MS or Ph.D. Assistantship – Wild Turkey Ecology/Management – Texas Tech University/Llano River Field Station

Texas Tech University
Llano River Field Station/TTU Main Campus
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Graduate Assistantships
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I am recruiting for either a highly qualified M.S. or Ph.D. student to be housed in the Department of Natural Resources Management at Texas Tech University and conduct research at the Llano River Field Station, with an approximate start date of 1 June 2022 (flexible). The funded graduate assistantship will develop and conduct a field-based project on the ecology and management of Rio Grande Wild Turkeys in the Texas Hill Country. Project goals and objectives are flexible, but the student is expected to develop a study to examine one or more of the following topics: long-term population demography/band recovery, changes to riparian vegetation/microclimate/etc. that serves as roosting, nesting, and brood rearing habitat, disease/parasite prevalence, and structural/functional connectivity. The student will work collaboratively with numerous entities, including but not limited to the Natural Science Research Laboratory, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Audubon Texas, among others. The position will include multi-season field work, including wild turkey capture in fall, winter, and summer and other field work as determined by graduate committee and student. The graduate student will conduct field work and be centrally located at the Llano River Field Station, Texas Tech Center at Junction, Junction, Texas. Student will take classes at the main campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, and applicants can work with project PI pertaining to course load, distance learning, in person classes, and travel to and from field station. Pay is ~$20,000 – 30,000 annually depending upon MS, Ph.D., and other qualifications; position is guaranteed 3 years for MS student and 4 years for Ph.D., with additional years available based on numerous factors. Benefits include State of Texas Health Insurance/benefits eligible, tuition waived, field housing, field transportation provided. Student will be required to pay student fees each semester 1) fall, 2) spring 3) summer; ~$1000-1,300 per semester per TTU Operating Procedures.
A B.S. or M.S. degree in wildlife biology, range management, or related field. Strong engagement and field work record, and demonstrated ability to communicate with multiple individuals, teams, and entities a must. The student must be willing to work in a team setting and take critical feedback and preform within context of hired degree plan (M.S. or Ph.D.). A positive attitude and “plow-mule” work ethic are both required, and a sense of humor is a bonus. Ability to work in hot, humid, insect-laden conditions in spring and summer as well as mild, yet oddly cold fall/winter conditions. Prior experience with rocket nets, drop nets, and/or capturing/banding wild turkeys preferred but not required. Ability to use a 4wd truck, back up a trailer, and engage and work with private landowners also are positive attributes. Academic performance for past degrees somewhat important – GPAs ranging 3.0-3.8 preferred, below, or above welcome but justification required. To apply – please submit a single pdf that includes a 1-page cover letter that includes specifics about why you are interested and qualified in this position, current CV, unofficial college transcripts, and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Blake Grisham ( PI can/will provide previous/current graduate student/employee contact information for applicants to contact. Please send questions to email only.
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Blake Grisham
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