Two graduate assistantships in restoration ecology at NMSU

Two funded restoration ecology graduate assistantships are available in the Faist Lab starting fall of 2018 at New Mexico State University.

These positions are exciting opportunities be a part of a multi-disciplinary, collaborative, interagency group that is seeking innovative solutions to long-standing and pressing restoration questions. The two areas of focus for the advertised positions are: seed based restoration efforts to improve dryland restoration success and fire ecology efforts examining how vascular plants and biological soil crusts interact to determine ecosystem resilience and recovery. Projects will involve fieldwork and complimentary greenhouse efforts.

Successful candidates will have a strong academic record in ecology, range sciences, biology, environmental science, or a similar natural resource related field. Preference will be given to applicants who have previous field research experience and an enthusiasm for working outside in southwestern US climates. Positions will be funded through research assistantships, teaching assistantships, or a combination of both.

Please find further lab information at:

Contact Akasha Faist at to apply or inquire further about the available positions. When applying, please include a letter of interest that states 1) general research and career goals, 2) if you are interested in obtaining a Master’s or Ph.D., and 3) if you have a preference to work on dryland seed and habitat restoration efforts or fire ecology efforts and why. In addition to a letter of interest, please also include a current curriculum vitae and unofficial transcripts. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis, however, for full consideration please send materials by December 8th, 2017.

More information about NMSU’s Department of Animal and Range Sciences can be found at and the graduate school at