M. S. Graduate Assistantship – Using Citizen Science and Researchers to Assess Northern Bobwhite Populations and Habitat on South Texas Landscapes: southern Texas

Agency
Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University - Kingsville
Location
Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas (approx. 45 miles south of Corpus Christi, Texas). Research will be conducted on private ranches in southern Texas.
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
$1,600/month plus benefits (medical package has a 60 day waiting period). Nonresident tuition waived (resident tuition fees apply). Partial assistance of resident-tuition fees may be provided based on availability of funds.
Start Date
09/01/2021
Last Date to Apply
07/10/2021
Website
https://www.ckwri.tamuk.edu/
Description
Citizen science is a growing, modern phenomenon that has contributed greatly to rangeland and wildlife conservation. This project will involve citizen science and collaboration between a network of ≈15-20 participating landowners and researchers to collect data that will link population performance with habitat data collected at both the ranch scale (small extent; field sampling) and landscape scale (large extent; remote sensing/geographic information systems). The ranches are distributed throughout southern Texas, and landowners will be collecting information on northern bobwhite as part of their monitoring programs. The project will involve communicating and coordinating with landowners data-collection procedures as well as providing results via written reports and presentations. Given the close engagement with landowners, strong interpersonal skills, excellent communication, and an interest in public outreach/extension activities are desirable. The successful applicant will conduct this research under the supervision of Dr. Fidel Hernández and will be expected to publish manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and present finding at scientific conferences.
Qualifications
B. S. in ecology, wildlife science, natural resources, range science, biology, or closely related fields. A strong work ethic, good verbal and written communication skills, ability to work independently and as a productive member of a research team, and ability to work under adverse field conditions (hot humid South Texas environment) are essential. Ability to operate 4-wheel drive vehicles and conduct field research. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and competitive GRE scores. Funding notification for this research was received unexpectedly. Thus, applications will be reviewed beginning 10 July 2021 and will continue until suitable candidate is selected. Application packet must consist of 1) cover letter, 2) resume, 3) academic transcripts, and 4) GRE scores. Unofficial transcripts will suffice for application review but official transcripts will be required if selected. Send the application as 1 PDF file via e-mail with a subject line of, Northern bobwhite assistantship, to: Dr. Fidel Hernandez (Email: fidel.hernandez@tamuk.edu)
Contact Person
Fidel Hernandez
Contact Phone
361-593-3926
Contact eMail
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