 3) unofficial transcripts, and 4) a list of three references and their contact information. Deadline: September 15, 2022

South Dakota State University and Brookings Community:

South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 academic programs, an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students, and over $60 million annual research expenditures. SDState is the premiere research university and land-grant institution in South Dakota.  Jackrabbits Athletics competes as NCAA Division I.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. Brookings is listed as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees, and is rated among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota. The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.