Research Opportunities

Postdoctoral Scholar in Conservation Social Science

I am seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Associate. to join an exciting new U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service project investigating the nexus of voluntary conservation programs, stewardship behavior of private landowners, and wildlife conservation outcomes. This applied research will improve the implementation of the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program on private lands in the southeast.

The successful candidate must be a highly motivated scientist with a PhD specializing in the human dimensions of conservation and have considerable experience with all of the following social science methods: interviewing, focus groups, and survey research. The successful candidate will work closely with the USFWS Southeast Region to develop and implement the research.

The post-doc will join Virginia Tech’s Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation. Funding is for two years. The post-doc must start during February 2019.

If interested, please email the following as a single pdf document: 1) a brief cover letter describing your professional background, relevant research experience and interests, career goals, and reasons for seeking the position, 2) a current curriculum vitae/resume, and 3) names and contact information for three references directly to me at

Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received, but materials must be received on or before December 17, 2017.

Contact information
Michael G. Sorice
Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation
310 W. Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8303 |