Position Description: Now accepting applications for a M. S. student to study the nightly movements of endangered, migratory Mexican Long-nosed Bats (Leptoncyteris nivalis) at Emory Cave in Big Bend National Park, Texas using GPS tags. Objectives include summarizing historic population trends at Emory Cave and using GPS tags to identify and characterize key foraging areas. The applicant will be under the supervision of Dr. Loren Ammerman. Travel, food, and lodging expenses will be provided during field events in June and July in Big Bend National Park.

Duties will include supervision of field crew, capture and tagging individuals, retrieving data, maintaining equipment, characterizing foraging areas, data analysis, data submission to NABAT, assisting with reporting, and participating in scientific meetings. Data collected during this project will be included in the thesis of the successful applicant.   The successful candidate MUST be able to begin work on June 1, 2023.

Qualifications Required: B. S. in biology, ecology, wildlife science, or closely related field. Must meet requirements of admission to Angelo State University graduate program in biology (3.0 minimum GPA). Also required is a strong work ethic, good verbal and written communication skills, ability to follow all permit conditions, ability to troubleshoot, leadership skills, ability to work and hike under physically-demanding field conditions (backpacking in the Chihuahuan desert), acceptable rabies titer or willingness to receive rabies prophylactic vaccine, proof of full vaccination for COVID-19, and ability to qualify for a valid Texas driver’s license. Must be able to begin on June 1, 2023.

Desired qualifications include: field experience, bat handling experience, familiarity with White Nose syndrome field guidelines, experience camping, navigation skills, comfort learning and applying technology to field techniques, have experience with vegetation analysis, and experience organizing large amounts of data. Familiarity with NABAT and GIS is preferred.   Please contact Loren Ammerman for more information. Admission to the Biology Graduate Program is required. Applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.  

To apply: Send via email a single pdf file that includes 1) a cover letter that includes statement of interest and career goals, 2) resume/CV, 3) transcripts (can be unofficial), and 4) names and email addresses of 3 references to: Loren K. Ammerman, Professor of Biology, Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas 76909 (loren.ammerman@angelo.edu) Contact Person Loren K. Ammerman Contact eMail loren.ammerman@angelo.edu

Salary Salary $1230/month (19 h/wk), for 22 months, partial tuition fee assistance may be provided based on merit and availability of funds.

Start Date June/01/2023

Last Date to Apply March/10/2023

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