Student hourly-People, Institutions, and Ecosystems

Rissman PIE Lab

The Rissman PIE Lab (People, Institutions, and Ecosystems) is hiring a student hourly for the Summer and possibly Fall semester of 2022. The position will assist with interview transcriptions and a variety of other social science research on how organizations working in agriculture, bioenergy, water, forestry, wildlife, biodiversity, and ecosystem management sectors adapt to abrupt and slow changes. This is part of a large interdisciplinary FEWscapes project focused on sustainable outcomes in the Upper Midwest, USA, with funding from the National Science Foundation. Pay starts at $15/hour for an undergraduate or higher for a graduate student. All work can be conducted remotely.

Project goals

  • Understand perceptions of farmers, landowners, and policy actors on Agriculture-Energy-Water-Ecosystems (FEWE) sector security, synergies, and tradeoffs
  • Understand how farmers, landowners, and policy actors respond to abrupt (e.g., extreme weather events; new policy) and slow changes (e.g., climate)
  • Analyze how FEWE nexus governance networks affect decision-making processes under the changes

Duties & Qualifications

  • One duty will be helping to conduct interviews, taking notes during interviews, and editing computer-generated transcriptions of interviews
  • There may be opportunities to help with other elements of the project such as survey design and implementation, document analysis, social network analysis, ArcGIS analysis, and statistics depending on the applicant’s qualifications.
  • Opportunity to expand into an undergraduate research project if interested.

We believe that diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation, and we strongly encourage people of color, and people of all genders, sexual orientations, and cultural backgrounds to apply. No prior transcription or research experience is necessary. We are seeking someone who is detail-oriented, comfortable working independently, and a good communicator, and who has an interest in agriculture, bioenergy, water, forestry, wildlife, biodiversity, and ecosystems conservation nexus governance. Applicants must be enrolled as students at UW-Madison or another college/university.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume including GPA, and contact information for 2 references in ONE single PDF to Yu Lu ( by email. We will start reviewing applications in May, and the review will continue until the position is filled.

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