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Research Assistant (4 years) - Wildlife inventory and conservation planning

Job Summary: Researchers from the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment at Auburn University are implementing a 4-year project to understand the impacts of historical management activities on biodiversity of Alabama wildlife and to inform future approaches to habitat management on state lands. As part of this project, we are seeking a research assistant who will assist with coordinating all field- and office-based aspects of the project.

Essential Functions:
• Purchasing and maintaining field and lab equipment
• Organizing field sampling logistics including permits, vehicles, and field housing
• Coordinate all aspects of data management, including developing data sheets and data entry, proofing, managing, and analysis
• Participate in field-based sampling efforts for birds, mammals, and vegetation
• Ensuring field vehicles are maintained
• Hiring and supervising field technicians
• Acquiring and maintaining GIS databases
• Tracking the budget
• Disseminating project information in the form of reports, peer-reviewed manuscripts, and presentations

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in wildlife, biology, ecology, forestry, or a closely related field from an accredited institution
• Strong communication skills in oral and written English
• Capable of working in both outdoor and settings
• Strong computer skills
• Comfortable driving long distances
• Self-motivation, a positive attitude, and strong interpersonal skills
• Ability to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team

Desired Qualifications – Note that while these skills and qualifications are desirable, previous experience in all of these areas is not required. Please do not self-select yourself out of applying, as there are many ways to be successful in this position and many different types of skills that will be useful.
• MS degree in wildlife, biology, ecology, natural resources, forestry, or a closely related field from an accredited institution
• Prior field experience conducting avian point counts, small mammal trapping, and vegetation sampling
• Ability to navigate challenges associated with working outdoors in the southeastern United States (e.g., heat, humidity, biting insects, poison ivy)
• Strong data management skills and experience using R, Github, GIS and remote sensing software
• Experience presenting and publishing peer-reviewed research
• Experience working with government agencies and other diverse stakeholder groups

Hourly Rate: $33,000 - $68,300 commensurate with experience

To apply, please visit Please contact Dr. Jonathon Valente ([email protected]) with questions.


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