Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

Graduate students may receive a paid research or teaching assistantship during the course of their degree program. Each assistantship has a set number of hours associated with it, either at 0.33 FTE (no more than 13.2 work hours per week; 9 hours of tuition remission per semester) or 0.49 FTE (no more than 19.6 work hours per week; 12 hours of tuition remission per semester). Graduate Assistants are considered employees, and their work assignments are normally independent of their graduate program. Advisers/supervisors are to discuss their expectations with the students; total work hours are not to exceed the limit set by their FTE. If the graduate assistant is not meeting expectations, they may lose their assistantship, but may continue on their degree program. A student must be on the assistantship for the full semester in order to receive the benefits. If you are ready to apply for our graduate program, visit the Office of Graduate Studies website to learn about the process and get started today. Note: you do not have to be accepted prior to visiting.


Available Assistantships at the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit:


M.Sc. Assistantships: Urban Social-ecological Dynamics

Position title: Graduate Research Assistants (x2)

Project: Urban Social-ecological Dynamics

Job description: We are seeking two graduate students (M.Sc. level) to understand social-ecological dynamics in urban systems. To date, most research in urban systems aims to understand ecological responses (tangentially in relation to anthropogenic disturbances). The successful applicants will therefore focus on coupled social-ecological responses and feedbacks, with a greater emphasis on human behavior. For example, how does a diverse human population respond to ecological diversity? Our research labs use recreational fisheries as a model social-ecological system to understand spatial and temporal dynamics among angler populations and aquatic systems. We expect students to develop research questions that interest them and that will address current social-ecological problems and challenges within urban environments. As such, this is an exciting opportunity for cross-disciplinary research that will directly improve conservation and management efforts of an understudied system. Students are expected to work closely with agency, academic, and general public entities. Individuals are encouraged to leverage large and diverse existing data sets to complement their efforts. These positions will be co-advised by Mark Kaemingk and Kevin Pope at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln within the School of Natural Resources and Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.

Qualifications: Productive and creative individuals are encouraged to apply. This project would especially suit individuals with interests in human ecology, fisheries, metapopulation dynamics, dispersal, geographic information systems, modeling, human dimensions, and other subject areas within a social-ecological framework. Applicants must hold a valid driver’s license, pass a university drivers background check, and meet minimum GRE requirements (Verbal: 153; Quantitative: 149; Written: 4.0).

Start date: January or May 2020

Last date to apply: Open until filled

To apply: Please create a single document containing a 1) brief letter of interest, 2) CV, 3) unofficial transcripts, 4) unofficial GRE scores, and 5) a list of three references and their contact information. The file name should include the first and last name of the applicant. Send the file electronically to Dr. Mark Kaemingk and Dr. Kevin Pope  with “MSc Assistantship” in the subject line.


Employment opportunities

As we receive notices of job announcements and graduate student opportunities in the areas of wildlife, fisheries, and natural resources, they will be posted below. Additional job postings may be found at the Texas A&M Job website, keyword Nebraska in Search Job Board Database.


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