There are currently 3 available seasonal positions (240 hours max – 6 weeks) located in Eastern Kansas.
These positions are being employed to study Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) prevalence among white-tailed deer in Eastern Kansas. These positions will work alongside KDWPT and University of Missouri personnel to gather specimens from hunter harvested and road-killed white-tailed deer. This data will be used to estimate CWD prevalence among white-tailed deer in the region.
The incumbents will be expected to have a background in wildlife biology, some experience on how to collect and handle biological specimens, read aerial maps, handheld devices, legal descriptions, and experience operating a 4WD vehicle. Training will be provided on how to collect and handle biological specimen upon hire. The incumbents will have frequent contact with deer hunters, taxidermists, and other project cooperators. Incumbents will be expected to familiarize themselves with CWD in Kansas and may be required to answer questions or demonstrate lymph node collection in response to hunter inquiry. Incumbents will be expected to work with animal carcasses, blood, tissues, and instruments/preservatives required for sample collection. Additional duties within the scope of the research may be required.
Incumbent(s) will work 40 hours per week. Position will require weekend hours (including both weekends of the Kansas firearms deer season) and may require some overnight travel. Position will run from November 01 to December 14. End date is nonnegotiable.
Must be physically fit and be able to perform a variety of demanding tasks in a variety of outdoor settings and weather conditions. Must be able to work independently and as a team member. Required to be at least 18 years of age, US citizen or permanent resident, and possess a valid driver’s license. Preference will be given to students who are working towards a degree in wildlife biology or natural resources. Should be comfortable handling animal carcasses, blood, and tissues. Must be able to work independently and interact well with members of the public, cooperators, and KDWPT/University of Missouri staff.