MS Assistantship: Improving efficiency of invasive tegu management -UF Gainesville and Everglades National Park, Florida
Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation,University of Florida
Gainesville and Everglades National Park, Florida
~ $22,700.00 with tuition provided
Last Date to Apply
Open until filled. Application review will begin 20 October 2021, and will continue until a suitable candidate is chosen.
Start Date: 3 January 2022 or 1 March 2022, position may begin with technician position that transitions into MS program.
The University of Florida, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, is seeking an MS student to develop improved management tools for invasive Argentine tegus in Florida. Tegus are large, terrestrial lizards that are diet and habitat generalists, and their demonstrated nest-predation behavior puts many ground-nesting animals at risk. There is an invasive tegu population in southern Miami-Dade County, and despite multi-agency trapping efforts, the reproducing population is now inside Everglades National Park. The MS student will develop a research project to improve upon existing management strategies and increase management efficiency for tegus in and near NPS lands.
Anticipated start date for the position is Spring 2022 semester as an MS student or 1 March 2022 as a technician that transitions to MS student for Summer 2022. Candidate will collaborate with Dr. Christina Romagosa at the University of Florida and Dr. Bryan Falk at Everglades National Park. This work may require collaboration with researchers at other universities and staff at federal and state management agencies. This is a good opportunity for individuals interested in the interface of reptile biology, invasive species ecology, and wildlife management. The position also provides applied experience for a career trajectory in local, state, or federal agencies or a research career focused on the ever-growing field of human-wildlife conflict and/or invasive species ecology and management.
BS in wildlife, ecology, biology or closely related fields. Candidates must have good verbal and written communication skills, analytical skills, field experience, an ability to work under adverse field conditions (heat, mosquitoes), a strong work ethic, and the ability to work independently and as a productive member of a research team. A valid driver license is required, and a federal background check may be required. Students interested in the interface between invasive species ecology, wildlife management, and reptile biology are especially encouraged to apply. Selected applicant will be required to apply and be accepted to the UF Graduate School and the Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation https://wec.ifas.ufl.edu/graduate-students/admissions/.
To apply, please email the following 5 items as one electronic document (pdf preferred) to firstname.lastname@example.org: 1) Cover letter discussing your relevant experience and career goals, 2) CV, 3) Statement regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion, 4) College transcripts (can be unofficial), and 5) Names and contact information for 3 references.