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Graduate Research Assistantship in Environmental Horticulture


The Klein Arboriculture Lab is seeking a resourceful and motivated individual interested in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry to fill 1 M.S. research assistantship in the Department of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida’s Gainesville campus. The position is set to start in the Fall of 2021 and includes two-years of tuition waiver, competitive stipend, and benefits. Potential research topics are flexible but will have a general focus on tree risk assessment and risk perception, the effects of hurricanes on urban tree survivability, the propagation of tree species from outside of their established hardiness zones, and arboricultural education, training, accreditation, and professionalism. The candidate chosen for the position will have the opportunity to cultivate the necessary skills in the field as well as gain outreach and extension experiences, and overall professional development relevant to future careers in the industry and academia.


It is strongly recommended that candidates have a bachelor’s degree in arboriculture, urban forestry, environmental studies, or a related discipline from an accredited institution. Additionally, previous field and work experience relevant to the potential research topics is preferred. A general understanding of project design, data entry, statistical analysis, and technical writing is beneficial, but not required. Interested candidates should be open to learning new skills, have a positive attitude, and a strong work ethic. A willingness to work outdoors in the heat and humidity is a must.


For additional information about the position please contact Dr. Ryan Klein at The application deadline is December 1, 2020. Details regarding the application process can be found at