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Graduate Student Research Assistantship

The National Park Service, Southeast Coast Network
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   The National Park Service is seeking to fund a 0.50 EFT (20 hours/week) Graduate Research Assistant beginning Fall Semester 2019 to assist the National Park Service with the analysis of avian acoustic data collected from automated recording devices throughout park units within the Southeast Coast Network. Assistantship requirements include, but are not limited to: analyzing data to determine land bird species’ presence using bioacoustics software, database entry and management, and preparing reports (including maps and relevant figures) as related to the position. Additionally, the candidate will develop an original research question which may be related to the position. Opportunities in the Coweeta LTER (Long-Term Ecological Research) are also available, and the scheduling of the position is flexible in order to allow for a field-based research component. 


   Students selected for this Assistantship will be advised in their graduate work by Dr. Jeffrey Hepinstall-Cymerman in the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources. As such, competitive candidates will have the following skills: extensive familiarity with southeastern breeding bird vocalizations, experience with Microsoft word, excel, and access software, basic landscape ecology principles, GIS, statistical modeling software (R software is preferred), and the ability to work independently with attention to detail. 


   The position will be located at the NPS Headquarters office in the UGA Whitehall Forest and the candidate will work directly with the program coordinator, Mark (Brian) Gregory, of the Southeast Coast Network. Current salary rates for FY19 range from $2,139 to $2,312 per month depending on the degree being sought. The position is funded for two years of support with the possibility of extension. 

Current salary rates for FY19 range from $2,139 to $2,312 per month depending on the degree being sought.
How to Apply:

   If interested, please submit a CV, letter of interest, current transcripts, contact information for two academic/professional references, and writing samples to Brian Gregory and Dr. Jeffrey Hepinstall-Cymerman by December 21th 2018. Potential students must apply and be admitted to The Graduate School at UGA. Application procedures can be found here:…. Position expected to be filled by summer 2019, but start dates are flexible. 
   Brian Gregory, NPS SECN: 
   Dr. Jeffrey Hepinstall-Cymerman, UGA: