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Masters Research Assistantship

Population status and threats to the Red-Crowned Parrot in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas


  • June 2016 – June 2018
  • (2 years guaranteed extension possible)

Job Description:

  • One graduate assistantship will be available starting June or July 2016 to work on determining the population status and threats to the Red-Crowned Parrot (Amazona viridigenalis) in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Research will include a mix of field activities (locating roost and nests, counting birds at roosts, and determining the range of the species), GIS analysis (Maxent modelling, land use land cover analysis, range mapping, etc), and building a network of citizen science collaborators. Experience with both field work and GIS are very strongly recommended. Students will enroll in an MS degree program in Texas A&M in College Station and spend significant time (>7 months) resident in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

To Apply:

  • Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV/Resume, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores and contact information for three professional references to Donald J. Brightsmith and Janice Boyd at Texas A&M University. Review of applications will begin on August 1st and continue until suitable candidate is found.


  • Applicants should have a B.S. in Wildlife, Biology, Conservation Biology or related field with a combined GPA of 3.0 or higher (or equivalent).
  • Experience with field studies and GIS is required.
  • Strong social skills are also a must.
  • Interest in and previous experience with parrots is desirable.
  • Excellent written and spoken English mandatory, Spanish language skills a plus.
  • Location: Texas A&M College Station and the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas.

Number of openings:

  • 1