A research team, based at Colgate University in New York, USA, and funded by the National Science Foundation, is studying the extent, status and conservation of Ethiopian church forests. The project’s main goals are to explain the mechanisms of church forest protection, and determine why some church forest communities are responding well to social change while others are witnessing severe forest degradation. The research team uses mixed methods, including ecological sampling, geographic information science, ethnography, interviews, and archival analysis.
Two research assistants (one in ecology/forestry, and one in the social sciences) are sought to conduct fieldwork and data processing for an interdisciplinary project on the conservation of church forests in South Gondar, Ethiopia.
Start Date: May 1st, 2016
Duration / Compensation: one year with possible 2 year renewal (up to 3 years), competitive salary will be provided commensurate with experience.
Project Location: The project office is based in Bahir Dar with frequent travel to rural field sites (100-200 km radius).
Social Science Research Assistant:
Will conduct research on the human drivers of land use change as part of a collaborative research project.
1.Conduct social science field work regularly, 2-3 weeks/month, interviewing and administering surveys in Amharic (and translating to
English) about perceptions and use of the church forests 2.Conduct data processing and coding of completed questionnaires 3.Data analysis and manuscript preparation 4.Regular communication via email, phone, or Skype with the PI’s 5.Facilitate to secure ethical clearance, and collaboration from stakeholders 6.Assist logistics arrangements during data collection.
7.Perform any other related activities as assigned by PI’s.
Applicants must have a Master’s or Doctoral degree in anthropology, geography, history, sociology or some other relevant discipline that informs understanding of the complex socio-cultural dynamics of land-use change and natural resource use. Experience conducting interviews and fluency in both English and Amharic is essential.
Ecology/Forestry Research Assistant:
Will conduct fieldwork and process data as part of a collaborative project on the conservation of church forests in South Gondar, Ethiopia.
1.Conduct ecological field work regularly (2-3 weeks/month) on forest status as part of a collaborative research project 2.Data input and management (e.g. Excel) 3.Regular communication via email, phone, or Skype with the PI’s 4.Assist logistics arrangements during data collection.
5.Perform any other related activities as assigned by PI’s.
Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in biology, ecology or forestry. Master’s and Doctoral students are encouraged to apply.
Experience conducting fieldwork and fluency in both English and Amharic is essential.
Please fill out the appropriate application below and send your Curriculum Vitae and have three letters of reference sent to Dr.
Cardelús via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Review of completed applications will be March 1st, 2016 and interviews will take place in mid- March 2016.
Social science position application: http://goo.gl/forms/YT111i8ROI Ecology/Forestry position application: http://goo.gl/forms/NJ6OOsUlbd