Research assistant for the Rangeland Resources Systems Research Unit (RRSRU) of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), based out of Fort Collins, CO. The incumbent will assist with summer data collection for an ongoing project focused on improving the Conservation Reserve Program in the West.
The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a cost-share program between farmers or ranchers and the United States Government. It aims to reduce soil erosion, enhance water quality, and improve wildlife and pollinator habitat by converting former cropland to perennial vegetative cover. In 2016, the USDA’s Farm Service Agency commissioned a study to look into improving establishment of pollinator-friendly CRP plantings in dry areas of the Mountain West. The Colorado branch of this project has five research sites located 10-150 miles east of Fort Collins. Experimental planting treatments were installed at all five sites in 2017 and 2018, and ongoing monitoring efforts are underway to assess success of different treatments. This is the third summer of full-time monitoring. The Research Assistant will be responsible for collecting scientific data in the field, maintaining positive and friendly relationships with landowners and collaborators, and managing data entry and organization in the office.
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