The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is the land-grant 
university of the Nation’s Capital. The College of Agriculture, Urban 
Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) embodies the land-
grant tradition of UDC and offers academic programs in urban 
agriculture, urban sustainability, water resources management, nutrition 
and dietetics, urban architecture and community planning.

Position Description
CAUSES seeks a Graduate Assistant to join its Professional Science 
Master’s Program in Urban Agriculture 
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will test methods for extended season farming in urban production 
systems. The Graduate Assistant will compare yield of winter-grown 
vegetables using various ground covers or mulches, which can act to 
provide optimal environmental conditions for growth, improved soil 
nutrition, and prevention of weed and insect pests. Research sites 
include UDC’s agricultural experiment station, UDC’s food hubs, and 
partner locations in the metro area.

The Graduate Assistant will partner with other universities, government 
agencies, and NGOs and will contribute to community outreach. The 
Graduate Assistant will be expected to conduct research 20 hours per 
week during fall and spring semesters and 30 hours per week during 
summer, which carries a stipend of approximately $18,300 for 12-months 
and potentially a partial or full tuition waiver.

Primary qualifications
• Undergraduate degree in agriculture, horticulture, entomology, plant 
pathology, biological sciences, ecology, or closely related field or 
demonstrated work experience in these fields
• Good organizational skills, attention to detail, and a self-driven 
curiosity are essential
• Proven ability to conduct independent research and/or maintain 
agricultural systems
• Excellent communication skills and the ability to work as part of a 
scientific team and with the general public
• Strong quantitative skills and a basic understanding of biostatistics 
are preferred
• Physical ability to work outdoors in a variety of conditions 
• A valid driver’s license is required and transportation is highly 

Applicants apply for the Graduate Assistantship through the PI and then 
the selected student will apply for the PSM Program through UDC. 
Applicants should email the PI: 1) a letter of interest detailing their 
qualifications for the position (two-page maximum); 2) a curriculum 
vitae; 3) unofficial transcripts; and 4) three professional references 
with contact information (institution, email address, phone number).

Application deadline: Open until filled

Starting date: Fall semester 2018

Duration: One year, renewable for a second year depending on project 

Contact: To apply for the Graduate Assistantship or for questions, 
please contact Dr. Matthew Richardson:; Ph 

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