M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship on Spotted Skunks

I am seeking a highly qualified M.S. student to conduct a funded research

project on spotted skunk habitat use. The research project will involve

intensive capture and tracking efforts of eastern spotted skunks in

Alabama=E2=80=99s Conecuh National Forest and Blue Spring WMA. The graduate=


will need to spend long periods of time in the field. While conducting

research, the student will be housed at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education

Center and given access to a 4WD truck. A $12,000 stipend and tuition

wavier will be provided the first year. The second year of funding will be

contingent on grant renewal or by applying for a graduate teaching

assistantship. The selected individual will enroll in the graduate program

of the Biology Department at the University of West Georgia beginning

January 2018.

Please email a PDF application containing a letter of interest, CV,

unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for three

professional references to Dr. Andrew Edelman, aedelman@westga.edu.  Please

include =E2=80=9CSkunk GRA=E2=80=9D as the subject line of the email. Revie=

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applications will begin immediately.

*Minimum Qualifications*

B.S. in biology, wildlife ecology, or related field with at least a 3.0 GPA

on a 4.0 scale

Minimum GRE scores: Verbal 150, Math 150, Writing 3.0

Strong experience in ecological/wildlife research at the undergraduate or

post-baccalaureate level

Excellent quantitative, writing, and oral communication skills

Willingness to spend extensive periods at a semi-remote location

Ability to hike across rough terrain under a variety of weather conditions

while hauling heavy equipment

Orienteering skills

Ability to drive 4WD vehicle

*Preferred Qualifications*

Proficient in radio-telemetry techniques

Experience in animal handling and camera trap methods

Current rabies vaccination

Basic training in GIS and statistics