M.S. Assistantship: Biodiversity Conservation and Environmental Policy

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We are seeking a masters student interested in biodiversity conservation and policy to serve as a half-time paid intern with the NYS Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI).

The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the BRI, University at Albany, and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in assessing the conservation effectiveness of the BRI's biodiversity grants program.

The goals and objectives of the BRI can be viewed at:


The assessment will quantify outcomes of previous sponsored projects and the results will be used to evaluate the grants program and to document its accomplishments to date.

This is an excellent opportunity to pursue thesis research in the service of NY State's premiere institute for promoting scientific research and educational programs aimed at biological conservation.

The student will have the option of pursuing the M.S. in Biodiversity, Conservation & Policy at the University at Albany or the M.P.S. or M.S. in Forest and Natural Resources Management or Environmental Sciences at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Travel to downtown Albany will be required, to meet with BRI staff, currently housed in the NYS Museum.

Requirements: Bachelor's degree and acceptance into either of the graduate programs.

Students with a strong background or interest in the policy dimensions of biodiversity conservation are preferred.

To find out more about this opportunity, please contact any one or all of the following individuals:

  • Mary Beth Kolozsvary, NYS Biodiversity Research Institute, 518-474-6531, mkolozsv [at] mail.nysed.gov;
  • Valerie Luzadis, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 315-470-6693, vluzadis [at] esf.edu; or
  • George Robinson, University at Albany, 518-442-4302, grobins [at] albany.edu

    Stipend: $15,000/year for 2 years; plus in-state tuition compensation.

    Start Date: June, although starting in September may be possible.

    To apply: provide a resume, letter of interest, and list of 3 references with telephone and email contact information to: BRI [at] mail.nysed.gov.

    Review of applications will begin: 1 March, and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

    Amy Goodstine, M.S.
    Biodiversity Needs Assessment Coordinator
    NYS Biodiversity Research Institute
    New York State Museum
    3140 Cultural Education Center

    Albany, NY 12230 Phone: (518) 474-6290 Fax: (518) 486-2034 Email: agoodsti [at] mail.nysed.gov Website: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/bri/

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