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Research Associate, OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources


Conducts new research related to visitor use of National Wildlife Refuges in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, including supervision of programmatic operations (i.e., research design); prepares data sets and conducts data analysis in support of project goals; prepares refuge-specific summary reports for public dissemination; prepares presentations and presents findings at local, regional, and national meetings; reviews relevant literature in order to prepare manuscripts related to visitor use of federal public lands under changing social-ecological conditions; other duties as assigned. This position will assist Dr. Alia Dietsch with research activities (and possible teaching support) primarily in support of National Wildlife Refuges (see, though other parks and protected area contexts (e.g., National Parks, local or regional parks) may apply.

Supervision Exercised:

This position will supervise the responsibilities of undergraduate students employed on the project, and may supervise the work of other team members (e.g., graduate students) and will collaborate with external partners.

Additional Information:
Ohio State is focused on enhancing the health and safety of our community. Therefore, the university is requiring every student, faculty and staff member to be compliant with Ohio State’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

By the start of employment, all newly hired employees must receive at least the first dose of a two-dose series or a single dose of a one-dose series COVID-19 vaccination. Individuals who choose a two-dose series vaccination must receive the second dose within 45 days of their start date. Proof of vaccination will be required at time of hire.

Candidates may request a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination requirement. Campus employees may also request an exemption for personal reasons. Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, College of Medicine or OSUP Employees are not eligible for personal exemptions. All exemptions are subject to Ohio State’s approval and subject to change, including revocation, due to legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Job Type: Staff
  • Organization: The Ohio State University - FAES
  • Qualifications: Required: Bachelor’s degree in environmental social science, human dimensions of natural resources, or other related social sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology) or equivalent combination of education and experience. 1-3 years of relevant experience. Preferred: Master’s degree (which counts toward the 1-3 years of relevant experience). Experience working with Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) or statistical packages such as R. Commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Experience working in spatial mapping software, such as ArcGIS, also welcomed.
  • How to apply: Apply on website:
  • Location: Columbus, OH
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Dr. Alia Dietsch
The Ohio State University

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