Dr. Jennifer Frey seeks a highly motivated Master’s student to assist with research to evaluate habitat selection, competition, and conservation of the Penasco Least chipmunk (Tamias minimus atristriatus). This chipmunk is listed as endangered by the state of New Mexico and its distribution is restricted to a remote wilderness area above treeline in the Sacramento Mountains in southern New Mexico. The study will test detection rates using conventional live-trapping and remote camera trapping methods. Then, the appropriate detection methods will be used to develop a rigorous statistical study design to evaluate habitat selection and other life history aspects of the species that can inform conservation and management. The study will form the basis of the student’s Master’s thesis in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology at New Mexico State University. Annual salary is $22,619 (does not include tuition). The starting date is 15 January 2017 and is anticipated for 2.5 years.
• Bachelor’s degree in wildlife science, biology, or conservation ecology
• > 3.3 GPA
• > 70th percentile on verbal and quantitative portions of GRE. You cannot be considered without GRE scores. However, if your scores are less than the 70th percentile, you still might be considered if you are particularly well qualified based on other skills or experiences.
• Must be able to work, carry heavy loads, and camp outdoors at high elevation (> 11,000 ft) in steep terrain and in inclement weather.
• Small mammal trapping experience
• Backcountry experience (wilderness backpacking, first aid, etc)
• Use of remote cameras in wildlife research
• Quantitative aptitude and statistical knowledge
• Experience using ArcGIS
• Experience conducting research
For consideration, please email Dr. Frey an initial letter of interest, resume, unofficial transcripts, and GRE scores. The letter of interest must briefly explain why you are interested in this specific research project and how your qualifications meet the minimum or preferred qualifications. Letters that do not address these points will not be considered. Materials will be reviewed as received and the position filled upon finding a suitable applicant. Information about the department can be found at http://aces.nmsu.edu/academics/fws/.
Dr. Jennifer K. Frey, Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology, PO Box 3003, Campus Box 4901, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 88003-0003; https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jennifer_Frey3; firstname.lastname@example.org.