This position involves collecting distributional data on two rare and imperiled crayfishes in the St. Francis River drainage of Missouri and the invasive crayfish species that threatens their continued existence. The St. Francis River drainage is in the beautiful Missouri Ozarks and overlaps the Mark Twain National Forest. This project includes collecting distributional data for the three crayfishes of interest, creating predictive species distributional models, estimating rate of invasion, and identifying management options. It is an essential step in the species recovery planning process and is supported by the Missouri Department of Conservation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Undergraduate degree in natural resources or related field, strong written and verbal communication abilities, ability to work effectively in a team and with agency biologists, and a passion for conservation of aquatic species. Preferred qualifications include interest in invasion ecology and/or crayfish ecology, good organizational skills, and ability to develop strong quantitative skills. This is a field intensive project and will require sampling in a variety of conditions and leading/coordinating hourly field technicians.
Send letter of interest, resume or CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references to Jacob Westhoff, Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Missouri-Columbia.