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Prospective graduate students — Send a single pdf that includes a letter of interest outlining your research interests and goals, current CV, GPA, GRE scores, and degree(s) to Dr. Manning (jeff.manning«at»

Below, see posted new graduate student opportunities

Prospective undergraduate researchers, interns, and temporary biological assistants — Send a single pdf that includes a letter of interest outlining your research interests and goals, current CV to Dr. Manning (jeff.manning«at»

Interested in applying for an advertised position? — see below for open positions and directions for applying.

Temporary Field Assistant Opportunities


Closed — April 2019 — WSU undergraduates, the lab has a paid wildlife research field position available this summer in the Southern Sierras of California. This position will involve installing and maintaining wildlife trail cameras in natural and restored riparian forests to detect mammals as part of a larger study on avian and mammal responses to habitat restoration in California’s Kern River Valley. This position is funded at half-time (20 hrs/week) for 12 weeks at an hourly wage of $12.00/hr. Field housing is provided with the Southern Sierra Research Station/Audubon Kern River Preserve. Dates: May 27 – August 9. A personal vehicle is necessary to get to the area and for personal errands – the nearest town is Lake Isabella. Riding a bicycle will also be helpful to get around and access field sites. There will also be opportunities to volunteer with local avian ecologists during off hours to survey for threatened and endangered birds. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Dr. Jeff Manning ( by May 5th.

New Graduate Student Opportunities


Number of applications received for the positions that closed January 31, 2019.

Closed — January 6, 2019 — 2 M.S. Assistantship positions in avian and carnivore ecology.

Available Positions: Washington State University’s new Quantitative Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Lab within The School of the Environment is recruiting 2 new Master’s degree students to begin 2019 (Summer or Fall semester). One student will join an ongoing study in collaboration with the Southern Sierra Research Station ( that focuses on avian responses to multi-state habitat components in restored and natural riparian systems in the Kern River Valley, California. This position will involve a strong field component, and include analyzing a 5-yr dataset from point counts, nest monitoring, spot-mapping, and vegetation monitoring. The other student will begin a newly developed study to predict the distribution and habitat associations of apex and meso-carnivores in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in California. This project will involve site-occupancy sampling and modeling, with extensive data collection using trail camera arrays.

Location: Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Salary: Both students will be supported for two years by a combination of research and teaching assistantships, which include a 9-month academic year stipend ($17,400) plus summer salary, full tuition, and benefits.


  • B.S. degree in biology, ecology, wildlife science, or related field.
  • Strong quantitative abilities (e.g., calculus and/or statistics coursework and GRE Quantitative Reasoning scores).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully work independently and in a team-oriented environment.

To applySubmit a single pdf that includes a cover letter summarizing your qualifications, current CV, unofficial college transcripts, GRE scores, and the names and contact information for three references to Dr. Jeff Manning at jeff.manning«at» Applications will be reviewed in the order received.