White-tailed Deer Research Technicians (3)

Agency
Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, University of Georgia
Location
Northern Arkansas
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
$11.50/hr plus field housing
Start Date
12/31/2021
Last Date to Apply
11/05/2021
Description
Description: We are seeking three (3) white-tailed deer research technicians for participation in a deer research project funded by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The project will investigate population-level impacts of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) of white-tailed deer in northern Newton and Searcy counties. The research team will consist of one graduate student, one research coordinator, and four technicians. Technicians will gain extensive experience in capturing adult deer and fawns, collaring adults with GPS collars and fawns with VHF collars, investigating mortalities, tracking fawns, and monthly monitoring and maintenance of camera traps. Captured deer will also receive ear tags and morphometric and biological tissue samples will be collected. Capture methods for deer on this project include rocket nets, drop nets, clover traps, and chemical immobilization by use of dart projectors. Because we are researching and working in areas with high concentrations of CWD prions, there will be precautions taken in order to minimize transmission of prions by field crews to different research sites. Such precautions will be using field equipment in designated areas instead of using equipment at multiple sites, carrying boot bath equipment in trucks, etc. This position will provide opportunity to network with local landowners, professionals from the University of Georgia, and staff from Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Last Date to Apply: Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the positions are open until filled. Start Date: 12/31/2021 End date: 07/31/2022
Qualifications
Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in wildlife management, biology, zoology, natural resource management, or a related field is required. The ability to live in close-quarters with a small crew, while maintaining a professional demeanor towards university personnel, Arkansas GFC employees, and the public is necessary. Must be able to work irregular hours and meet the physical demands of the northern Arkansas landscape, such as hiking through rugged terrain with 50lbs for long periods of time. Previous experience gathering scientific data and the ability to work well in a team is required. All applicants must have a valid U.S. driver’s license, clean driving record, and the ability to drive 4x4 vehicles. Must be able to tolerate biting insects, ticks, and venomous snakes. Preferred Qualifications: Previous experience working with ungulates, especially with capture using the above methods and tracking of deer is preferred. Experience with camera traps and working in bio-secure environments is also desirable. Experience working with the public is also desired. How to apply: To apply, submit the following documents into a single PDF document and send to Dana Jarosinski at arkansasdeerstudy@gmail.com. Name your PDF file as “LastName_FirstName_CWD”. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until filled. Incomplete applications, or applications not submitted as described may be rejected. 1. Cover letter describing your experience and how it relates to this position as described above. 2. Resume/CV. 3. At least three professional references (be sure to include those from past ungulate work, if applicable).
Contact Person
Dana Jarosinski
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