Two M.S. assistantships are available in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Both assistantships are to conduct Human Dimensions of Wildlife (HD) projects. These projects have been identified by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the state government agency that is responsible for managing and conserving wildlife in Florida.
The one project will focus on the human dimensions of invasive species in Florida (e.g. the Burmese python). The second project will focus on how the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission can improve its messaging and communication to engage the public in wildlife conservation.
We are seeking students who are interested in acquiring skills and experience in HD analysis. Successful applicants will be expected to enroll in HD coursework, survey design classes and statistical analysis classes. Successful applicants are expected to:
• design and implement surveys to collect data;
• conduct data analysis using statistical software;
• write and defend a Master’s thesis;
• apply for research grants;
• manage contract reports;
• present research results at state conferences and meetings; and
• generate extension and outreach materials.
Each student will assist with teaching one undergraduate course during the assistantship.
The student’s stipend is funded for 12-months/year (for 2 years) through a graduate assistantship with the University of Florida (~$19,023/year). Tuition for Fall and Spring semesters (9 credits/semester for 2 years) is also included as part of the assistantship. Students will be provided with health insurance at a cost to them of $10/month.
We are looking for students with an excellent work ethic, the ability to work independently and collaboratively, enthusiasm for research, and strong quantitative and writing skills. Candidates with undergraduate training in human dimensions, sociology, economics or another social science discipline will be given preference. Students must be able to pass routine background checks and possess a valid Driver’s License. Students with prior experience working with wildlife management agencies or organizations are preferred.
Please, also check the Department of Wildlife Ecology’s graduate student admission requirements at: http://www.wec.ufl.edu/grad/admissions.php
To apply: Please submit a letter of interest, CV, transcripts and GRE scores, and the contact details for three references to: Elizabeth Pienaar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review of applications will begin April 30, 2018 and will continue until 2 suitable applicants are selected. Successful applicants must complete the official application procedure for the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, prior to entry into the Master’s program.