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  • Two MS Assistantships – Duck brood use of wetlands in Prairie Pothole Wetlands-Iowa or Louisiana

    Melanie Colón
    • Employer: Iowa State University and Louisiana State University
      Location: Iowa or Louisiana
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/23/2018
      Open Until Filled: No

    Two MS Assistantships – Duck brood use of wetlands in Prairie Pothole Wetlands-Iowa or Louisiana
    Agency Iowa State University and Louisiana State University Location Iowa or Louisiana Job Category Graduate Assistantships Salary 24000 Last Date to Apply 03/23/2018 Description We are seeking applications for two Masters of Science graduate students to work on a collaborative research project with Ducks Unlimited, Iowa State University, Delta Waterfowl Foundation, Louisiana State University, and Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center. The students will work together on a 4-state project examining duck brood use of wetlands in farmed landscapes of the U.S. Prairie Pothole Region in Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota. Field work will involve surveying wetlands with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to document duck brood occupancy and sampling wetlands to assess aquatic invertebrate availability for foraging broods. The students will work collaboratively as part of a team in the field and supervise efforts to process invertebrate samples in the laboratory. There is opportunity for each student to expand on the main goals of this project following their own areas of interest. The assistantship at Iowa State University under supervision of Dr. Adam Janke will be supported by a combined teaching and research assistantship that provides a $24,000 per year stipend, health insurance, and a 50% tuition waiver. This student will focus his/her efforts in Iowa and South Dakota. The assistantship at Louisiana State University under supervision of Dr. Kevin Ringelman will be supported by a research assistantship that provides $24,000 per year stipend and full tuition waiver. This student will focus his/her efforts in North Dakota and Minnesota. Ideally the selected applicant would be available to work as a technician on the pilot project during the spring/summer of 2018, though recruitment for the position is not conditional on that. Graduate students will begin at their respective institutions during the Fall 2018 semester. Qualifications Candidates must have a BS in wildlife ecology or a closely related field, with GPA ≥3.0 and GRE scores ≥50th percentile. Applicants with experience in conducting brood surveys, sampling and identifying aquatic invertebrates, and/or operating UAVs are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates must possess a strong work ethic, excellent organizational skills, and be able to communicate effectively with private landowners. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license. APPLICATION: Interested candidates should submit their application via email to Dr. Adam Janke and/or Dr. Kevin Ringelman with the subject line “Brood MS project”. The application packet should include a cover letter, a CV including cumulative GPA and GRE scores (with percentiles), unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references. Applicants should also indicate if they are available and interested in working for Ducks Unlimited on the project during spring/summer of 2018. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until a suitable applicant is found. Students are encouraged to apply to the advisor or institution that would fit best, or apply for both positions. CONTACT: Dr. Adam Janke Dr. Kevin Ringelman ajanke@iastate.edu kringelman@agcenter.lsu.edu (515) 294-7429 (225) 578-4212 Contact Person Adam Janke Contact eMail ajanke@iastate.edu

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