Scenes such as this inside Denali National Park will be viewed by a SNRAS graduate student selected for a research project.
SNRAS is searching for a graduate student to live, work, and study in the Alaska wilderness as a graduate research assistant conducting unique visitor surveys.
The student selected will assist with the backcountry management plan in Denali National Park and Preserve. Ten indicators related to the visitor experience (encounters with people, natural sound disturbance, evidence of modern human use) will be identified and monitored and levels compared to standards. This project, the first measure of the indicators, will survey visitors to the park during summer 2010, and analyze data and report results during fall 2010 and spring 2011. Interviews with park visitors will be conducted and occasional trips into the backcountry to observe the distribution of day hikers might be required. The student will be located in the park throughout the summer; housing will be provided.
The candidate needs to have a B.S. or B.A. in a relevant field such as recreation, parks management, or natural resource management, and needs to be accepted in the natural resources management master's of science program that SNRAS offers. He or she should be comfortable conducting interviews with strangers, and must have strong quantitative and writing skills. Previous experience with the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences is desirable.
If interested, contact Associate Professor Peter Fix.