The Division of Forestry and Natural Resources at the West Virginia
University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and
Design in Morgantown, WV is seeking applications for a
The Post-Doctoral Fellow assists with and conducts research on
projects dealing with the development of land reclamation
education, human dimensions of land use, and perceptions of water
quality at the state, national and international levels. Project
sponsors include the USDA Forest Service (USFS), US National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), US Geological Survey
(USGS), US National Science Foundation (NPS) and the USDA National
Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Travel will be
Responsibilities are functional in nature and performed under
Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:
• Plan and conduct surveys with various populations segments- for
example: recreational studies in the Florida Keys, Great Lakes,
Oregon, etc., focusing on visitors and local recreation guide
• Create and maintain existing project databases for data
• Attend bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly meetings as
needed with project partners.
• Attend research conferences and read scientific literature to
keep abreast of technological advances and current research
• Identify and assist with acquisition of funding from public,
private, and governmental sources.
• Assist with development of novel research proposals for sponsor
• Write proposals, papers, and abstracts to attract research
• Search scientific literature to select and modify methods and
procedures most appropriate for research goals.
• Perform laboratory and field experiment activities according to
• Conduct independent experimental data analysis.
• Maintain detailed logs of work-related activities, including
accurate laboratory records and data on research methods,
procedures, and results.
• Oversee research facilities and personnel: Assure compliance with
research protocols and safety requirements, oversee and direct
undergraduate and graduate researchers in the completion of
experiments, maintain lab equipment; keep accurate inventory of lab
assets; monitor and assure proper use and conditions of lab
• Write and present research/study status reports for review and
use of the Principal Investigator.
• Prepare results of experimental findings for presentation to
colleagues and the sponsor; at professional/technical conferences;
and/or, for publication in scientific journals, as directed.
• Research assistance with research projects such as the National
Visitor Use Monitoring Program (NVUM) partnered with the U.S.
Forest Service. Additional research projects include partnerships
with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to
develop research products to benefit socioeconomic understanding of
National Marine Sanctuaries and the National Science Foundation
(NSF) to create more data and resource accessibility for
underserved populations in natural resource areas. New research
projects can come with the development of different research
proposals. Research tasks vary depending on project needs, and will
include many components including but not limited to: literature
reviewing, proposal drafting, budgeting, scheduling, personnel
management, publication writing, presentation of results in
conferences, technical report writing,
• Other tasks as assigned.
University and Program
West Virginia University, designated as a Research University (High
Research Activity), is a comprehensive, land-grant institution with
an enrollment of over 29,000 students and includes a
highly-regarded Medical Center and Law school http://www.wvu.edu.
The University is
situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, 75 miles
south of Pittsburgh, PA, within easy driving distance of major
eastern metropolitan areas including NYC and Washington, DC.
Morgantown – West Virginia’s fourth largest city – recently was
rated No. 1 Small City in America, Best Small City in the East, and
3rd Best Small Town in the nation. These high ratings resulted from
its mix of intellectual, cultural, and social amenities; university
services (including medical); year-round summer and winter outdoor
recreational opportunities; small town warmth; and a public-school
system that has been rated in the top two percentile in academic
At West Virginia University, it is one of five program areas in the
Division of Forestry and Natural Resources ( https://forestry.wvu.edu/
program offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral
levels. The program is housed within the Davis College of
Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.
Candidates must meet standard eligibility requirements to work in
the United States and have demonstrated effective verbal and
written communication skills in English. Applicants may apply for
the position at http://careers.wvu.edu
to the position title listed above.
Upload the following documents for applications:
1) Letter of application that discusses qualifications for the
2) Curriculum vitae, including a list of courses taught with
3) A philosophy of teaching statement;
4) A research agenda;
5) Contact information for three professional references.
Direct inquires to Dr. Robert Burns, Chairperson/Director of the
Division of Forestry and Natural Resources at Robert.Burns@mail.wvu.edu.
• Ph.D. from an accredited university in Recreation, Parks and
Tourism Resources, Natural Resources Management or related field is
required at the time of appointment. ABD applicants will be
• Experience in conducting social science surveying and data
analysis is required.
• Experience with SPSS, SAS or other statistical program is
• Ability to conduct multi-variate analysis of complex statistical
• Ability with developing and authoring peer-reviewed manuscripts
for high-index journals in a timely manner.
• Experience in teaching students in high education setting with a
focus on sustainable environmental services preferred.
• Ability to obtain WVU issued P-Card required within 6 weeks of
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