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Wetland Amphibian Conservation Job in Iowa

Position Title: M.S. Assistantship (wetland amphibian conservation)

Agency/Location: Iowa State University, Dept. of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Ames, IA http://www.nrem.iastate.edu/

Responsibilities: Conduct research on conservation of amphibians in agricultural landscapes. The study will be carried out under the direction of scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey-Iowa Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and Iowa State
University in collaboration with scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey–Fort Collins Science Center and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Research will evaluate the effectiveness of constructed wetlands as amphibian habitats as reflected in water quality, evidence of reproduction and population size estimates of native amphibians. The student will carry out all aspects of the project with guidance from supervisors. The student will supervise one or more field technicians, maintain quality control of data collection, analysis, archiving, preparation of annual progress reports and other routine duties as needed. Completion of the project will serve as partial fulfillment of the requirements for a M.S. degree from Iowa State University. Other requirements include satisfactory completion of coursework, a teaching experience, and submission of
one or more manuscripts for publication.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology, zoology, biology, environmental science, or related field. Coursework and research/internship experience in herpetology, aquatic ecology, wetlands, wildlife biology, population assessment, and environmental science is highly desirable. Candidates with demonstrated written and oral communication skills and strong academic credentials are preferred. Must be physically capable and willing to work long hours in demanding outdoor conditions. For departmental graduate admission requirements and other information see

Salary/Benefits: $19,000/year, benefits and 50% tuition waiver (tuition is in-state)

Closing/Starting Dates: Open until filled – review of applications begins October 17,
2011. Starting date January 9, 2012.

Contact: Send pre-application (cover letter, résumé, transcripts and GRE scores) electronically to Dr. Clay Pierce, Dept. of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Iowa State University, cpierce@iastate.edu. (Transcripts and GRE scores can be
unofficial scans of your copies for the pre-application.)

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