Graduate Research Assistantship – South Texas

Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Headquartered in Kingsville, TX, but job will require working in 4 counties
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Graduate Assistantships
$1,600/month plus benefits (medical package has a 60-day waiting period). Nonresident tuition is waived (resident tuition fees apply). Partial resident tuition fee assistance may be provided based on availability of funds.
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The graduate student selected will conduct research on the rare and unique vegetation in clay lomas of South Texas and on their value as habitat for Texas tortoises. Project goals include describing vegetation and other variables of clay lomas and rating their value as Texas tortoise habitat based on density of tortoises on a minimum of 15 different lomas in a 4-county area of southern coastal Texas. The successful candidate will pursue a M.S. degree in Range & Wildlife Management with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and Dept. of Rangeland and Wildlife Sciences, Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Additional work expectations include assisting with other projects; assisting with prescribed burning; occasional help preparing for, teaching, and grading classes or labs; and other duties as assigned.
Qualifications Required: B.S. in range ecology, plant ecology, or closely related field. A strong work ethic and plant identification skills are mandatory, excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to work both independently and as a productive member of a research team, and the ability and willingness to work under adverse field conditions (extreme heat and humidity, ticks, mosquitoes, snakes, etc.) are essential. Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and competitive GRE scores. Preferred: Background or interest in plant identification, GIS/GPS skills, experience surveying vegetation, basic field ecology.
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