BUMP: Impacts of Oil & Gas Development - Scaled Quail Permian Basin

Sul Ross State University
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

Job Details

Instructions to applicants:

- One page cover letter
- Resume
- Unofficial academic transcripts
- 1 letter of recommendation
- Completed Sul Ross Employment Application

Job Title:

BUMP: Impacts of Oil & Gas Development - Scaled Quail Permian Basin




Borderlands Research Institute

Posting Date:


Until Filled:



$8/hr up to 20 hours per week


- Strong work ethic
- Must be able to hike long distances in adverse terrain
- Organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines
Must be willing to work independently and as part of a team
- Must be able to present findings at Sul Ross and at least one wildlife-related conference
- Must be a Texas resident
- Must be enrolled as a full time student
- GPA of

Staffing Reason:


Primary Responsibilities:

-Assist In checking funnel traps, sexing and aging birds, taking morphometric measurements, and attaching GPS backpacks
-Record data and activate GPS backpacks during funnel trap checks
-Help with night captures to retrieve data from backpacks
-Aid In radio telemetry efforts
-Design and execute a side project from collected data
-Attend monthly BUMP meetings, develop writing skills, and present project

Summer 2021 with potential to continue

-Private ranches near Crane, TX.
-Sul Ross Range Animal Science Center, Alpine, TX.

Other Information:

We are seeking an undergraduate student to assist in the data collection of a scaled quail project, focusing on the Impact of oil and gas development on quail ecology. The objectives of this project are to 1) determine habitat selection of scaled quail across different severity levels of oil and gas development and 2) assess whether survival of scaled quail ls affected by the Intensity of oil and gas development. The student worker will assist In funnel trapping scaled quail across a control site, medium well density site and high well density site. They will also assist In attaching GPS transmitter backpacks to trapped birds to obtain their day-to-day movement patterns.

This project is part of the Borderlands Research Institute Undergraduate Mentorship Program (BUMP). The focus of BUMP is to better prepare undergraduate students for serving in the industry. This mentorship job includes participating in projects overseen by graduate students and university faculty. In addition to carrying out project duties, undergraduate students will attend monthly BUMP meetings, develop effective writing skills, and present their projects over the course of their project term. BUMP provides students the skills to enter their future with confidence by engaging In hands-on projects, managing their project, and developing rapport with mentors, faculty, and resource professionals. learn more about BUMP and past projects, https://bri.sulross.edu/about-bri/undergraduate-assistants/

It is the policy of Sul Ross State University to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons in accordance with their individual, job related qualifications and without consideration of race, creed, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or ancestry. Equal employment opportunities shall be afforded in all personnel actions or decisions including but not necessarily limited to, recruitment, hiring, training, upgrading, promotion, demotion, termination, and salary. Retaliation is prohibited against a person who opposes a discriminatory practice, files a charge, testifies, assists or participates in an investigative proceeding or hearing.

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Working at Sul Ross State University

Called "Possibly the most underrated little university west of the Mississippi" by CBS's Dan Rather, Sul Ross State University in West Texas boasts a combination of small class sizes, an appreciation of both fine arts and the sciences and popular professional programs in a relaxed, friendly environment.

Who Is Sul Ross? Where is Sul Ross?
The university's name honors Lawrence Sullivan "Sul" Ross, the son of a pioneer Waco, Texas, family and a popular soldier, governor, educator and humanitarian. Founded in 1917 as a teacher college, Sul Ross continues to offer teacher education as one of its most popular programs. Others in high demand are business, criminal justice and agricultural and natural resource sciences. Sul Ross achieved university status in 1969.

The university, comprising 647 acres in Alpine, Texas, boasts a beautiful 93-acre main campus of exquisitely-detailed buildings and enjoys perhaps the most temperate climate in the state. Its situation in the Davis Mountains overlooks the center of the city below, yet it remains within easy reach of many local stores and restaurants. The university also has a 468-acre working ranch that serves its animal science programs.

Located in Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Uvalde, the Middle Rio Grande Campuses offer upper level and graduate courses.  Our professors provide hands on learning in ways that relate to our students and their passion for higher education.  Courses are accessible via interactive television, online learning communities, and face to face classes

Sul Ross State University is part of The Texas State University System, the largest college system in the state after the University of Texas and Texas A&M systems.

A Small Size, But Plenty to Do
With an enrollment of about 2,000 students on the main campus in Alpine, class sizes are small, guaranteeing a much higher level of personal attention from instructors and the university's support staff. But there's plenty for students to do in their free time: lots of student clubs and organizations, a thriving arts community and a strong athletic tradition.

The SRSU men's basketball team won the conference championship five times in the past 20 years, including the 1999 American Southwest Conference championship. The women's basketball team has also won five conference championships and played in eight national playoffs, even making it to the Final Four.

Similarly, the Lobos football and baseball teams have won five conference titles each in the past 20 years, including American Southwest Conference championships in the late 1990s. The Lady Lobos volleyball team has won nine conference championships in all.

Rodeo is significant part of the Sul Ross program, and the university is the birthplace of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Many team members have gone on to become world champions, and 1951 graduate Harley May is a charter member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Hall of Fame.

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