Funded M.S. Position in environmental policy, planning, and sustainability at the University of New Hampshire 

Catherine M. Ashcraft, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH USA


I am accepting applications for an M.S. student in environmental policy, planning, and sustainability at the University of New Hampshire. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until June 29, 2018. Applicants should email the required materials to


The selected student will complete their M.S. in Natural Resources: Environmental Conservation in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of New Hampshire, an interdisciplinary department that integrates social and ecological science education. The student will participate in an NSF-funded interdisciplinary research initiative examining the economic, technological, ecological, social and political tradeoffs associated with different kinds of dam decisions. The student will work closely with our team on research on environmental negotiation and the use of science in decision-making. More information about the project is available at


The position will provide teaching experience through a teaching assistantship and includes full tuition, a $18,640 9-month academic year stipend, 20 hr/wk summer pay, and health insurance for 2 years. The start date for this position is August 20, 2018.


Desired qualifications include a B.A. or B.S. in environmental studies, natural resource management, political science or a related field, a strong interest in interdisciplinary and applied research, an inquisitive nature, strong communication skills, the ability to work well independently and as part of a team, and fluency in English. Experience with qualitative research is highly desirable. To apply please send the following items in a single PDF file to Catherine Ashcraft ( letter describing your interests and qualifications, including academic preparation, CV, unofficial undergraduate transcript, and the names and contact information for 3 professional references. Please put “UNH Graduate Assistantship” in the subject line. The selected candidate will need to submit full application materials; see more information at Contact Dr. Ashcraft with questions.


The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment is New Hampshire’s educational center for the scholarly study of environmental and social sciences, and their application to the policy and management of natural resources from local to global scales. As an M.S. student in Natural Resources you can expect to pursue an interdisciplinary approach to natural resource education, receive support from world-class faculty, receive personal attention to individual scholastic development, receive training for a successful career as a teacher, researcher, practitioner or organizational leader and receive preparation to become a leader in the stewardship of natural resources. Students will be engaged in ecosystem science and watershed relevant natural resources and environmental management policies, communication, public participation, negotiation and dispute resolution skill building. See more at


The University of New Hampshire combines the living and learning environment of a New England liberal arts college with the breadth, spirit of discovery, and civic commitment of a land-grant research institution. UNH has 13,000 undergraduates and 2,400 graduate students. Located in Durham, New Hampshire, UNH thrives in a diverse, dynamic, and beautiful part of New England. Durham, only an hour from Boston, is also conveniently close to the Atlantic Ocean, as well as New Hampshire’s rugged White Mountains and pristine Lakes Region. With the University as its centerpiece, Durham provides a classic college town setting. Its downtown merges seamlessly with campus and offers plenty of student hangouts, restaurants, shops, and conveniences. Yet, nearby are 2,600 acres of forests, fields, and farmland that UNH maintains for walking, biking, skiing, and exploring.



Catherine M. Ashcraft, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

Department of Natural Resources and the Environment

University of New Hampshire

134 James Hall, 56 College Road

Durham, NH 03824 USA