Part-Time Research Assistants for Urban Agriculture Food/Energy/Water Nexus Project

Scaling up urban agriculture sustainably requires optimizing the nexus of food, energy, and
water that is consumed and produced by urban farms and gardens. This three-year National
Science Foundation-funded project will track resource flows and the social dimensions of urban
agriculture projects in five countries (Poland, UK, France, Germany, US) and create a digital
platform for urban farmers to contribute data on their operations that will enable them to
better understand and manage their farms and gardens. The US case study is the Farms at
NYCHA project, six large-scale urban farms located within NYCHA developments in Brooklyn,
Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island.
We are seeking up to two research assistants to help with the following research tasks:
• Data collection, including regular site visits to the farms
• Development and maintenance of a data platform
• Data coding
• Data analysis
• Summarization of results and report drafting
• General project support
All candidates are required to have at least two years of research experience including data
collection and analysis, and familiarity with databases and statistical software. Knowledge of
urban agriculture, ecology, environmental health, or public health is desired. A Masters degree
in a relevant field (public health, urban planning, ecology, geography) is desired.
Positions are currently open, and are funded through June 2021. Position 1 requires a
commitment of approximately 7 hours/week and position 2 requires a commitment of
approximately 12 hours/week. Salaries depend on qualifications and range from approximately
$25 to $33/hour.
To apply, please send a cover letter, sample of your research, and a resume or CV by email to
nevin.cohen@sph.cuny.edu. Positions will remain open until filled.