Graduate Research Assistant

Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture Starkville, Mississippi
Job Type Student / postdoc

A graduate research assistantship (Master’s) in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University is available starting August 2019. The student will work on a research project designed to evaluate avian community use of fields managed for the mourning dove Zenaida macroura in Wildlife Management Areas of Mississippi.

The successful candidate will work with the staff of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to collect field and hunter harvest data. The student will be responsible for conducting avian surveys, vegetation sampling and banding doves during the year. The student will be supported by a full-time research assistantship at a starting salary of $16,500/year. Health benefits and tuition waiver are also provided.

Candidates should have a BS in wildlife ecology or a closely related field. Experience with avian survey techniques, habitat sampling and bird banding is important. Strong organizational abilities, attention to detail, and excellent communication skills (both oral and written) are necessary. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and GRE scores above the 50th percentile. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and familiar with the use of four-wheel drive and all-terrain vehicles.


Interested applicants should contact Dr. Francisco J. Vilella by email ( with a letter of interest, curriculum vitae including cumulative GPA and GRE scores (include percentiles), unofficial transcripts, description of any previous research experience, and telephone and email contact information for three references. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until a suitable applicant is found.

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