M.S. Assistantship: Prairie fish habitat associations

Description: The Walters Lab at the University of Wyoming Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit is seeking applications for a funded master’s student (12-month stipend of $2000/month plus benefits & tuition waiver). The student will lead a project examining spatial and temporal variation in fish and mussel distributions in an intermittent prairie stream. Field techniques will include seining, backpack electrofishing, managing environmental sensors (temperature loggers, etc.), and stream habitat measurements.


The successful candidate will work closely with Wyoming Game and Fish Department and local landowners. The successful candidate will also oversee study design, field technician hiring and supervision, data management and analysis, and preparation of manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication.


The Walters Lab is committed to increasing the representation of traditionally excluded groups and fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive research lab here at the University of Wyoming. The University of Wyoming values a wide range of cultural perspectives, experiences, and opinions that are important for educational excellence and critical for preparing students for future success (http://www.uwyo.edu/diversity/_files/odei-strategicplan2018-r5.pdf).


To apply: Please send (via email attachment) the following materials (ideally aggregated in one file) to Annika Walters ([email protected]): 1) Letter articulating interest in the project and highlighting relevant experience, 2) a CV, 3) names/contact info for three references, and 4) transcript with GPA.  Candidates should not initially submit a complete application package to the university unless contacted to do so. Review of applications will begin 16 February 2024 and continue until filled.

Prairie stream sampling