This position will assist investigator Julia Valliant with a research study about U.S. agricultural policy. The study will use quantitative and qualitative methods to assess some state and federal policies that aim to facilitate land access for farmers and ranchers who are young, beginning, BIPOC, and/or women, by providing a financial incentive to landowners who transfer their land or operations to these sets of producers. This is a national research and extension study with a projected end date of January 31, 2024. The main duties involve coordinating communications with partners, organizing primary data collection, and assisting with data analysis and reporting.
Collaborate with Dr. Valliant to coordinate the project, which will include regular communications with extension collaborators at the American Farmland Trust, a team of 10 researchers, and national networks of service providers and advisors.
Help to collect data, which will include procedures to analyze policy formation and evolution, interview stakeholders independently via Zoom or phone, and develop survey instruments.
Manage a mailed survey.
Participate in qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
Review literature and draft sections of reports. Authorship of deliverables is preferred.
Review social media and news content about farmland access.
Located in the Bloomington, Indiana area.
Demonstrated interest in agriculture, food, and/or public policy. Strong communication skills. Organizational and time management skills. Skills in coordinating information and relationships. Internet research skills. Experience with qualitative methods and statistics.
Some graduate training and research experience.
The employee will work remotely until in-person research is safe to pursue.
$15.00 per hour.
This is a part-time position that requires the employee to work approximately 20 hours per week, 36 weeks per year.
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