Graduate Assistantship – Greater Sage-grouse: Utah State University

Utah State University
Cedar City and Logan, Utah
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
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We are seeking a graduate student to pursue a PhD in Wildlife Biology at Utah State University to study the ecology of greater sage-grouse in southern Utah in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management and local state management agencies. This position includes 3 years of Graduate Research Assistantship funding at approximately $1900/month plus basic medical coverage while enrolled and a tuition waiver. The study will focus on two primary objectives: (1) determining the response of sage-grouse to habitat changes (2) determining behavioral changes due to landscape fragmentation. Within this framework the student is expected to develop an innovative research project including a written dissertation as partial fulfillment of the requirements of a Ph.D. degree. The study incorporates a baseline dataset collected from 2013-2016 and data collected during the fulfillment of the assistantship. The study will use GPS transmitters to track sage-grouse year-round, and field work will be required to locate nest sites, determine brood survival, and collect vegetation data. The study sites are remote, requiring regular dispersed camping; a trailer is usually provided.

Desired start date is August 2017 but an earlier start date is preferable in order for the student to familiarize themselves with the study area in southern Utah and Nevada prior to the beginning of school in northern Utah. The student will work from Cedar City, Utah through December 2017. The student will enroll in classes at Utah State University, Logan, in January 2018.
Competitive applicants will have experience organizing and analyzing data, database management, presenting and publishing ecological research, working collaboratively, and strong backgrounds in quantitative methods, computer programming, and GIS. Demonstrated ability in advanced GIS will be preferred. Experience working or recreating in remote areas also preferred.

Must have a valid U.S. Driver's License.

Applicants should email the following materials as a single PDF file to (a) one page cover letter describing relevant experience and professional goals, (b) a resume or curriculum vitae, (c) GRE scores, (d) (unofficial) transcripts from undergraduate and graduate education, and (e) contact information for three professional references.

Consideration of interested applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Utah State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Dr. Nicole Frey
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