Graduate Assistantship in Environmental Sustainability 2017-18- Plymouth State University, New Hampshire

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Graduate Assistantship in Environmental Sustainability 2017-18- Plymouth State University, New Hampshire 

Looking for a unique graduate experience that blends ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLICY with SUSTAINABILITY and GIS?   The MASTER'S PROGRAM in ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLICY at Plymouth State University (NH), in conjunction with the Office of Environmental  Sustainability and the Center for the Environment, is recruiting a graduate student for AY 2017-18 to serve as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) and  Sustainability Fellow- Program Coordinator for the Office of Environmental  Sustainability (OES). Plymouth State University is located in central New Hampshire at the gateway to the White Mountains and the Lakes Region in the quaint town of Plymouth. PSU is within minutes of ski resorts, lakes, and  parks and only two hours from Boston. 

Graduate Assistantship Description: Graduate research will focus on the analysis of statewide bikeability using GIS data and spatial analysis to better understand biking patterns throughout New Hampshire (NH) and to help identify barriers to increased activity. The project is in part by the NH Dept of Transportation. The GRA will help transform manual, automated, and phone-app derived (Strava) data into reliable metrics of road use and avoidance  using GIS. The GRA will help synthesize the results of a public participatory GIS (PPGIS) survey conducted in fall 2016. Data analysis will 1) identify spatiotemporal patterns of biking and walking in NH, 2) identify hotspots of activity that may become the impetus for greater investment in healthy and sustainable  community entrepreneurship (e.g. bike shops, cafes), 3) identify underused  transportation corridors and investigate potential barriers to use, and 4)  provide a baseline assessment from which core indicators of biking and  walking activity can be derived and integrated into statewide health and  transportation reports.

For the right candidate, there is the opportunity to work as the OES  Sustainability Fellow - Program Coordinator, serving as a point of contact  in OES for the other students employed in OES and for faculty, staff, and  students at PSU for the academic year, under the supervision of the  Director of the OES. This role comes with additional tuition and stipend support.

- BA/BS in Geography (GIS), Environmental Science/Studies, Sustainability, Natural Resources, or related field (minimum cumulative GPA 3.0).
- GIS Certificate, Advanced coursework and/or experience using ArcGIS (*experience with Python and Network Analyst required & SQL experience preferred)  
- Acceptance into the MS program in Environmental Science and Policy at  Plymouth State University  
- Highly organized and self-motivated, with strong independent work ethic   - Interest and passion in Sustainability, including focus on alternative  transportation and environmental conservation 

**The Graduate Assistantship will provide tuition and stipend support to  the selected student for the 2017-18 academic year.  START DATE: as early as June 1 with a corresponding paid summer internship, or as late as August 1, 2017  

Interested candidates should 1) email a letter of interest, copy of transcript(unofficial is fine) and contact information for three references to Dr. Amy Villamagna, by March 30, 2017 for priority consideration, 2) process a Plymouth State University Graduate Student Application at    

For additional information visit:
Plymouth State University Graduate School