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Graduate Assistantship with University of Idaho in Moscow Idaho

Type of position Position is an MS or PhD Assistantship
Employer University of Idaho
Description of Employer The University of Idaho’s role in the state’s economic prosperity dates back to our inception. Our research-driven, innovative spirit began in agriculture, engineering and military sciences. We continue this tradition today, making an impact on all areas of industry. From providing a high-quality, accessible education — to leading breakthroughs in clean water, cybersecurity, healthcare, agronomy and fire science — we forge partnerships to improve the lives of all Idahoans.
The College of Graduate Studies (COGS) is the graduate degree-granting college for the University of Idaho. We have over 600 graduate faculty members participating in teaching and research and over $100 million in annual grants, contracts and research appropriations.Throughout this site you can find information aimed at current or newly admitted students and faculty and staff. New students interested in seeking a graduate degree at the University of Idaho are encouraged to reach out and connect with faculty
University of Idaho is the Best Value Public School in the West — a U.S. News & World Report ranking it earned in both 2021 and 2022 and again in 2023. The Best Value rankings compare overall quality of the institution related to its price and any need-based aid or discounts given. U of I ranks in the top 6% of all public universities on the Top Public School list.
Location Moscow Idaho
Description of Location One of the biggest reasons people love the University of Idaho is the town in which we’re located. Nestled into the rolling green hills of the Palouse, Moscow, Idaho, is a great college town just waiting for you to explore. Here are some of the reasons you’re sure to fall in love with your new hometown.
1. Perfect college town.

Livability.com ranked Moscow as one of the best college towns in America, and it’s easy to see why. There are plenty of great spots for you to study, eat or unwind that are open and welcoming to students. Plus, you’ll find that many local business owners and residents are alumni. They love Moscow so much they don’t want to leave!
Rated as Idaho’s most walkable city, Moscow puts practically everything you need on or next to campus, and there’s no hill climbing involved! Wide sidewalks and plenty of crosswalks help you get around safely on foot. In addition to Paradise Path, a bike trail that runs through campus and winds through Moscow along Paradise Creek, most streets downtown have designated bike lanes, and there are bike racks to secure your wheels wherever you go. We even have community events like the Fondo on the Palouse to celebrate our two-wheeled vehicles.
Moscow is surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape you won’t find anywhere else in the country. We’re minutes away from both mountains and prairie. There are too many opportunities to list, but within an hour’s drive, you can hike, bike, run, ski, climb, paddle, fish and more. Don’t know where to start? The Outdoor Program at the Rec Center runs workshops and trips to get you going.

Salary 20,000 to 24,000
Benefits Student Health Benefits
Closing date of competition 9/1/2023
Date position available 1/15/2024
Description of duties

MS or PhD Assistantship in Plant Science and Rangeland Ecology evaluating management strategies for fuel breaks to keep them properly functioning and reducing weed invasion. Dr. Tim Prather and Dr. Eva Strand and in the University of Idaho Rangeland Center are seeking a highly motivated MS or PhD student to work collaboratively in the Department of Plant Sciences and the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences at the University of Idaho.


The successful applicant will conduct research that involves implementing and evaluating management strategies through vegetation and fuel sampling in the field, spatial and statistical analysis of data from past interactions of fuel breaks and fire, and conducting plant community analysis within and around fuel breaks. 

 The successful candidate will be working in an interdisciplinary team of faculty and students evaluating the effects of fuel break management treatments, and plant community ecology.  The team collaborates closely with research partners including the Bureau of Land Management and the local ranching community of southern Idaho.  

Qualifications sought

The successful applicant will provide evidence of experience with some aspect of computer modeling and spatial analysis, vegetation sampling, and utilize herbicides for annual grass management, working with ranchers to facilitate cattle grazing treatments and ability to work in natural areas.  The successful applicant will also provide evidence of good communication skills both written and oral. 

Contact for additional information Timothy Prather, [email protected]
Application procedure  
Submit what Please submit a letter of inquiry that details interest and experience, and an unofficial transcript.
Submit to Please send initial inquiry to Tim Prather, [email protected] or Eva Strand [email protected].
Additional Information U of I is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.