The graduate assistant will work in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management to investigate raven movements inside known Greater sage-grouse habitats. The BLM will work with Hawkwatch to capture ravens and deploy cellular backpack transmitters. These transmitters allow for regular, frequent GPS locations of ravens, which the graduate student will monitor. The graduate assistant will also investigate raven depredation of Greater sage-grouse nests, using artificial nests and mini-trail cameras. Finally, the project may involve the use of fecal analyses to determine the proportion of Greater sage-grouse eggs and chicks within nesting raven diets. The graduate student will attend Utah State University in Logan; the field work will be conducted in southern Utah, near Cedar City. The position is expected to last 2.5 years, with the first of two field season years beginning in March 2021. During summer field seasons, the graduate assistant will be expected to live in Cedar City; housing will be paid for during that time. Salary: $15360 per year. $3640 for tuition and fees embedded in stipend. Total stipend of approximately $19000/year.
Applicants must have a U. S. driver’s license and a Bachelor of Science degree. Applicants must provide evidence of experience working in outdoor environments. Demonstrated experience using a map or GPS device is preferred, as well as demonstrated leadership experience. Demonstrated interest in wildlife management and ecology preferred (such as past internships, workshops, and employment).
Please send a complete application package to Dr. Frey at email@example.com. RE: 2021 Graduate Assistantship. A complete application package includes:
BS transcripts (unofficial is acceptable)
GRE scores if applicant has them
Contact information for 3 professional references
A 2-page essay answering the following: It is known that ravens depredate Greater sage-grouse eggs and chicks. Additionally, we know that ravens harass Greater sage-grouse at leks, further decreasing the reproductive success of Greater sage-grouse. We have access to cellular transmitter technology, trail cameras, and artificial nests. How would you use these materials to create a study that provides new insights toward the impact of ravens on Greater sage-grouse? Within 2 pages, describe what this study would look like, and what information it would produce. You are welcome to use literature references to support and explain your thoughts.