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Graduate Assistantship

Jornada Experimental Range, New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, New Mexico
GA starting annual salary is ~$28,000
Closing date
May 1, 2024

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Atmospheric Sciences, Interdisciplinary/Other, Natural Hazards
Career Level
Student / Graduate
Education Level
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
Sector Type


The Jornada Experimental Range in Las Cruces, NM is seeking a graduate research assistant (MS or PhD) to join our team. The successful applicant will work with Jornada scientists, staff and external collaborators on a funded project to assess the effectiveness of streamflow and vegetation treatments on dust emission from a playa surface. The project aims to understand how aeolian-fluvial interactions respond to climate and vegetation treatments to drive trends in local dust emission, which has significant economic and hazards impacts along a major transportation corridor. There are multiple avenues for the successful applicant to contribute to the overall project through their graduate research. The student will receive their degree from New Mexico State University’s Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences ( and will be expected to produce original research for their graduate thesis. Successful applicants should be highly motivated, creative and be willing to work independently and as a part of a diverse, multidisciplinary team.



Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in natural resources, geography, environmental science, or a related field. A background in aeolian processes, restoration ecology or rangeland science is desirable, but not required. Experience (or coursework) with ecological, meteorological and/or climatological data analysis is also desirable.


About the Jornada

The Jornada Experimental Range ( enjoys a global network of partners and collaborators as we work to increase sustainability and resilience in rangelands. Scientists and staff work closely with producers, land management agencies, and non-governmental organizations to support sustainable agriculture, land management, restoration, and climate adaptation. We also conduct research with numerous universities and international organizations. Students play an important role in these efforts and gain valuable experience working as part of large team to address complex issues. We actively support professional development and encourage students to engage directly with our network of stakeholders and collaborators. Many of our students go on to a successful career with these same partners.


To Apply

Interested individuals should submit a brief statement outlining their experience and research interests related to the position, an unofficial copy of transcripts, and the names and contact information of two references. Letters of reference may be requested for finalists. Please send application materials (in a single pdf document) or questions about the opportunity to Brandon Edwards (, Jornada Experimental Range, Las Cruces, NM.

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