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  • MS Assistantship: Golden-winged Warbler survival

    • Employer: University of Maine
      Location: Orono, Maine
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 07/10/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Location: University of Maine (Orono, ME) with fieldwork in the Midwest and Appalachians

    Stipend: ~$21,096 per year plus tuition (up to 13 credits per academic year) and ½ health insurance premium

    Description: Dr. Amber Roth seeks a graduate student to pursue a MS degree over a 3 to 3.5-year period in association with the School of Forest Resources and Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at the University of Maine. The student will be charged with estimating Golden-winged Warbler annual survival as part of a population viability assessment. The graduate student will work closely with a post-doctoral student developing range-wide population and habitat models. This position is a combination of a Teaching Assistantship (fall semesters) and Research Assistantship (spring and summer semesters). The student has the option to pursue a degree in Wildlife Ecology, Forest Resources, or Ecology & Environmental Science. Peer reviewed publications are expected as a product of this research. My intent is to hire the likely graduate student to begin a program of study beginning in Spring 2021 (potential to begin Fall 2020), with an expected graduation date of December 2023. Funding is still pending (and may be delayed due to COVID-19) so the position will be filled upon confirmation of funding approval.

    Qualifications: Qualified applicants will possess a BS/BA degree in biology, ecology, natural resources, environmental science, or other relevant field, strong interpersonal skills, and a valid driver’s license. Competitive candidates will also have 1) considerable experience capturing and banding songbirds including attachment of telemetry tags (i.e., should be comfortable with training others in banding and tag attachment techniques), 2) ability to work independently in the field, 3) ability to work remotely and coordinate multiple field crews, 4) spatial analysis skills using GIS, and 5) have an interest in undergraduate teaching. Additionally, I’m seeking someone who has a strong work ethic and an outgoing personality. This project will require the physical ability to work in dense, regenerating forests and the mental toughness to implement a relatively short but intensive field season.

    Applications: Email your resume, cover letter summarizing your experience and interests, college transcripts, GRE scores (percentiles), and contact info for three references as a single PDF file to Dr. Amber Roth via amber.roth AT maine.edu

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