Research Assistantship- Idaho

University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
approx. $19K/yr + tuition, fees, and insurance
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP for a MSc student at the University of Idaho (Moscow, Idaho). In cooperation with Idaho Department of Fish and Game as well as other research collaborators, the student’s project will focus on estimating recruitment and density of black bears. This work will involve capturing and collaring bears, deploying remote cameras, and sampling vegetation in three study areas in Idaho. This project has a strong field component where the student works directly in the field supervising three others while also supervising an additional crew of two (one lead technician and one standard technician) working remotely. Work includes tent camping for 8-10 consecutive days, hiking in mountainous habitat, and handling black bears with human and animal safety as priority. Ideal candidates will have experience in: field research, supervising others in remote settings, and chemical immobilization and animal handling. Additionally, candidates should have a strong interest in mastering new quantitative approaches for estimating population metrics from unmarked populations. Strong candidates will also have a desire to learn and grow both as a person and a scientist. Candidates should possess a strong work ethic and excellent written and interpersonal skills. Experience working for a state wildlife management agency is preferred. Start date is late spring 2019 with fall 2019 being the first semester on campus. This position lasts 3 years and includes a year-round, full Research Assistantship stipend plus all tuition, fees, and student health insurance. See the following webpages for more information on the College of Natural Resources ( or the Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences ( at the University of Idaho.
Qualifications: undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology or related field (e.g., Biology, Zoology, etc.), undergraduate GPA of >3.0, and combined verbal and quantitative GRE score of >308 (>1200 in the prior 1600-point scale). To apply, please send the following materials (via email) to Dr. David Ausband ( (1) Cover letter explaining career goals and academic interests, highlighting relevant experience, (2) resume (include GPA and GRE scores as well as contact information for >3 references), and (3) unofficial copy of undergraduate transcripts. Closing date and time: January 25, 2019 at 5 p.m. PST
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Dr. David Ausband
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