MS Graduate Research Assistantship: Wildlife Ecology – Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University/USGS Oklahoma Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit
Stillwater, OK
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
$18,000/yr + tuition waiver and health insurance at $20 per month
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Last Date to Apply
I am recruiting an ambitious M.S. student to evaluate the spatial ecology and diversity of mammals within the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma). The selected candidate will employ a combination of camera-based surveys for medium- and large- bodied mammals, and live trapping for small mammals, to investigate the association between invasive feral swine and mammalian biodiversity. Funding is available for 2 years (January 2022–December 2023; possible extension through May 2024 if necessary and pending additional funding), while working towards a M.S. degree in Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University. The selected candidate will be expected to work closely with biologists/managers from the US Fish & Wildlife Service and Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The M.S. position includes a graduate stipend of $16,500 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). It also includes a $125/month ($1,500/year) additive stipend meant to reduce the cost of out-of-pocket student fees, which brings the total stipend amount to $18,000 annually. The Lonsinger Wildlife Ecology and Management Lab is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to fostering an environment where diversity of background and thought 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. For more information about the Lonsinger Lab see 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 (i.e., name, affiliation, email, and phone number) for 3 references; (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 “MS Research Position”. Please note that applications will be reviewed as they are received and a candidate may be selected before the closing date of 1 September 2021. 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. 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: • B.S. in wildlife management, natural resources, or a closely related discipline • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater (required by the Department and Graduate College) • Have taken the GRE (required by the Department and Graduate College) • At least 6 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: • Knowledge of and experience working with mammals • Experience planning and coordinating daily field surveys and activities • Experience leading and conducting independent research • Previous experience with technical writing and/or publication • 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) • Excellent oral communication and technical writing skills
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Robert Lonsinger
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