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Graduate Assistantship

University of Arkansas at Monticello
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The College of Forestry, Agriculture & Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello is seeking applicants for 2 M.S. Assistantship available beginning January 2, 2024. The assistantship is half time and carries an annual stipend of $18,000 plus tuition and fees.


Project: Taxation of forestland is perennially a top concern for forest landowners, according to the national woodland owner’s survey (NWOS). While there is a large body of literature focusing on timber taxation’s effects on decision-making at the stand-level, investigation into those effects at broad landscape scales are scarce. At larger scales, the cumulative effect of multiple landowners’ decisions in response to taxation could generate a misallocation of forest resources, particularly with respect to the provision of ecosystem services like carbon storage and sequestration. As awareness and participation in carbon market programs increases among forest landowners, an examination of how differences in state taxation may influence participation among landowners is needed. We are seeking two highly motivated students to explore this area and provide policy recommendations to policy-makers on needed interventions for incentivizing landowners to store and sequester carbon on forested landscapes.



Applicants must have a 2.7 overall undergraduate GPA or 3.0 GPA in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate courses. A B.S. degree in a natural resources-related field is also required. Applicants must have a valid U.S. driver’s license or obtain the same within 60 days of starting employment. Overnight travel is required as well as the ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.


The College of Forestry, Agriculture & Natural Resources is located in Monticello, Arkansas in the southeastern portion of the state. The Arkansas Forest Resources Center is also headquartered here, and is administered by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The Arkansas Forest Resources Center is the research and extension arm for forest-based programs within the State. Additionally, the US Forest Service Arkansas Forestry Sciences Lab is located at the College. The College and Center maintain several state-of-the-art laboratories (hydrology, soil, quantitative analysis, silviculture, wildlife ecology & management) available for graduate research and education.

$18,000 plus tuition and fees
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Graduate program information can be found at Applicants must apply to the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources at You will be required to submit application information, unofficial transcripts, a statement of interest, and three references. Applicants must be admitted to the University of Arkansas at Monticello and apply to the College of Forestry, Agriculture & Natural Resources before they can be considered for an assistantship. For application assistance, contact Rhonda Parris at

For position information, contact Dr. Shaun Tanger at or by phone 870-460-1793.

The position is available until a qualified applicant is selected.

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