M.S. Graduate Project – Connectivity Related to Arizona Canals

Arizona State University
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
$20/hr (20 hours per week)
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Last Date to Apply
Description We are seeking an extremely hard working, highly motivated, dedicated, and detail-oriented M.S. student to begin graduate work at Arizona State University starting in August 2023 (pending final approval of funding). The student will join the research lab of Dr. Jesse Lewis at ASU (jslewi10@asu.edu), and be working in collaboration with the Bureau of Reclamation. Start date is August 14, 2023. Salary: $20.00 per hour plus health benefits and tuition reduction. This is a grant-funded position and is contingent upon funding. Landscape connectivity is critical to the long-term persistence of animal populations, including mule deer, mountain lion, desert tortoise, Gila monsters, and other wildlife. The Central Arizona Project (CAP) canal provides critical water resources to agriculture and municipalities in Arizona. However, the CAP canal also reduces connectivity of habitat for many wildlife species. To address this issue, overpass and underpass crossing structures have been constructed to facilitate animal movement across the canal. Although wildlife use these crossing structures, further information is necessary to understand the characteristics and habitat features that promote use of crossings by wildlife, including for small to large sized mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. The goal of this master’s project is to use multiple types of wildlife cameras to evaluate: (1) which species are using the canal overpasses and underpasses, (2) the local and broad scale landscape characteristics that promote use of crossing structures by wildlife, and (3) how use of crossings by wildlife vary across seasons and years. Essential Duties • Design a Masters research project to answer project objectives • Deploy and maintain a large number of wildlife cameras across a remote and expansive study area • Conduct field work to collect data in a hot and arid environment • Hike long distances carrying necessary field equipment • Safely drive on unmaintained dirt roads • Summarize wildlife camera data in a database • Analyze data using spatial and statistical methods • Write manuscripts to publish results and conclusions • Present findings at conferences and in public forums • Work in a team environment, as well as independently
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment (i.e., wildlife biology, ecology, natural resources, etc); OR, Four years research experience appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved. Desired Qualifications 1. Field experience in natural resources 2. Own a vehicle for the duration of the project that can be used for field work and driving on dirt roads 3. Have a valid US driver’s license 4. Use of remote wildlife cameras 5. Strong quantitative skills 6. Familiarity with using program R to conduct statistical analyses 7. Experience using GIS to work with spatial data 8. Strong writing skills 9. Strong academic record and grades 10. Experience with research, writing papers, giving poster and oral presentations Working Environment Field work in desert of Arizona under varying weather conditions. Have the ability to safely drive on unmaintained dirt roads and hike long distance carrying necessary field equipment. Instructions To Apply Application deadline is 3:00 PM Arizona Time on April 7, 2023. To apply to this position visit the following ASU job link: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25620&siteid=5494#jobDetails=4726181_5494 For your application, please include: (1) A cover letter explaining in detail: (a) how you meet the required and desired qualifications of this position, (b) your research interests, (c) career goals, and (d) what makes you a good fit to work on this project (2) Your resume/CV (3) A document that you wrote that demonstrates your writing ability (4) Unofficial copies of academic transcripts (5) Information for 3 professional references, including name, title, phone number, and email address
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Dr. Jesse Lewis
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