Summer 2020 Social and Policy Research on Grasslands

Hiring a student hourly for summer 2020 with possibility of continuing into Fall 2020 to help with social and policy research on grasslands and transitions to managed grazing and savannah.  20-40 hours/week. Pay starting at $15/hour for an undergraduate or higher for a graduate student. All work will be conducted remotely from home by phone/internet.

  • understand catalysts and barriers for change toward grasslands, regenerative agriculture, agroforestry
  • conducting and categorizing interviews with decision-makers and farmers
  • conducting literature review, content analysis of news articles, policy documents, public hearings
  • writing policy briefs and webpage text for outreach for those considering transitions to managed grazing
  • research and writing about federal, state, county policy and how they shape farm and farmer experiences
  • research on grass-based and conventional milk and beef in the upper Midwest

Preference for students with real-world experience in policy, agriculture, forestry, or other relevant experience. Please send a cover letter, resume including GPA, and contact information for 3 references in ONE single PDF to me by email.

Dr. Adena Rissman
PIE lab: People, Institutions and Ecosystems
Dept of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
University of Wisconsin – Madison