This position will be housed at the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) through the Department of Pathology. The Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) is a state and federal, cooperative wildlife health research unit in the Department of Population Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia (UGA). As a regional cooperative, SCWDS is involved in diverse projects, including wildlife mortality investigations, pathogen surveillance, and a variety of basic and applied wildlife health research projects.
SCWDS is seeking applications for a student worker position to support SCWDS research activities. The position will include up to 20 hours/week during the summer semester (May-July 2023) and 5-10 hours per week during the fall semester (August-December 2023) . Primary duties for this position will center on animal husbandry and laboratory techniques supporting a research project with wild turkeys. The primary duties will involve daily scheduled visits to colony-housed turkeys to refill food and water containers, maintain a clean environment, and monitor animal activity. As time permits, additional tasks may include assisting in weekly turkey handling and sampling, laboratory processing of research samples, reviewing remote recordings for behavior changes, scribing during postmortem examination, assistance with clerical activities, and report and data preparation. Again, if time permits, the person in this position may occasionally assist faculty and staff during laboratory processing of diagnostic or research samples or special projects.
Interested candidates should contact Chloe Goodwin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Nicole Nemeth (email@example.com). Position open until filled.
The student must demonstrate a willingness to learn and receive direction, as well as an enthusiasm and interest in conservation and wildlife health. No prior experience is required, although animal handling and basic laboratory experience is preferred. Ability to travel to enclosures (approximately 2 miles distance from SCWDS on UGA’s main campus) by personal vehicle or bus is required.