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Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences

College of Natural Resources

phone: (208) 885-7952
fax: (208) 885-6564

875 Perimeter Drive MS 1133
Moscow, ID 83844-1133

Graduate Assistantships

Logging safety and GPS Assistantships

One MS and one PhD Assistantship are available in the Forest Operations Research Lab at the University of Idaho. Research Assistants will work as part of new grant funded by the CDC/NIH National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to reduce fatal and near-fatal logging accidents in the Pacific Northwest. In this research, we are working closely with logging contractors to characterize the human factors that lead to fatal and near-fatal accidents. We are then evaluating the use of real-time multi-transmitter GPS systems for characterizing situations that lead to safety hazards in order to identify acceptable and unacceptable uses of the technology. We will evaluate positional accuracy in a series of designed experiments and develop methods for analysis of multi transmitter GPS data.

The successful applicants will work as part of a team with CO-PI’s that include faculty in Forest Operations, Extension Forestry, and Remote Sensing, as well as two MS students and several undergraduate research technicians. Field work will be conducted at various field sites in the Pacific Northwest and on the University of Idaho Experimental Forest.

Assistantship: An out-of-state tuition waiver, fees and full time graduate assistantship is available. The assistantship is approximately $19,800 / yr for 3 years and includes support for travel and field expenses.

Location: Moscow, Idaho

To apply: Students interested in applying should contact Dr. Robert Keefe, Assistant Professor of Forest Operations, by email ( Please attach a copy of your CV. The names of three references and GRE scores are also required for application to the Graduate School at the University of Idaho. International students and women are encouraged to apply. Past experience in forestry, forest operations / forest engineering is preferred but not required. GIS and remote sensing skills are a plus for this assistantship. Applications will be considered at any time until the positions are filled.

Oxbow Graduate Fellowship, University of Idaho Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research

The Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research at the University of Idaho (housed within the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences) is seeking an outstanding candidate for graduate research, preferably at the M.S. level, with interest in native plant regeneration, nursery management, seedling production, or restoration of degraded lands. This unique fellowship provides an opportunity for applied research, teaching and technology transfer, and experience in native plant nursery production. Approximately half of the fellowship will be conducted based out of Moscow, ID at the University of Idaho main campus, and the other half at the Oxbow Center’s Native Plant Nursery in Carnation, WA. The 2016 Oxbow Fellow will conduct research investigating the influence of temperature, photoperiod, and nutritional regime on Camassia spp. biomass in a nursery setting.

The College of Natural Resources operates the state-of-the-art Franklin H. Pitkin Nursery at the University of Idaho, which grows more than 400,000 seedlings per year. Research conducted at the nursery benefits seedling growers and users by focusing on seedling quality and all facets of nursery stock production. We serve the Intermountain region as a seedling production technology center working closely with federal, state, tribal, and industry interests. A partnership with the Oxbow Organic Farm and Conservation Center provides a unique graduate research opportunity. Oxbow is a non-profit organization consisting of an organic 30-acre mixed vegetable farm, a children’s education program, and native plant research and production facility. The small-scale nursery is focused growing a variety of native plants for restoration and landscaping, performs research exploring organic and sustainable propagation techniques, and works on education and outreach to the community regarding the value of native plants in our landscape. Students will participate in all aspects of nursery production, restoration, and research projects throughout their work at Oxbow.

STIPEND: Fellowships pay a stipend ($32,500/year with funding for 2 years at the M.S. level) and include a waiver of out-of-state tuition for non-Idaho residents. This position begins in January or May 2016, with the potential for an early start should that be mutually desirable. Assistantships require 20 hours weekly involved in nursery production, teaching, research and/or technology transfer. For time spent at Carnation, WA, housing will be provided. Additional academic scholarships are available to students on a competitive basis.

QUALIFICATIONS: Degree in Forestry, Horticulture, Botany, Ecology, or related discipline and a demonstrated interest in native plant propagation and/or restoration of degraded ecosystems. Ability to work both independently and as a team member and comfort traveling are important for success.

APPLICATION: Applicants must apply for admission to the College of Graduate Studies at the University of Idaho. On the application, refer to Dr. Anthony S. Davis, Director, Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research, and this assistantship. Prior to application prospective students should contact Dr. Davis. Applicants will be evaluated on their resume, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, scores on the Graduate Record Exam, and an interview. Applications for January or May 2016 are due 31 October 2015.

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Foster Forestry Fellowship

The Consul General Foster Forestry Fellowship (herein Foster Forestry Fellowship), established in 1954, provides support for students from Latin America to complete studies in forestry at the University of Idaho. We are currently recruiting a graduate student at the MS or PhD level. A stipend (awarded at current rate; MS for 2 years, PhD for 3 years) and an out-of-state tuition waiver are provided. The Foster Fellow and major professor are encouraged to identify additional funding sources to cover in-state fees. This fellowship is available to both currently enrolled and potential students, however is conditional upon acceptance into an appropriate program at the University of Idaho and identification of a major professor in the College of Natural Resources.

Application process:

A letter, not exceeding three pages, explaining the desired outcome, either from a personal perspective or for the study objectives, of studying forestry at the University of Idaho. This can come from either a student (potential or current) or a faculty interested in recruiting a student. It is due to the Head of the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences by 11 December 2015. If for a potential student, they must have met all requirements for admission into the University of Idaho at the time of application.

Funding Cycle

  • 11 December 2015: Applications due by close of business
  • 31 January 2016: Award notification and selection
  • 1 August 2016: Funds available

Please address questions to Anthony S. Davis (

Ph.D. Assistantship - Tree Hydraulics - Johnson lab

The Johnson lab at the University of Idaho is looking for a highly-motivated Ph.D. student to work on an aspect (to be determined by Dr. Johnson and the student) of tree hydraulics. Potential projects include, but are not limited to, xylem embolism occurrence and repair, leaf hydraulic function, and whole-tree responses to drought. The position would start in August of 2015. The University of Idaho is located in Moscow, a small college town with abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation and a thriving arts scene. Pullman, WA (Washington State University) is only 7 miles from Moscow and between the two schools there are many opportunities for collaboration. For more information email Dan Johnson or view his faculty profile.