RESEARCH FOCUS: EASTERN MASSASAUGA CONSERVATION
The Population and Community Ecology Lab (PaCE Lab) in the Illinois Natural History Survey (a division of the Prairie Research Institute of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) seeks a motivated and passionate individual for the conservation of amphibians and reptiles. Specifically, we seek an individual with a keen interest and desire to develop applied research aimed at conserving the Federally Threatened Eastern Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus). The position will begin as a field technician to assist with the Spring surveys then shift to graduate work during the Summer 2022 semester.
Duties & Responsibilities: Research will focus on conserving and managing the federally threatened Eastern Massasauga. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to join a long-term study with > 23 years of data. Current research topics include, but are not limited to, demography and viability, behavioral ecology of ingress and egress, and predator-prey dynamics. Duties include collecting field data associated with projects, assisting with biotic assessment surveys, analyzing data, disseminating research at conferences and in publication, and other scholarly research activities. Prospective candidates must have sufficient academic standing for admittance into the University of Illinois Graduate College and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. Housing will be provided at the field site through the spring.
Qualifications: Master's in Biology, Ecology, Zoology or related field; significant expertise conducting fieldwork with venomous snakes; a solid understanding of ecological and herpetological principles; ability to work independently or as a supervisor in sometimes harsh field conditions; hold a valid driver's license; have high quantitative ability and coursework. We will consider candidates with only a Bachelor's Degree if they are exceptionally qualified.
Salary: Salaries will start at $18.00/hr for the field technician portion but may be scaled upward pending experience. For the GRA portion, $2,177.50/month before preliminary exams ($2,325.00 after passing preliminary exams) for a 50% appointment offered for 12 months. Students must be enrolled during the semester to receive a tuition waiver.
Electronic Submissions Only. The application deadline is 15 February 2022, with interviews commencing soon thereafter. The earliest start date is 1 March 2022, and the latest is 1 April 2022. Send a cover letter, resume, copies of transcripts, GRE scores, statement of research interests, and three letters of reference to Dr. Michael J. Dreslik at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must enter "Massasauga GRA" in the email subject line
Estimated Start Date: Start in March 2022 as a field technician and enter graduate school summer of 2022.