PhD Assistantship: Vital Rates of Northern Fisher Populations

Syracuse, New York
$20,000/year + benefits + tuition waiver
Feb 16, 2018
Apr 16, 2018
Wildlife Biology
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PhD Assistantship: Vital Rates of Northern Fisher Populations –Adirondack Park/Tug Hill, NY

The SUNY ESF Roosevelt Wild Life Station is recruiting an outstanding individual for a PhD Assistantship studying vital rates of fisher populations, a species demonstrating long-term declines across much of their northern range in the eastern US.  The student’s research will quantify reproduction and survival rates of fishers in the Adirondack and Tug Hill regions of northern NY State, using a combination of GPS-collars and intensive camera trapping.  This research will contribute critical data to a larger collaboration with the NY Department of Environmental Conservation and NY Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit involving population models to explore management options for northern fisher populations.  The graduate student would ideally begin during the fall 2018 semester.


  • BS and MS degrees in Wildlife Ecology/Management or closely related field, with a strong academic record and GRE scores. 
  • Strong quantitative skills.  At least one year of statistical training at the graduate level, and working knowledge of R statistical software and ArcGIS strongly desired.  Experience with survival analysis helpful. 
  • Strong field acumen, with an ability to maintain a positive attitude when working long days under inhospitable field conditions.  Proficiency with radio-telemetry and GPS technology, experience with camera traps, and training and experience in the safe capture and handling of animals desired. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.  
  • Valid driver’s license and excellent driving record.    


Salary $20K/year through a combination of research and teaching assistantships + excellent fringe benefits package and tuition waiver.     

To apply

Interested students should prepare an electronic application that includes: 1) a cover letter concisely articulating your background, experience, research and education interests, and career goals, 2) C.V., 3) unofficial copies of college transcripts and GRE scores (taken within last 5 years), and 4) name, position, affiliation and contact information for three professional references.  The application should be submitted, preferably as a single PDF document, by email to Dr. Jacqueline Frair ( and Dr. Paul Jensen (  For optimal consideration, application materials should be received by 20 April 2018 although the position will remain open until filled.