We are seeking four (4) 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 field research team will consist of one graduate student, one research coordinator, and four technicians. Two (2) highly-motivated and independent technicians are needed to start November 30th to start making contacts with collaborators and landowners, and to help prepare for the rest of the field crew to arrive. Two (2) other technicians will then arrive to start work on January 3rd. Technicians will gain extensive experience in capturing adult deer and fawns, collaring adults with GPS collars and fawns with VHF collars, deploying vaginal implant transmitters, tracking fawns, investigating mortalities, and deploying and monitoring camera traps. Technicians will also collect morphometric data, and samples of blood, saliva, feces, and urine. Capture methods for deer on this project include rocket nets, drop nets, clover traps, and chemical immobilization by use of dart projectors. Private contractors will also be net gunning deer from helicopters and technicians will participate in ground operations of helicopter capture.
Because we are researching and working in areas with high concentrations of CWD prions, there will be many 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 ample opportunity to network with local landowners, professionals from the University of Georgia, and staff from Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
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 meet the physical demands of the northern Arkansas landscape (i.e., steep, rugged terrain), and work irregular hours during the day and/or night. 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 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 private landowners is also desired.
How to apply:
Last Date to Apply: Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the positions are open until filled.
To apply, submit the following documents into a single PDF document and send to Marcelo Jorge at email@example.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, along with when you can start fieldwork (i.e., November 30 or January 3).
3. At least three professional references (be sure to include those from past ungulate work, if applicable).
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org