1. Conduct field investigations of disease agents and parasites in
2. Maintain field equipment and vehicles. (5%)
3. Maintain inventory of field supplies. (5%)
4. Sort, process and submit specimens and laboratory/microscope
processing of specimens. (10%)
5. Assist with data entry and processing. (5%)
6. Initiate field surveillance and research activities as directed by the
principal investigator. (5%)
7. Initiate and maintain good working relations with cooperating
agencies and individuals and maintain the professional image and
credibility of SCWDS. (5%)
Work Description/Performance Plan
Participate in investigations of the ecology of disease agents and parasites in wildlife in relation to wildlife, domestic animal, and public health, and participate in disease control and management programs. This person will assist in the development of protocols for field investigations and assist with logistical arrangements for and conduct field studies. Primary duties will be capture and or collection of wildlife, insect collections, acquisition of biomedical specimens and ecological data, supportive lab work including sorting of insects under a microsope, office work, and record keeping. Field methods used will include lethal collection of wildlife for collection of biomedical specimens and live capture, handling, and examination of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Field methods also will include the use of insect traps, tick drags and tick traps. Additional duties will include record keeping, specimen sorting, specimen processing, specimen submission, entry of data into a data base, equipment and vehicle maintenance, and contact with agencies, private landowners and other cooperators. Field work will involve extensive walking, handling of traps, and handling of wildlife. Conditions will include rough terrain, inclement weather, and unusual work hours including both day and/or night work. Qualifications include the ability to use firearms, off-road vehicles including 4x4 vehicles, mist nets, traps, and a netgun. Basic computer skills also are necessary. Extensive travel within the southeastern United States and potentially foreign countries will be required. A neat and profession appearance and attitude must be maintained as this person will have frequent contact with agency personnel and the public.
Education, Experience, Licensure,
BS degree in wildlife biology or related field and one year experience with collection and/or capture and handling of free-ranging wildlife.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or
Competencies required to successfully
Experience in the capture and handling of free-ranging wildlife. Ability to use firearms, off-road vehicles including 4x4 vehicles, mist nets, traps, and a netgun. Basic microscope and computer skills also are necessary.
MS degree in wildlife biology or related field and one year experience with collection and/or capture and handling of free-ranging wildlife.
Level of Independent Activity:
Activities and decisions are varied in nature, requiring independent action and judgment in solving common problems. Unusual cases or questionable matters are resolved with this position's supervisor or other appropriate positions.
Ability to work long hours at day or night in adverse field conditions. Ability to walk long distances, carry loads, conduct physical labor, and handle free-ranging wildlife. Ability to manipulate specimens under a dissecting microscope.