We are seeking a highly motivated student to join the UF DEER Lab (@ufdeerlab) in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida. This position is expected to begin in August of 2021 and includes a 2.5-year fully funded M.Sc. assistantship. The student will explore the effects of oak masting cycles and supplemental feeding on white-tailed deer behavior. The student will investigate how these resources affect deer activity patterns, grouping behavior, and diet selection. There will also be opportunity to expand to other wildlife species depending on interest of the successful student.
The field work will occur in the red hills region of south Georgia. The student will be expected to work closely with private landowners and other students and employees in the lab. Development of quarterly reports, peer-reviewed manuscripts, and outreach materials and media to support the lab is required. We are particularly interested in candidates with a passion for game species management and wildlife extension. Interest in developing video recordings with camera traps, UAVs, and other technology for public outreach is desirable.
To apply, please send the following items: 1) Cover letter describing your interest in the position; 2) a resume/CV; 3) a list of references; and 4) unofficial copies of university transcripts
Minimum Qualifications: A B.Sc. degree in ecology, wildlife management, zoology, or a related discipline is required. The successful candidate must be capable of working in the field under strenuous conditions for extended periods (i.e., hot and humid conditions, exposure to biting and stinging insects, exposure to poison ivy, etc.). Ability to work alone and in groups. Strong interest in public outreach.
Preferred Qualifications: Students with demonstrated interest in outreach including authorship on peer-reviewed articles, professional presentations, and online forms of outreach. Field experience conducting wildlife surveys particularly with camera traps. Strong interest in management of game species, forest management for wildlife, and fire ecology is desirable.