Master’s students needed for project on wildlife & rangelands
Humboldt State University in California is seeking two graduate students interested in wildlife and rangeland management to begin the Natural Resources Master’s program in fall 2021. The students’ research projects will involve close collaboration with working lands biologists from Point Blue Conservation Science to either collect new data or analyze existing datasets on how above and/or below ground biodiversity relates to on-farm conservation and management practices, depending on research question needs. Learn more about HSU Wildlife program at https://wildlife.humboldt.edu/, and more about Point Blue’s Working Lands Program at https://www.pointblue.org/our-work/working-landscapes/. A B.S. in Wildlife, Ecology, Rangeland Science or related discipline is required. Prior experience in working rangelands, or with rangeland sampling or with bird surveys is preferred. This project is made possible by funding from the US Dept of Agriculture. Selected candidates who maintain adequate progress will receive a $9000 stipend for each of two years to offset in-state tuition costs, and two months of employment with Point Blue in the summer. Selected students will also serve as role models in the academic year for undergraduates from minoritized groups. Our project, called Camino al Rancho, aims to help meet workforce demands for a diverse pool of natural resource scientists focused on climate-ready and sustainable agricultural practices, particularly on rangelands. We especially encourage applications from groups that have been historically excluded from conservation and STEM fields, including Black, Indigenous, People of Color and women, as well as candidates with a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusivity in STEM. Candidates should apply to the HSU Graduate School Natural Resources program (https://admissions.humboldt.edu/apply/graduate/programs). In your Statement of Purpose, clearly indicate your interest in the Rancho al Camino project, specify your career goals, and explain why you think you are an excellent candidate for this project. Funding was recently secured, so the graduate application deadline has been extended; review of applications will begin after April 16 and will continue until both positions are filled. Questions can be directed to Matt Johnson at email@example.com
About Point Blue: Point Blue Conservation Science (Point Blue, formerly PRBO), based in Petaluma, California, is a growing and internationally recognized nonprofit with over 160 staff and scientists. Founded in 1965 and working from California to Antarctica, we advance conservation of nature for wildlife and people through science, partnership, and outreach. Our scientists work closely with ranchers, farmers, other scientists, major conservation groups, and federal, state, and local government agencies. Our highest priority today is to increase the pace, scale, and impact of climate-smart conservation. Point Blue is deeply committed to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusivity and our team seeks to create an open and welcoming community for individuals of all backgrounds.
A B.S. in Wildlife, Ecology, Rangeland Science or related discipline is required. Prior experience in working rangelands, or with rangeland sampling or with bird surveys is preferred.