Assessment of South Texas Loma Habitat for Texas Tortoise
Position Description: The graduate student selected will conduct research on the rare and unique vegetation in clay lomas of South Texas and on their value as habitat for Texas tortoises. Project goals include describing vegetation and other variables of clay lomas and rating their value as Texas tortoise habitat based on density of tortoises on a minimum of 15 different lomas in a 4-county area of southern coastal Texas. The successful candidate will pursue a M.S. degree in Range & Wildlife Management with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and Dept. of Rangeland and Wildlife Sciences, Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Additional work expectations include assisting with other projects; assisting with prescribed burning; occasional help preparing for, teaching, and grading classes or labs; and other duties as assigned.
Qualifications Required: B.S. in range ecology, plant ecology, or closely related field. A strong work ethic and plant identification skills are mandatory, excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to work both independently and as a productive member of a research team, and the ability and willingness to work under adverse field conditions (extreme heat and humidity, ticks, mosquitoes, snakes, etc.) are essential. Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and competitive GRE scores.
Preferred: Background or interest in plant identification, GIS/GPS skills, experience surveying vegetation, basic field ecology.
Stipend/Salary: $1,600/month plus benefits (medical package has a 60-day waiting period). Nonresident tuition is waived (resident tuition fees apply). Partial resident tuition fee assistance may be provided based on availability of funds.
Start Date: January 1, 2021 or earliest time thereafter (pending project approval)
Application Deadline: Will begin reviewing applications upon receipt and continue until a suitable candidate is selected.
To Apply: Send a cover letter stating interests and career goals, resume/CV, copies of transcripts (originals will be required if selected), GRE scores, and 3 letters of reference to:
Dr. Sandra Rideout-Hanzak
Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute
700 University Blvd, MSC 218
Kingsville, Texas 78363
Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) enrolls approximately 6,000 students. The Department of Rangeland and Wildlife Sciences grants B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. The Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute is a research unit of the university with 15 scientists, 50+ graduate students, and numerous support staff. TAMUK is located in Kingsville, TX, a city of approximately 26,000 in coastal south Texas. Kingsville is surrounded by the historic King Ranch and is about 40 miles southwest of Corpus Christi, TX (population 175,000+).
Texas law requires that males 18 through 25 show proof of compliance with Federal Selective Service law in order to be eligible for employment.