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  • MS. Research Assistantship in Wildlife Ecology – California Condors – Utah State University


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    • Employer: Utah State University
      Location: Logan UT
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 10/10/2021
      Open Until Filled: No

    Drs. Mike Conover and Nicki Frey are soliciting applications for a graduate research assistantship in Wildlife Ecology for January 2022 – June 2024.  The graduate student would be responsible for studying scavenging patterns of California condors in southern Utah. We are interested in the interaction of condors and the predator/scavenger guild, and how the addition of condors to the landscape changes the foraging behavior of other scavengers/predators, such as coyotes and black bears.

    The student will live in Logan, Utah to attend classes at Utah State University; research will be conducted in southern Utah during the summers of 2022 and 2023. The student will be provided with a vehicle and housing while working in southern Utah; research expenses will be paid through a grant.

    This project will require the ability for the student researcher to move about by themselves in rough terrain, in various weather conditions, in areas with little to no cell phone coverage. Therefore, applicants with a demonstrated ability to perform well under these conditions will be preferred.  Similarly, applicants with demonstrated leadership ability and an independent work motivation will be preferred.   The ability to converse in Spanish will be an asset.

    Students will be provided a stipend of $1200/month, assuming a 20-hour work week at $15/hour. Basic graduate student insurance will be cost-shared with the student.  In-state tuition will be covered.

    Applicants must have a valid U. S. driver’s license.

    Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, GRE scores if available, and unofficial transcripts to mike.conover@usu.edu and nicki.frey@usu.edu . Please entitle the subject “Condor Research Assistant”

    Application due October 10, 2021.



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