Field assistants for urban agroforestry education project

Volunteers helping children plant trees.

Two field assistants capable of working 10-15 hours/week for a total of 7 months are needed to work for an urban agroforestry/environmental education project.

Successful applicants will work with a collaborative team composed of researchers and staff from FIU and The Education Fund on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-sponsored project, “Environmental education in urban food forests: measuring students’ knowledge and attitudes about the natural sciences in a participatory setting”.

Food forests are located in 25 different Miami-Dade County Public Schools and are a part of The Education Fund’s Food Forests for Schools program. The FIU field team will develop a long-term monitoring plan to evaluate soil and tree health, plant and insect diversity, as well as ecosystem services provided by the food forests. There will also be opportunities to engage with the lead teachers and The Education Fund garden interns responsible for the management of the food forests.

All majors can apply, but previous work/research experience in the agroecological sciences will be helpful. The expected start date is flexible and can be as early as 20 November 2019. Paid compensation is based on an hourly rate of $10/hr.

To Apply:
Applicants should e-mail the following documents to Dr. Cara Rockwell with 1) a cover letter describing your research experience, interests and goals; and 2) current CV/resume, including contact information for at least two references. Review of e-mail applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.