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Texas Tortoise Translocation and Disease Assessment

Texas Tortoise Translocation and Disease Assessment

Position Description: The graduate student selected will conduct research to determine the survivability and movements of Texas tortoises upon translocation.  In addition, the prevalence of diseases within tortoises from southern Texas, with emphasis on necrotizing scute disease (NSD) and upper respiratory tract disease (URTD), will be assessed.  The successful candidate will pursue an MS degree in Range and Wildlife Science with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Qualifications Required: B.S. in range and wildlife ecology, or closely related field. A strong work ethic, good verbal and written communication skills, ability to work independently and as a productive member of a research team, and ability to work under adverse field conditions (hot humid south Texas environment) are essential. Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and competitive GRE scores.

Preferred: Background or interest in herpetology, basic field ecology.

Stipend/Salary: $1,600/month plus benefits (medical package has a 60-day waiting period) Nonresident tuition waived (resident tuition fees apply). Partial resident tuition fee assistance may be provided based on availability of funds.

Start Date: January or June 2020 based on availability.

Application Deadline: Begin reviewing applications upon receipt and will 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. Scott E. Henke
Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute
Texas A&M-Kingsville
700 University Blvd, MSC 228
Kingsville, Texas 78363
Phone: 361/593-3689


The Department of Rangeland and Wildlife Sciences grants B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in wildlife. 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 south coastal Texas. Kingsville is surrounded by the historic King Ranch and is about 40 miles south 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. Selected candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation to be hired for this position


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