Graduate Student Assistantship (M.Sc.): Ecology of Kit Foxes on White Sands National Monument, NM

Graduate Student Assistantship (M.Sc.): Ecology of Kit Foxes on White Sands National Monument, NM

Location: New Mexico State University and White Sands National Monument, New Mexico


Salary: $22,619/year; Support will be for ~3 years (6 academic semesters and 2 summer semesters) and will include research assistant and teaching assistant support.

Description: The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology at New Mexico State University is offering a graduate student assistantship to begin fall semester 2018 to explore the ecology of kit foxes (Vulpes macrotis) in the Chihuahuan Desert at White Sands National Monument. The project involves capturing, radio-collaring, and using remote cameras to estimate abundance, resource use, and to apply emerging statistical methods to non-invasive data. During the field season, housing is provided on site in the form of 28 ft. trailer. The successful applicant will be co-advised by Drs. Gary Roemer and Fitsum Abadi Gebreselassie.

Qualifications: Prior experience working in remote locations, driving a 4×4 vehicle, and experience with radio telemetry are highly desired. Fieldwork will be very physically demanding; applicants will often be required to hike 5+ miles/day over rough terrain in a hot, arid environment and must be willing to work at night. Common sense, good orientation and quantitative skills, and experience with the Bayesian Statistical paradigm, GIS applications, and the program R, would be considered strengths.

To apply, please email a single PDF file that contains a cover letter, CV or resumé, GRE scores, a copy of undergraduate transcripts, and the name and contact information of 3 references to Dr. Gary Roemer at

Start date: August 15, 2018

Last date to apply: June 30, 2018

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.