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Marissa Ahlering

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  1. 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 (susan.felege@email.und.edu). Deadline to apply is March 15th, although we will begin screening for applicants immediately and continue until the positions are filled. grad_position-updated.pdf
  2. Position: 3 Grassland Bird Field Technicians and 1 Crew Leader Organizations: University of North Dakota in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy and Ducks Unlimited Location: Central North Dakota Job Description: We are seeking highly motivated grassland bird technicians and a crew leader to conduct surveys for grassland bird nests in central North Dakota as part of a large grazing study. Primary duties will include nest searching, vegetation sampling, data entry and proofing, and working with landowners to facilitate data collection. The Crew Leader will be responsible for organizing and leading daily field schedules. Technicians will start May 18 and continue until August 15. After an initial training period, the crews will work independently to conduct the field work. Applicants should have good organizational and communication skills, enthusiasm for working outdoors in some tough weather conditions and a valid driver’s license. The crew leader should have strong communication and team building skills. Experience locating songbird, grouse, and duck nests and identifying birds by sight and sound is desirable. Compensation: $13 - $15 hour depending on qualifications/position. Housing and a vehicle for fieldwork is provided. How to Apply: Please send a single PDF that includes a cover letter, resume or CV, and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Susan Felege (susan.felege@email.und.edu) with the subject line “Grassland Bird Study Techs”. Deadline to apply is March 15th, although we will begin screening for applicants immediately and continue until the positions are filled. field_techs_updated.pdf
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