Positions Available

 

M.S. Graduate Assistantship: Alewife passage in the St. Croix- anticipated start date of May 15, 2022

Responsibilities:  Incumbent will develop a three-year study on the passage of alewife in the St. Croix River, Maine, as an integral part of ongoing river restoration efforts. The project will use active telemetry (radio or acoustic) to characterize migratory path choice and success for this important native species. This is a quantitatively intense study. While telemetry experience would be desirable, a willingness to learn is a necessity. Good communication skills are essential as this project will be collaborative with State of Maine, NOAA, USFWS, Canadian and Passamaquoddy partners. One to two semesters of TA support are anticipated. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications: B.S. in biology or equivalent, quantitative skills, interest in fisheries science and excellent work ethics. GPA of 3.2+ and GREs >50th percentile desired (if available).

Salary: $23,000 per year, $2,386 health, and $7,033 tuition (estimated). Funding is renewed annually (anticipated 3 years).

Closing date: Review will begin December 31, 2021 and continue until filled; anticipated starting date of May 15, 2022.

Contact: Send cover letter, CV, transcript copies, three references (names only), and GRE scores/percentiles (not required) to Joe Zydlewski (email  josephz@maine.edu) with heading “Alewife-passage”.

Link: https://www1.usgs.gov/coopunits/unit/Maine


M.S. Graduate Assistantship: Atlantic salmon kelt passage – anticipated start date of May 15, 2022

Responsibilities: Incumbent will study migratory behavior and passage success of sea run adult Atlantic salmon in the Penobscot River, Maine. The project will use active telemetry (radio or acoustic) and physiological assessment to characterize migratory, reproductive and survival costs imposed by dams. This is a quantitatively intense study. Experience in field ecology, database management, and telemetry are desirable – but only a willingness to learn is a necessity. Good communication skills are essential as the incumbent will work with many partners (State of Maine, federal, tribal and NGOs). One to two semesters of TA support are anticipated. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications: B.S. in biology or equivalent, quantitative skills, interest in fisheries science and excellent work ethics. GPA of 3.2+ and GREs >50th percentile desired (if available).

Salary: $23,000 per year, $2,386 health, and $7,033 tuition (estimated). Funding is renewed annually (anticipated 3 years).

Closing date: Review will begin December 31, 2021 and continue until filled; anticipated starting date of May 15, 2022.

Contact: Send cover letter, CV, transcript copies, three references (names only) and GRE scores/percentiles to Joe Zydlewski (email josephz@maine.edu) with heading “Kelt passage”.

Link: https://www1.usgs.gov/coopunits/unit/Maine


Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship: Food web impacts of alewife reintroduction – anticipated start date of May 15, 2022

Responsibilities: The incumbent will develop a research project aimed at understanding how the reintroduction of sea-run alewife may influence the food web and sport fisheries of coastal lakes in Maine. The student will use pre- and post- introduction assessments to assess general ecology shifts and growth in target species (e.g., land locked Atlantic salmon). Other complimentary approaches will be collaboratively developed. Experience in field ecology, database management, and modeling are desirable – but only a willingness to learn is a necessity. Good communication skills are essential. The incumbent will work with many partners (State of Maine, federal, tribal and NGOs), and be responsible for frequent reporting. The student will be advised by both Christina Murphy and Joe Zydlewski. One to two semesters of TA support is anticipated. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications: M.S. in biology or equivalent, quantitative skills, interest in fisheries science and excellent work ethics. GPA of 3.2+ is desired.

Salary: $26,000 per year, $2,386 health, and $7,033 tuition (estimated). Funding is renewed annually, 4.5 years is anticipated.

Closing date: Review will begin December 31, 2021 and continue until filled; anticipated starting date of May 15, 2022.

Contact: Send cover letter, CV, transcript copies, three references (names only) and GRE scores/percentiles (optional) to Joe Zydlewski (email josephz@maine.edu) with heading “Alewife-food web”

Link: https://www1.usgs.gov/coopunits/unit/Maine


Updated 11/15/2021