MS Graduate Research Assistantship: Wildlife Ecology – Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management/U.S. Geological Survey, Oklahoma Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit
Stillwater, OK
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Graduate Assistantships
$18,900 + tuition waiver and health insurance at $20 per month
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We are recruiting an ambitious MS student to evaluate the status of black bears in the Oklahoma panhandle (Cimarron County) as part of a collaboration between the Lonsinger and Fairbanks Labs. Western Oklahoma has seen an increase in black bear observations and bear-human conflict reports. It is unclear if bears occurring in the Oklahoma panhandle constitute a resident population or transient individuals dispersing from neighboring states. The selected candidate will use camera trapping and hair snaring to survey black bears; field data will be used to evaluate patterns of black bear space use and genetic parameters. Funding is available for 2.5 years (January 2022–May 2024), while working towards a MS degree in Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University. The selected candidate will be expected to work closely with biologists from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and neighboring states (NM and CO), private landowners, and collaborators from the University of Idaho. The MS position includes a graduate stipend of $18,900 annually, resident and non-resident tuition waiver, and health insurance at $20 per month (for student only; family coverage is available for an additional fee). The Lonsinger ( and Fairbanks ( labs work on a wide range of research projects in wildlife ecology and management, with an emphasis on the ecology of carnivores and large mammals. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and fostering an environment where diversity is accepted and encouraged. We encourage all interested people to apply despite preconceived notions of their own experience as it relates to this project’s objectives. To Apply: Please combine the following into a single PDF file: (1) a single-page cover letter that details why you are interested in this position, your most relevant experiences, and your professional goals/aspirations; (2) a Curriculum Vitae; (3) contact information for 3 references (i.e., name, affiliation, email, and phone number); (4) unofficial GRE scores; and (5) unofficial undergraduate transcripts. Send the PDF file as an attachment to no later than 1 September 2021 with the subject titled “Black Bear MS Position”. Electronic (email) submission of applications is encouraged but mail is also fine; mailed applications should be postmarked by 1 September 2021 and sent to Robert Lonsinger, 007 Agriculture Hall, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078. Please note that application review will begin 1 July and a candidate may be selected before the closing date of 1 September 2021. Institutional Information: Oklahoma State University (OSU) is located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, which is within an hour of both Tulsa and Oklahoma City. OSU is a land-grant institution with an enrollment of ~25,000 students, and it is located on the ancestral lands of the Kickapoo, Osage, Kiowa, and Quapaw peoples. Indigenous people from other Native nations also reside here, many of whom were forcibly removed from their ancestral lands. They all contribute to the history and current vitality of our region. The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management is part of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and conducts interdisciplinary research, instruction, and extension education to address the sustainable management and conservation of the wildlife, forest, rangeland, and fishery resources of Oklahoma and beyond. The Department is a source of cutting-edge research, quality instruction, and effective outreach to students, landowners, managers, and public agencies. Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check. Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Oklahoma State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or veteran status with regard to employment, educational programs and activities, and/or admissions.
Minimum Qualifications: • BS in wildlife management, natural resources, ecology, or a closely related discipline • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater (as required by the Department and Graduate College) • Have taken the GRE (as required by the Department and Graduate College) • At least 3 months of field experience conducting wildlife surveys • Highly motivated with a strong work ethic • A valid US driver’s license (without restrictions) Additional Desired Qualifications: • A strong interest in mammal ecology • Experience planning and coordinating daily field surveys and activities, or leading independent research • Coursework or experience with GIS • Experience using camera traps to monitor wildlife as part of an ecological study • Experience or interest in quantitative approaches and computer programming (e.g., R programming language) • Experience with technical writing and/or publication • Experience or interest in genetics
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Robert Lonsinger
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