Summer/Fall positions with Urban Greening projects

A temporary position is now available for a research assistant who will work on two urban greening projects. The work will be paid hourly, up to full time during the summer, with possible continuation in the fall. Pay rate to be based on experience and qualifications.

The RA will work primarily on two projects:

1. Green Cities – Good Health

A web site has been developed to distribute summaries of scientific research about urban greening and human health and well being. This national reference (sponsored by the USDA Forest Service) will be launched in June. The analyst will work from a database of articles (now ready) to prepare literature review briefings. These summaries are being written for non-scientific audiences (e.g., urban resources professionals and managers, public health officials, media). The first set of summaries (25% of total) will be released in June:

2. Creating Change with Science – Urban Forestry Technology Transfer
This research project is an effort to better understand how science communications are taken up by professionals in local government, and possible effects on innovation adoption in urban natural resources. A survey has been designed and a respondent sampling database prepared. The analyst will assist with implementing the on-line survey, including respondent outreach, survey administration, and initial results reports.

Desired Qualifications:
Strong interests/background in urban-based research
Course work or experience in social science research
Excellent writing skills
Familiarity or interest in urban greening or urban natural resources
Ability to work independently, with attention to detail
Computer skills: word processing and spreadsheet, + Dreamweaver and bibliographic database

To Apply:
Contact Kathy Wolf ( for questions, or to apply. For application, send cover letter, resume, and writing example (up to 5 pages in length).

Kathleen Wolf, Ph.D.
Research Social Scientist

University of Washington, College of the Environment, School of Forest Resources
Human Dimensions of Urban Greening

USDA Forest Service, Pacific NW Research Station
Green Cities Research Alliance