March 29, 2012
Position description: Intern will work as part of a research team investigating how animal biodiversity is responding to large-scale restoration efforts in the Chihuahuan Desert aimed at restoring grassland habitat for wildlife (“Restore New Mexico” project). Intern will develop an independent research project related to how shrub-control treatments affect habitat structure and nesting success for songbirds. Research could focus on estimating nest predation rates, and identification of important nest predators, in paired grassland and shrubland sites. Focal species include black-throated sparrows and Cassin’s sparrows. Position is funded from the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at NSF in association with the Jornada LTER site.
The intern will be employed by New Mexico State University. This is a great opportunity for a motivated student to gain valuable research experience in the Land of Enchantment.
Dates: 1 June 2012 – 31 July 2012 (some flexibility)
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico
Salary and housing: $2,000 per month salary plus up to $600 per month for housing.
Position requirements: Current undergraduate (or spring 2012 graduate) in B.S. program in the biological sciences or natural resources management. Genuine interest in applied ecology and biodiversity restoration. Previous research experience in field ecology helpful. Experience with songbirds in the southwestern US is not necessary. Ability to work independently and as part of a small team is required.
Application procedures: (1) Cover letter, (2) Resume, and (3) Names and contact information for two professional references should be sent via email to Dr. Robert Schooley at the University of Illinois (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of applications will begin 15 April 2012.