MS graduate position in Marine Fisheries: University of Florida

School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences, University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
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Graduate Assistantships
$24,000/year for 2 years, plus tuition and fringe (see Graduate Assistants > HR Benefits and Rewards at
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MS graduate research assistantship in the Program of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences within the School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. This position is part of a larger grant on gray snapper spawning aggregations off the west coast of Florida. We are seeking a highly motivated graduate student to focus on the reproductive dynamics of gray snapper, including spawning season duration, spawning frequency, fecundity, and sexual maturity. Project will include both field and laboratory activities. Field work will include sampling fish offshore. Lab work will involve sampling and processing fish for fecundity and histology, staging gonad histology, and analyzing data for reproductive parameters. Student will also assist in tagging gray snapper while sampling offshore.
BS in Fisheries Science, Marine Science, Biology, or related field. Capable of working independently as well as in a team while sampling offshore or portside. Must have strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work alongside a diversity of fishers while on the vessels. This project involves offshore field work, primarily fishing from dusk to dawn during the spring, summer and early-fall full-moon periods. It is critical that the student be able to work from a vessel in sometimes lumpy/rolling seas (i.e., if prone to seasickness then it must be controllable), pack or pull 20 lbs regularly (i.e., the fish!), and occasionally a heavier shared weight (i.e., equipment). Preference will be given to applicants that can demonstrate: 1) efficient time management and organizational skills; 2) excellent written and verbal communication skills; and 3) previous relevant research experience, including data base management and statistical analyses. A current, valid (US) motor vehicle license is required for this position, including a previous driving record that will permit the student to operate university vehicles. COVID vaccination and mask wearing will be expected due to the close proximity and mixed company on fishing vessels. Please submit a single, merged pdf that includes: 1) a cover letter describing your interest in the position, previous relevant research experience, and your career goals; 2) CV/resume; 3) transcripts (unofficial is acceptable at the application stage); and 4) contact information of three professional references, with at least one reference able to vouch for your ability to undertake field work offshore. Please note that the student must be able to start by May 9th (i.e., register for the start of the Summer C semester and participate in summer field work).
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