Research Associate

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 080300 - FWRC-Wildlife,Fisheries&Aquaculture
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Salary Grade/Salary Minimum:

13/Minimum:  33,400 

Department Profile:

The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture has ~30 faculty, ~60 graduate students, and 7 administrative support staff (excluding extension and research support personnel). The Department has extensive extension, research, education and service programs in wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture. The Center for Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts is housed within the Department and conducts research, extension, and education programs in invasive and exotic species, damage mitigation, and other aspects of human-wildlife conflict resolution. For additional information see, and

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be responsible for providing overall coordination for this project. The candidate will work with the Principal Investigators and sponsors to coalesce a project steering committee that will provide technical guidance throughout the project. The candidate will provide oversight for administration and supervision of minimally two employees, and take leadership in communication with partners and delegation of efforts to acquire geospatial elements of forest protection plans. Under the leadership of the candidate, the team will compile geospatial elements of plans, programs and initiatives that target forest retention into a comprehensive map of future extent and location of protected forests in the Southeast. The candidate will lead the project team in developing a rubric to classify forest plans and initiatives by likelihood of implementation, and run a GAP analysis to determine areas of potential gaps in future forest connectivity. Finally, the candidate will use GCPO LCC spatial data products that prioritize forest lands with high potential value for conservation, as well as future predictions of landscape change to identify areas where future forest retention and restoration plans will maximize ecosystem integrity. The candidate will lead the project team in all aspects of data management and analyses, writing of reports and publications, and distribution of data via existing web mapping applications.

The level of appointment and/or rank and salary will be commensurate with the individual's qualifications, background and experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Bachelor's Degree in natural resource/wildlife/forest management, conservation planning, or related field. Candidate should be highly motivated with the ability to work independently. The successful candidate should have skills in the following: GIS, team work and scientific writing. Valid state driver's license required. 

Preferred Qualifications:

M.S in natural resource/wildlife/forest management, conservation planning, or related field. The candidate should have experience communication with a variety of conservation partners, and familiarity with the Southeast U.S. conservation landscape.  A solid understanding of advanced geospatial concepts is preferred.  A strong background in team leadership, partner collaboration, and working independently is also preferred. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of and experience in program coordination as well as using a GIS, data management, statistical analyses, and scientific writing. 

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

Ability to perform routine office work and frequent travel to collaborator meetings may be required. 

Restricted Clause:

Contingent upon continued availability of funding. 

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must apply online at and attach a cover letter, resume and complete contact information for at least three professional references. For additional information please e-mail to

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by 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.

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