Paid research opportunity in soil science

Job opportunity!

a person holding a handful of soil bound in plant roots

Position: Student Researcher (undergraduate or graduate)
Commitment: 10-20 hours/week, Spring Semester, with potential for longer time period
Pay: $12-$15/hr depending on qualifications/experience

What is a healthy soil? How do we quantify a healthy soil?

Soil health and quality have become popular topics, as soil quality can impact drought/flooding resilience, crop production, and climate change, to name a few. But what do we mean when we say ‘soil health’? Can we quantify how management practices will affect soil health? This student researcher position will work with a Natural Resource Ecology Lab Researcher in examining the topics of; how to build soil carbon, improve water-holding capacity, increase water infiltration, and enhance drought resilience with soil conservation practices that improve soil health. Tasks will include literature reviews, data collection and analysis, and coding within the R statistical program with the goal of creating equations and methods to aid in quantifying soil health, and how management practices affect soil quality.

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience in soil science, agriculture, or environmental studies
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Experience with literature reviews
  • Enthusiasm and interest in the topic of soil health

Preferred Qualifications: Experience coding in the R statistics program. Preference for Work Study eligible students, but non work-study students will be considered.

To apply, please email a resume to chris.dorich (at) colostate (dot) edu