I am seeking applications for a Master’s of Science graduate assistantship in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State University to begin Fall of 2017. The student will be responsible for a research project examining the distribution and abundance of spring-migrating ducks in the Prairie Pothole Region of northern Iowa. The student will be responsible to securing permission to conduct surveys from private landowners and supervising a field effort to conduct weekly migration counts of ducks on wetlands from March to May. Laboratory work will include detailed GIS analyses on surveyed wetlands and associated statistical analyses. The student will have the opportunity to interact and work closely with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in this collaborative research project.
Candidates should have a BS in wildlife ecology or a closely related field. Good organizational skills, attention to detail, a strong work ethic, and excellent communication skills. Applicants with experience and skills in identification of mid-continent waterfowl, GIS, or experience working with private landowners are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a GPA ≥3.0 and GRE scores ≥50th percentile. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license.
Interested applicants should submit an application packet via email to Dr. Adam Janke with the subject line “Waterfowl MS project”. The application packet should include a letter of interest describing career goals and professional interests, a CV including cumulative GPA and GRE scores (with percentiles), unofficial transcripts, a description of any previous experience in wildlife conservation or research, and telephone and email contact information for three references. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.