MESOPREDATOR ECOLOGY TEMPORARY RESEARCH ASSISTANT-South Carolina

Agency
UGA Savannah River Ecology Lab
Location
Aiken, SC
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
$11.00/hour; Housing Not Provided
Start Date
07/15/2018
Last Date to Apply
07/02/2018
Website
https://srel.uga.edu/
Description
The Savannah River Ecology Lab is looking to hire one temporary research technician from the end of July/ beginning of August 2018 – April 2019 to assist with field research being conducted at the Savannah River Site, Aiken, SC. The technician will primarily work on a USDA funded project aimed at quantifying the ecological factors affecting the success of rabies elimination programs in the Southeastern US. As part of this study the technician will work in close collaboration with other students, postdocs, faculty and agency personnel to: (a) trap, sedate, and collect biological samples (e.g., blood and tissue) from trapped individuals (raccoons and opossums); (b) deploy GPS collars on the mesopredators; (c) quantify the levels of rabies vaccine bait uptake by mesopredators using placebo baits incorporating the biomarker Rhodamine-B; (d) track opossums and raccoons via radio telemetry on the ground and by helicopter. Other duties include data entry/organization and general lab work while at the Savannah River Ecology Lab.
Qualifications
Qualifications: Minimum qualifications for this position include a B.S. degree in wildlife ecology, ecology, or a related discipline, and a valid U.S. driver’s license. We are looking for a self-motivated, responsible, and enthusiastic individual who is eager to learn new skills. Technician will need to be organized, reliable, and comfortable working alone. Must be able to work in all weather conditions including hot, humid, and rainy weather. Must be able to tolerate biting and stinging insects (e.g., wasps, spiders, and ants) and moderate hiking up to 6+ miles a day over uneven terrain carrying a heavy pack and/or traps for multiple days at a time. While prior experience in trapping and handling wildlife, specifically mesopredators, is a plus, it is not required. Applicants that have been vaccinated for rabies are preferred, however, we will cover the cost of the vaccination sequence if necessary. Additionally, field experience conducting radio telemetry will be considered a plus. SREL is located on the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site in Aiken, South Carolina. A security clearance will be required. Applicants must be able to pass a background investigation. Further information: The main faculty involved in the project include Prof. Olin E. Rhodes, Jr, Dr. Guha Dharmarajan and Dr. Jim Beasley. Details on their lab groups can be found at can be found at https://srel.uga.edu/directory/faculty/. Details on the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory can be found at https://srel.uga.edu/. Details on the University of Georgia can be found at www.uga.edu How to Apply: Please email cover letter, resume, and contact information of 3 references to Guha Dharmarajan (guha@srel.uga.edu) Screening of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. Screening of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
Contact Person
Guha Dharmarajan
Contact eMail
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