The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI) is seeking undergraduate student assistant to conduct vegetation monitoring of existing (base) conditions for a site where restoration activities will be installed in the Spring of 2022 for a minimum of 13 up to 20 hours a week depending on the student’s availability.
The position is an exciting opportunity to be part of a multi-disciplinary, collaborative stakeholder and scientific group that is seeking innovative solutions to long-standing and pressing dryland restoration questions. The project focuses upon low-impact watershed restoration to support stakeholder goals in the Southern New Mexico region, primarily by increasing upland watershed ecological and agricultural productivity to reduce flood energy and sediment transport.
Research goals focus upon both the social and the natural systems and include gaining greater understandings of: i) how to achieve actual improvements in watershed health and water management through collaboratively working with stakeholders, particularly land and water managers and ii) the tightly coupled water and vegetation dynamics typical to drylands, particularly in the distinct ecological zones of flow. Opportunities exist to participate in regional watershed restoration research, planning, and implementation through innovative grant projects.
Responsibilities will be primarily to assist and collaborate in field research, follow-up data collection, and may also include post-analysis, GIS analysis, research analysis, working with stakeholders, and assisting in developing materials for reports and presentations to provide the results to project partners and stakeholders for application in local watershed management. The student will work closely with team leaders, and under the direct supervision of the project lead, Dr. Maxwell.
Successful candidates will have a strong academic record, interest in hydrology, ecology, biology, environmental science, or a similar natural resource related field, as well as the ability to effectively collaborate and work independently. Preference will be given to applicants who have previous field research experience and an enthusiasm for working outside in southwestern US climates. Requirements also include a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a license within one months of hire, the ability to lift 20-40 lbs and carry equipment.
Submission Details and Requirements:
Submit the application directly to the handshake system. More information about NMWRRI can be found at: https://nmwrri.nmsu.edu/, and the NMSU Water Science and Management Graduate Program at https://wsm.nmsu.edu/.
When applying for the position, please include in the cover letter: 1) your general research and career goals and 2) if you are interested in continuing your studies and obtaining a MS or PhD. Note that interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until position is filled.
US work authorization is required, but NM WRRI is accepting OPT/CPT candidates.