The Avian Science Center (ASC; http://www.cfc.umt.edu/asc/), part of the Wildlife Biology Program at the University of Montana (UM), invites applications from highly motivated individuals to pursue a MS or PhD degree and conduct innovative, high-impact research. The prospective student will have the flexibility to develop their graduate project within the ASC mission and research categories for their graduate research. The mission of ASC is to promote informed decision-making based on ecological research on avian species for the conservation of natural resources. Research in the ASC focuses on the broad, overlapping categories of 1) adaptive management monitoring, 2) landscape-scale conservation, and 3) advancing methods to inform avian conservation. Projects within the ASC are most often in partnership with natural resource agencies and organizations. The ideal start date is Fall 2022.
Applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, biology, ecology, statistics, or a related field. Strong quantitative skills and programming experience are highly preferred.
How to apply
Interested individuals should email Dr. Victoria J. Dreitz (firstname.lastname@example.org) the information below as one attached PDF file with “Graduate Student” in the subject line.
1) Cover letter
2) Statement of Interest: Describe your motivation for working with the ASC at UM and propose a few projects ideas for your graduate research (max 1 page).
3) Statement of Diversity: Describe what diversity means to you. Expand on how you encourage diversity, equity, or inclusion in the past, present, or plan to in the future. Describe your ideas on how the wildlife profession can increase diversity, equity, and inclusion (max 1 page).
4) Statement on Graduate Education: Provide your ideals of the graduate school experience. What challenges or requirements are you most excited to embrace? What challenges or requirements excite you the least? What professional and personal goals will the graduate experience help you achieve (max 1 page).
5) CV or Resume
6) Names and contact information for 3 references
7) Transcripts (unofficial are acceptable)
Applications will be reviewed as received until filled. Only individuals who meet the suggested minimum requirements for Graduate Students in the Wildlife Biology Program at the University of Montana will be considered. See the University of Montana Wildlife Biology Program website for specific details including these requirements: https://www.cfc.umt.edu/wbio/graduate/default.php. Please note that differing application materials may be required by the Wildlife Biology Program and the Graduate School at UM.