Nature-focused photography ranching operations, where photographers are allowed free or paid access to private lands, are starting to become more common. The objective of this research project is to evaluate the interest in and economics of nature-focused photography from a landowner and parks/recreation perspective. This will include designing and conducting questionnaires and focus group meetings with landowners/parks staff and evaluating nature-focused photography workshops and workshop participants. In addition to the research focus listed above, the student may assist in the design of a curriculum (lessons) to use trail camera photos from TX and MT in K-12 education and other education and outreach events.
The student selected for this project will pursue a Master of Science degree in Range and Wildlife Management at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M Unversity-Kingsville (approximately 45 miles south of Corpus Christi, Texas). Salary funding is provided by the San Antonio Livestock Show and Exhibition for 2 years (with expected graduation in Summer 2020). The student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 each semester to retain this assistantship. CKWRI graduate students are required to register for full-time enrollment in Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters in order to maintain assistantship status.
Required Qualifications: B.S. in wildlife science, ecology, zoology, or closely related field. Students on this assistantship MUST be a current Texas resident, have a minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA, and have competitive GRE scores. A strong work ethic, good verbal and written communication skills, ability to work independently and as a productive member of a research team, ability to work under adverse field conditions (hot and humid South Texas environment), and ability to work well with the public and grade school students are essential.
Preferred Qualifications: Background and interest in nature-focused photography, experience designing and conducting opinion surveys, experience designing and conducting education and outreach activities for/with grade school students.
Stipend/Salary: $20,000/year (as $10,000 salary & $10,000 scholarship), plus benefits (medical package has a 60 day waiting period). Partial resident tuition fee assistance may be provided based on fund availability.
Application Deadline: July 23, 2018 (late applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is selected).
TO APPLY: Send a cover letter (stating interests, relevant background, and experience), resume/CV, copies of transcripts, GRE scores (if not taken GRE yet, must take GRE during Fall 2018), and list of 3 references (letters will be solicited for applicant finalists) via email to: email@example.com