We seek a project coordinator for an interdisciplinary team working to 
integrate biological, ecological, and sociological aspects of deer research and 
management in Indiana. The successful applicant will facilitate collaboration 
and communication among Purdue University students, staff and faculty and state 
agency partners working on the project team, as well as user groups and private 
landowners. The incumbent will communicate regularly with team members and 
organize/convene meetings to update personnel on progress and success of field 
work; make judgments as to the suitability of the particular field sites for 
research activities; and coordinate field activities with graduate student 
researchers, private landowners and public land managers. The project 
coordinator will supervise a field research coordinator, obtain access to field 
sites, conduct and oversee implementation of field sampling of deer and 
vegetation, and provide oversight for quality analysis/control associated with 
collection of field data. Responsibilities also include hiring and logistics 
for summer hourly employees, working closely with graduate student researchers 
and faculty investigators to organize and archive tabular and geospatial data, 
and participation in some department-led extension activities.

The position is budgeted for 3+ years with an anticipated start date of 1 July 

Required qualifications include a M.S. degree in field ecology, wildlife 
science, zoology, biology, or related discipline, as well as experience with 
field research, preferably with deer and vegetation sampling methods such as 
camera trapping, fecal pellet counts, browse transects and aerial surveys, and 
demonstrated experience working outdoors under a variety of weather conditions. 
Preferred qualifications include experience with white-tailed deer, hunting and 
hunters, chainsaws, fence construction, tree planting, and 4-wheel drive 
vehicles, as well as supervisory experience of both individuals and teams.

To apply online, please visit: 
All applicants must apply online via the Purdue Careers site in order to be 
considered. Review of materials will begin 26 February. Additional questions 
may be directed to Rob Swihart at 

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer.  All individuals, including 
minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to 

About Purdue: Purdue is a land-grant university of over 40,000 students and 
ranked the 5th best public university in the U.S. Located in West Lafayette, 
Indiana, Purdue is an easy drive from Indianapolis and Chicago. The Department 
of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) is housed administratively in the 
College of Agriculture (#8 world ranking), emphasizes interdisciplinary 
approaches across a broad spectrum of natural resource sciences, and offers 
vibrant, nationally ranked graduate programs in wildlife and ecology. The West 
Lafayette-Lafayette area is home to a diverse community of 174,000, with good 
schools, safe neighborhoods, over 40 parks and extensive trail systems, active 
Farmers Markets, and year-long community festivals and art events.

Rob Swihart
Professor of Wildlife Ecology
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2033
PH: 765-494-3575
Web Page: http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~rswihart/Swihart/

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