Positions Available

MS Assistantship: Golden-winged Warbler survival

Location: University of Maine (Orono, ME) with fieldwork in the Midwest and Appalachians

Stipend: ~$21,096 per year plus tuition (up to 13 credits per academic year) and ½ health insurance premium

Description: Dr. Amber Roth seeks a graduate student to pursue an MS degree over a 3 to 3.5-year period in association with the School of Forest Resources and Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at the University of Maine. The student will be charged with estimating Golden-winged Warbler annual survival as part of a population viability assessment.  The graduate student will work closely with a post-doctoral student developing range-wide population and habitat models. This position is a combination of a Teaching Assistantship (fall semesters) and Research Assistantship (spring and summer semesters). The student has the option to pursue a degree in Wildlife Ecology, Forest Resources, or Ecology & Environmental Science.  Peer-reviewed publications are expected as a product of this research. My intent is to hire the likely graduate student to begin a program of study beginning in Spring 2021 (potential to begin Fall 2020), with an expected graduation date of December 2023. Funding is still pending (and may be delayed due to COVID-19) so the position will be filled upon confirmation of funding approval.

Qualifications: Qualified applicants will possess a BS/BA degree in biology, ecology, natural resources, environmental science, or other relevant fields, strong interpersonal skills, and a valid driver’s license. Competitive candidates will also have 1) considerable experience capturing and banding songbirds including attachment of telemetry tags (i.e., should be comfortable with training others in banding and tag attachment techniques), 2) ability to work independently in the field, 3) ability to work remotely and coordinate multiple field crews, 4) spatial analysis skills using GIS, and 5) have an interest in undergraduate teaching. Additionally, I’m seeking someone who has a strong work ethic and an outgoing personality. This project will require the physical ability to work in dense, regenerating forests and the mental toughness to implement a relatively
short but intensive field season.

Applications: Email your resume, cover letter summarizing your experience and interests, college transcripts, GRE scores (percentiles), and contact info for three references to Dr. Amber Roth via amber.roth AT maine.edu.

Deadline for applications: July 10, 2020 or until filled.

The University of Maine is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship: University of Maine, Orono

Responsibilities:  The incumbent will develop a research project aimed at understanding how predation/competition with invasive species (e.g., smallmouth bass) may influence the freshwater stages (and restoration) of Atlantic salmon in Maine.  The student will use historic electrofishing distribution data in conjunction with habitat information (i.e., temperature, substrate, slope) to construct a spatially explicit population model. 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.  Incumbent will work with partners (State of Maine, NOAA, Penobscot Nation, USFWS) and be responsible for frequent reporting.  One to two semesters of TA support is anticipated.

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

Salary: $26,000 per year (4.5 –year), $2,732 health, and tuition. Funding is renewed annually.

Closing date: July 31, 2020; anticipated starting date of January 1, 2021

Contact: Send CV, transcripts copies, 3 refs (names only) and GRE scores/percentiles to Joe Zydlewski (email josephz@maine.edu)

Link: https://www1.usgs.gov/coopunits/staff/480833


updated 6/15/2020