M.S. and Ph.D. Assistantships in Forest Business, University of Georgia

The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia is searching for M.S. or Ph.D.-level graduate students to conduct research related to forest business sustainability. Projects may involve harvest systems evaluation, transportation logistics, supply chain optimization, business profitability, integrating technology into forest business management, and environmental impact assessments. The specific research focus will be structured to align with the program’s goals as well as the successful candidate’s interests and strengths. Positions are available beginning Summer (June) or Fall (August) 2023 and include an annual stipend (MS: $22,240, PhD: $24,040) and tuition waiver. M.S. students will be funded for two years whereas Ph.D. students
will be funded for three years. Interested students should email Dr. Chad Bolding, Professor and Langdale Chair in Forest Business (bolding@uga.edu) or Dr. Joe Conrad, Associate Professor of Forest Operations (jlconrad@uga.edu) with a brief statement of interest and resume. GRE scores are not required. Applications must be submitted to the University of Georgia Graduate School: https://grad.uga.edu/admissions/apply-now/.

Required qualifications:

  • MS positions: a bachelor’s degree in forestry, natural resources, environmental resource management, or a closely related field
  • PhD positions: an MF, MFR, MNR or MS degree in forestry, natural resources, environmental resource management, environmental science, or a closely related field
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to effectively interact with groups such as landowners, loggers, foresters, truck drivers, and agency, industry, and academic colleagues
  • An interest in applied forestry, field data collection, and the ability to work independently
  • A valid U.S. driver’s license

Georgia is well-known for its quality of life, both in terms of outdoor and urban activities (www.georgia.gov). The University of Georgia (www.uga.edu) is a land/sea/space grant institution comprised of 18 schools and colleges. Athens is a diverse community of approximately 150,000 people located 65 miles from Atlanta. UGA enrolls about 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional
students. The Warnell School is a professional school with 69 faculty, 100 support staff, 250 undergraduates, and 225 graduate students (www.warnell.uga.edu). The School offers Bachelor of Science, Master of Forest Resources, Master of Natural Resources, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the areas of Forestry, Fisheries & Wildlife, Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management, and Natural Resource Management & Sustainability. The school manages approximately 20,000 acres of forestland across the state in support of its teaching, outreach, and research missions. The Harley Langdale Jr. Center for Forest Business (https://warnell.uga.edu/about/centers-labs/harley-langdale-jr-center-forestbusiness) is well-known for its Master’s graduate program in forest business with successful alumni employed globally. The center biennially hosts the UGA Timberland Investment Conference which draws attendees from around the world (http://www.ugacfb.com/2023-timberland-investment-conference/).