This project will involve conducting counts of endangered interior least terns, estimating reproductive success, and identifying threats to these birds in the Arkansas River Valley, Arkansas. Specific thesis topic to be developed collaboratively by the student, advisor, and funding agency. The research involves field sampling on the Arkansas River and a few building rooftops to assess numbers and reproductive activity. Experience with boats is a must and experience collecting data in field conditions is a plus. In addition to the stipend, the graduate assistantship includes a tuition waiver.
Applicants must meet the requirements of the Graduate College, have completed a bachelor's degree in wildlife science or related field and completed the GRE. Applicants must be able to operate a 16 foot aluminum boat with an outboard motor and must have completed an approved Boater’s education by the start of employment. Applicants must also have a good driving record (capable of operating a state vehicle) and must pass a background check. Preference will be given to candidates who can start by 20 May 2018 but later start dates will be considered. Experience working with birds, remote camera systems, field data collection, and an interest in the conservation of endangered species is preferred. To be considered for this position please send (1) a cover letter identifying your interest in the position, why you should be chosen, and available starting date, (2) a resume, (3) copies of transcripts (unofficial OK), and (4) copies of GRE scores showing percentiles (unofficial OK). Email your application materials to Dr. Tom Nupp at: email@example.com