Position: PhD Graduate Research Assistant
Organizations: University of North Dakota in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy
and Ducks Unlimited
Location: Grand Forks, ND (UND) and Central North Dakota (fieldwork)
Job Description: We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to participate in a project
evaluating the impacts of high impact short duration grazing on nesting birds (primarily
songbirds but also grouse and ducks). The successful applicant will be responsible for
leading field crews (3 to 8 people), working with landowners and cooperating agencies,
maintaining and proofing data, conducting analysis on nesting bird and vegetation
responses to grazing practices, and providing outreach about the project for local
landowner groups. Funding is available for a pilot year (summer 2020) and three
subsequent field seasons. Students will be encouraged to consider additional components
of the project that fit their interests and will enhance project deliverables.
Start Date: Pilot year of field data collection will begin May 15th and PhD position will
officially begin in Fall 2020.
Qualifications: M.S. degree in wildlife biology, zoology, rangeland management, or related
field. GREs are required. Preference will be given to students with a background in
grassland birds, population modeling, prairie ecology, and/or rangeland management.
The successful applicant will also need to be highly motivated, passionate about avian
ecology and management, and possess strong organizational and communication skills.
Compensation: $2400/month + tuition waiver
How to Apply: Please send a resume or CV, cover letter, and contact information for 3
references to Dr. Susan Felege (firstname.lastname@example.org). Deadline to apply is March
15th, although we will begin screening for applicants immediately and continue until the
positions are filled.