Minimum Requirements:

Applicants must meet the OSU Graduate School minimum requirements for admission (found at: Qualified applicants will have a bachelor’s degree in fisheries, wildlife, biology, ecology, or a related field by the expected start date. This position requires strong verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to effectively collaborate with agency stakeholders. Demonstrated commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion is imperative. The Oregon CRU and its partner agencies are dedicated to supporting the diverse needs of its students and employees. Applicants from historically excluded groups (e.g., Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, LGBTQ+, women, first-generation college students, and those from under-served communities) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Desired Skills:

The ideal candidate will have some experience analyzing data using statistical programs like R and ArcGIS. They will have a demonstrated ability to collaborate with a variety of stakeholders to achieve a common goal. Previous experience working with species of concern and/or ESA-listed species will be advantageous.

To Apply:

Please prepare a copy of your CV, unofficial transcripts, contact information for three references, and a one-page cover letter expressing your interest in the position. Please use the file naming convention: Last name_First initial_Document type for all necessary application materials. Send to Dr. Jim Peterson ( and Dr. Melanie Davis ( with the subject line “Species of Greatest Conservation Need MS Assistantship.” We will begin reviewing applications on February 1, 2021 and the selected applicant will be invited to apply to the OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (deadline July 1, 2021).

Contact: Dr. Jim Peterson (, Dr. Melanie Davis (

Start Date: September 22, 2021
Last Date to Apply: February 28, 2021