Apply now Job no: 502897
Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 080300 - FWRC-Wildlife,Fisheries&Aquaculture
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Position Open Date: Jul 16 2021
Mississippi State University is seeking a self-motivated individual with a
passion for wildlife monitoring to lead a project evaluating different non-
invasive methods for estimating wildlife population densities. The
individual's primary responsibility is to lead a team of technicians working
to collect and process data (camera trap and non-invasive genetics from fecal
samples), coordinate and perform genetics lab work to extract and amplify DNA
from animal samples, and coordinate activities among collaborators required to
complete project objectives. The project is in cooperation with Mississippi
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, and USDA-ARS Genetics and
Sustainable Agriculture research group. The project sites are located in
Benton and Chickasaw Counties, and the South Delta region of Mississippi, and
housing is provided at field sites when travel is required during the field
seasons (January – March and May – September 2022).
Salary Grade: 13
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Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges. For salary grade UC,
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Mississippi State University is a top-ranked research institution and the
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture (WFA) has a strong applied
focus in wildlife conservation and management. The 35-member faculty within
the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture leads one of the most
productive research programs in the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and
Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University. The department is well-
known for its highly collegial and interdisciplinary faculty, post-doctoral
fellows, research and extension associates that help make the department one
of the premier institutions for applied wildlife and fisheries science in the
nation. As one of the fastest growing undergraduate programs in the region,
our 300 undergraduate students concentrate in wildlife agriculture science,
human-wildlife interactions, conservation biology, wildlife veterinary
medicine, conservation law enforcement, and wildlife, fisheries and
aquaculture science. The department also houses 60 graduate students across a
variety of programs. For additional information see
Area of Specialization:
Wildlife Monitoring Specialist
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Hires and supervises seasonal technicians and student workers
2. Communicates with MDWFP staff and landowners regarding land access and
3. Plans, coordinates and conducts seasonal field work including scientific
data collection following the established study design and protocols.
4. Designs, performs, and/or oversees data collection to ensure data
integrity, quality control, and protocol compliance.
5. Collects, analyzes, and interprets data; contributes to statistical and
narrative reports and/or graphs under supervision; contributes to the
preparation of manuscripts for publication; presents research results to
scientific conferences and other groups.
6. Applies an analytical approach to the solution of a wide variety of
problems, or applies specialized techniques or ingenuity in selecting and
evaluating approaches to unforeseen or novel problems.
7. Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies;
promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental
8. Assists with coordinating inventory and purchasing of field and lab
9. Coordinates scheduling of field work and laboratory activities.
10. May lead, guide, and train staff/student employees, and/or interns
performing related work.
11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
A Bachelor's degree in wildlife science, ecology, or natural resource related
field (wildlife ecology, environmental science, geography). Experience
working independently to manage projects and tasks in a field setting.
Rank and salary commensurate with education and experience.
Experience working in a genetics laboratory or similar experience. Master's
degree in wildlife science, ecology, or natural resource related field
(wildlife ecology, environmental science, geography). Experience towing
trailers and with All-Terrain Vehicles.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Project management for a wildlife program or similar related management
- Field experience following protocols, collecting data, navigation, and data
- Operation of 4WD vehicles
- Ability to hike long distances and carry equipment required to conduct
- Excellent communication skills (experience with private landowners and/or
natural resource agency representatives)
- Proficiency with geospatial software (e.g., ArcMap, QGIS, Google Earth),
geodatabases, and Excel spreadsheets.
- Knowledge of wildlife monitoring protocols and practices
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
Exposure to inclement weather, heat, cold, mud, insects, wildlife and other
potential complications of outdoor settings. Often exposed to one or more
elements such as heat, cold, noise, dust, dirt, chemicals, etc., often to the
point of being objectionable. Physical effort/activity will be required, must
be able to lift up to 50 pounds unassisted. Job frequently involves bending or
other physical exertion. Job requires frequent sitting, standing, walking,
grasping objects with hands, communicating verbally and in writing. ab work
requires following Bio Safety Lab I protocols. Frequent travel to and working
in remote/rural areas in the community. Seasonal overnight travel, occasional
evening, and weekend work. The ability to work after normal work hours during
peak seasons will be required.
Instructions for Applying:
Link to apply: https:// explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/
Please apply and upload resume and cover letter via MSU job portal at
www. jobs.msstate.edu. Submit unofficial transcripts with social security
numbers redacted to Dana Morin, email@example.com
Position contingent upon funding availability.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will
receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity,
sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic
information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any
other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and
applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share
our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in
our student population.
Advertised: Jul 16 2021 Central Daylight Time