The New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at New Mexico State University is seeking a highly motivated and hard-working M.S. student to assist with a large project on the influence of Mexican wolf recovery on elk populations in Arizona and New Mexico. The student thesis project will involve assessing activity budgets and foraging efficiency of elk across study areas with varying predation risk from Mexican wolves. However, the student will have additional data collection and project management duties related to the overall project beyond those directly applicable to the thesis research. The selected student will apply to the M.S. program in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology at New Mexico State University for the Fall 2021 semester.
Candidates must have a B.S. degree in Wildlife, Ecology, or a related field, a GPA exceeding 3.4, and highly competitive GRE scores (e.g., > 70% percentile on verbal and quantitative sections). Prior experience conducting field research on large mammals, working in remote locations, driving 4x4 vehicles, and substantial experience with radio telemetry is required. Applicants with excellent quantitative skills are especially encouraged to apply. The student must be reliable, punctual, willing to work long hours in difficult terrain. Field work will be physically demanding; applicants will often be required to hike 6-10 miles/day over rough terrain and occasionally camp in the backcountry. The selected student will also contribute to project management and will be expected to work with and supervise field technicians and maintain positive working relationships with private landowners and agency biologists. Students will be expected to present research results at professional conferences, publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific outlets, and assist with preparation of agency reports and grant proposals.
To apply, please email a single PDF file that includes a letter of interest (describing your experience as it relates to this project, and your career goals and goals for graduate school), a CV, transcripts, GRE scores (unofficial copies are fine), and the name and contact information of 3 references to James Cain at firstname.lastname@example.org
Review of applications will begin May 30th and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.
Salary: $24,217 per year + out-of-state tuition waiver (student required to pay in-state tuition rates)