Project SP15b: Mapping climate change adaptation in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

Project SP15b:  Mapping climate change adaptation in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
Researcher: Jamie Shinn jes5695@psu.edu 
Position type:  Cartographic/GIS 
Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 1, 2014

Application URL: http://www.geog.psu.edu/uroc-apply


Position description

I am seeking cartographic assistance for my dissertation project on adaptation to climate change in Botswana, titled “Governing Environmental Variability: Flooding and Natural Resource Access in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.” The RA will assist in the creation of 2-3 maps that depict location of flooding and agricultural fields, as well as demographic factors, such as ethnicity and gender. All maps will need to be completed by April 1, 2015.


Desired qualifications 

Minimum Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be well versed in cartography and basic GIS skills. The student must have completed Geography 361: Cartography--Maps and Map Construction, with a grade of B or higher.
Preferred Qualifications: Completion of Geography 364: Spatial analysis, and ability to conduct spatial statistics.

 
Candidates must be willing to contribute 40–120 total hours of work toward the project over the semester, resulting in 1–3 credit hours applied to the transcript. There is no monetary stipend attached to this assistantship, although the experiences gained in this work will be immediately valuable when applying for graduate school or full-time employment.


To apply

Prospective candidates should submit application to http://www.geog.psu.edu/uroc-apply by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 1, 2014.
A complete application must include:
1. All required fields of online form: http://www.geog.psu.edu/uroc-apply

2. A one-page cover letter identifying the position for which you're applying and stating your interest in conducting research, your academic preparation, the skills you hope to gain from this experience, and contact information of two references.

  • Upload a PDF document named as follows: FirstinitialLastname_letterMMYY.pdf (e.g. jvender_letter1114.pdf)

3. A resume

  • Upload a PDF document named as follows: FirstinitialLastname_resumeMMYY.pdf (e.g. jvender_resume1114.pdf)