MS Assistantship in Wildlife Ecology – Iowa State University

Iowa State University
Ames, IA
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
approx. $24,000
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Project description: We are seeking a M.S. student to evaluate the benefits of the practices implemented under the USDA NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife Program (WLFW) targeting northern bobwhite and avian biodiversity in midwestern working landscapes. WLFW in Iowa seeks to improve habitat on working farms and ranches for northern bobwhites and a range of other wildlife species that benefit from comparable early successional ecosystems. This project will investigate the degree to which bobwhite presence is an indicator of the presence of other priority bird species and the benefits of WLFW practices to nongame birds. The selected candidate will work closely with another M.S. student (advised by Dr. Adam Janke, ISU NREM) investigating the effects of WLFW practices on bobwhite occupancy. Duties and responsibilities: Fieldwork will include managing field technicians, conducting avian point counts, and conducting vegetation surveys. Fieldwork could also include passive mist netting to document species present during migration and the nonbreeding season. The student will have freedom to develop research questions within the scope of the project but is expected to use occupancy modeling to estimate the effects of habitat characteristics and bobwhite presence on bird use. The student will enroll Spring 2022 and field work will be conducted from May to August in 2022 and 2023. Funding: Salary is approximately $24,000 per year. The student will receive health insurance and a waiver of one half of graduate tuition. Temporary housing will be provided during field seasons. To apply: Please email a single pdf document containing 1) a one-page cover letter describing your background, interest in this position, and career goals; 2) your CV or resume; 3) unofficial transcripts from a US-accredited undergraduate institution; and 4) contact information for three professional references to Dr. Anna Tucker ( with the subject line “WLFW MS Assistantship.” If selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts and three letters of recommendation to the ISU Graduate Admissions Office. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until filled.
Qualifications: B.S. in Wildlife Sciences, Biology, Ecology, or a related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The ideal candidate is a respectful and inclusive team member, has interest in developing quantitative skills, and works well both independently and on a team. Preference will be given to candidates with experience identifying birds by sight and sound, conducting avian point counts, mist netting and banding, coordinating fieldwork, and managing a field crew. Previous experience with data management, statistical analysis, R programming, and written or oral presentation of scientific results is helpful but not required. GRE scores are not required. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
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Anna Tucker
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