Professional Science Master’s Graduate Assistantship in Sustainable Agriculture

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 to start in spring 2019 (preferably). The Graduate Assistant will evaluate cultural practices and growing methods for two new ethnic crops. Of particular interest is how the two hardy and highly nutritious crops may benefit urban agriculture and sustainability, with a goal of improving food security, mitigating climate change, increasing green-economy jobs and small businesses, and bringing locally-grown and nutritious food to residents. Research will be conducted at UDC’s main campus and the agricultural experiment station. The Graduate Assistant will also contribute to community outreach. He/she will be expected to conduct research 20 hours per week during spring and fall semesters and 30-40 hours per week during summer, which carries a stipend of approximately $20,000 for 12-months and a reduction or complete payment of tuition.


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

• Proven ability to conduct independent research and/or maintain agricultural systems

• Excellent communication skills and the ability to convene and organize research groups, work as part of a scientific team, and relay information to the general public

• Strong quantitative skills and a basic understanding of biostatistics are preferred

·   Knowledge and/or experience in field research and/or growing leafy vegetables is preferred

• Physical ability to work outdoors in a variety of conditions

• A valid driver’s license is required and personal transportation is essential



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. Priority deadline is February 8th.


Start date: Spring (preferably) or Fall semester 2019.


Duration: One year, renewable for a second year if expectations are met


Contact: To apply for the Graduate Assistantship or for questions, please contact Dr. Mamatha Hanumappa:; Ph 202-274-5499.