Graduate Assistantships: Kansas State University

Agency
Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Location
Kansas State University
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
~$26,000 + tuition waiver/reimbursement
Start Date
08/01/2017
Last Date to Apply
04/15/2017
Description
The U.S. Geological Survey, Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, in conjunction with the Division of Biology and Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources of Kansas State University; Kansas Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism; and South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit invite applications for four Graduate Research Positions in Wildlife Ecology and Management, beginning fall 2017. We are seeking to fill three Ph.D and one M.S. graduate positions for the below research projects with talented and experienced graduate students interested in wildlife ecology and management in natural environments while working with biologists of Kansas Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism.

Ph.D Assistantship: Use of translocation to restore lesser prairie-chicken populations in Kansas and Colorado. In conjunction with Kansas Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, we will be conducting a three-year study of the effectiveness of translocation of male and female lesser prairie-chickens to re-establish populations. Translocation release sites will be on U.S. Forest Service National Grasslands. The focus of the project will be on the response of individuals to a forced dispersal to previously occupied landscapes.

Ph.D Assistantship: Assessment of resident Canada goose management in Kansas. In conjunction with Kansas Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism and South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, we will be conducting an in-depth assessment of current resident Canada goose survey methodology, analyses of band-recovery data, and effectiveness of management strategies to assist in a revision of the Kansas Resident Canada Goose Plan.

Ph.D and M.S. Assistantships: Survival rates, habitat selection, and movement of sympatric mule deer and white-tailed deer in Kansas. In conjunction with Kansas Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism and Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources, Kansas State University, we will be conducting a three-year study of sympatric mule deer and white-tailed deer populations in Kansas. Population vital rates, habitat selection, and movements will be measured and compared between low and high density deer areas as well as between native grassland and grassland/row-crop mosaic landscapes. The M.S. position would be supported by the Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources.

Accepted Ph.D. and M.S. students will work as part of collaborative teams and will have the flexibility to pursue independent research interests related to specific research. Priority will be given to applicants with demonstrated experience related to the research project of interest.
Qualifications
Academic requirements include a Master’s degree in a closely related field for Ph.D assistantships, strong GRE scores, and GPA above 3.0. Preferred candidates should have experience with working on private lands, spatial analysis, radio telemetry and GPS tracking of wildlife, avian/deer capture, working with a diverse team of collaborators, geographic information systems, and statistical modeling in R and MARK. Additionally, candidates must have a strong work ethic, with the ability to work independently and as part of a larger team, and must be willing and able to conduct field work in extreme weather conditions.

To Apply: To be considered for this opportunity, please forward a cover letter, CV, a copy of transcripts (unofficial), and a list of three references with contact information to Dr. David Haukos dhaukos@ksu.edu. Please copy application materials for the deer assistantship to Dr. Andrew Ricketts at arickett@ksu.edu and for the goose project to Dr. Beth Ross at bross5@g.clemson.edu. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For full consideration, please submit your application materials by April 15, 2017. For additional information contact, please directly contact David Haukos via email.
Contact Person
David Haukos
Contact Phone
806-939-9404
Contact eMail
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