Available positions in the ECo Department are as follows:

Faculty and Staff

Graduate Student and Post Doctoral Positions

    • M.S. Graduate Assistantship – Family Forestry Research Center  – Start Date: September 3, 2019
    • M.S. Graduate Assistantship – Farmland birds in the Pioneer Valley 

There is an opening for a master’s student here in ECO starting spring of 2019 studying songbird diets on farms in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts to gauge the effectiveness of farmland birds for pest control. Duties would include capturing birds on farms with traps or mistnets, collecting fecal samples for genetic analysis of prey, making foraging observations, conducting an exclosure experiment, and assisting with laboratory analyses as needed.

The position includes an annual stipend of $20,000, plus a tuition waiver. The candidate would be supervised by Dr. Joe Elkinton, Dr. Jeremy Andersen and me. An undergraduate degree in biology, natural resources, or a related field, plus prior field experience with birds is required. Competitive applications will also have strong writing and analytical skills and experience in songbird capture and handling. We will also be hiring a field technician to assist the Master’s candidate in the field activities above for 10-12 weeks at $480/wk. Ideally the Master’s student would start in early May and field technician later in May.

Applicants should submit a CV with contact info for 3 references and a brief summary of their skills and experience as they pertain to the duties described above all in a single document to . Applicants should also indicate the position to which they are applying, and when they would be able to start.