The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University is seeking candidates for a graduate research assistantship (M.S.) in Wildlife Sciences to work on a project examining control of an invasive wildlife species. The selected candidate will work in cooperation with personnel from USDA Wildlife Services and the National Wildlife Research Center, and will participate in research examining impacts of toxicants on wild pig populations. This research will take place in central Alabama, and in coordination with participating agencies the student will assist with capturing, tagging, and monitoring populations of wild pigs, as well as other species that could potentially be impacted by the application of toxicants. Initial collection of data is set to begin during summer of 2021, so the position will start in May of 2021. A stipend of $18,000 and a full tuition waiver is included with the assistantship.
Auburn University is an R1 institution with 25,000 students that is located in Auburn, Alabama. The city of Auburn makes up approximately two thirds of a small urban area that includes approximately 100,000 permanent residents. Because of the university and the racial, ethnic, and political diversity/acceptance normally found within institutions of higher learning, the city of Auburn has a small town atmosphere with a cosmopolitan feel. In addition to the typical amenities found in communities of its size, Auburn also offers unique attractions such as farmers markets, Auburn City Fest, and the newly constructed Gouge Performing Arts Center. The nearby Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve and Tuskegee National Forest offer additional recreational opportunities year-round.
The Ditchkoff Lab is committed to all aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that the inherent diversity among individuals is the foundation of society, and a diversity in viewpoints and skills strengthens our ability to address issues related to management and conservation of wildlife. We are committed to fostering an environment where not only is a diversity of backgrounds, opinions, and beliefs accepted, but this diversity strengthens us individually and as a group.
Applicants should possess a bachelor degree in Wildlife Ecology or related field, a strong work ethic, and some field experience. Applicants are encouraged to apply despite their perceived level of experience, and to not self-select out of applying. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but every attempt will be made to select a candidate by 1 February, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. Interested applicants should send a single PDF containing a cover letter outlining their qualifications for the project, copies of transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for at least 3 references to Dr. Steve Ditchkoff. Please ensure that all application materials are in a single PDF. E-mail – Steve Ditchkoff: firstname.lastname@example.org. Application materials should be sent by e-mail.