The Pennsylvania Game Commission seeks one wildlife biologist aide for one, 5- to 9-month term, negotiable, not to exceed 1,559 paid hours to assist with field surveillance of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in southcentral Pennsylvania.
Primary duties (60-90% of time) are to
(1) use an agency-provided vehicle to travel a route 2-5 days per week among multiple locations in portions of an 11-county area to collect heads of white-tailed deer harvested by hunters and deposited in collection containers;
(2) collect lymph node and obex tissues 2-5 days per week from white-tailed deer heads;
(3) accurately and precisely record and enter CWD sample data in an iPad tablet; and
(4) assist with collection of biological and hunter data from hunter-harvested black bears at check stations in November and December.
Deer heads to be sampled will be a combination of road-killed and hunter-harvested deer. Experience extracting these tissues or experience with scalpels and forceps preferred, but not required. Training and tools will be provided.
Employee staffs a CWD extraction station in Martinsburg, Blair County, Newville, Cumberland County, and/or Beavertown, Snyder County during rifle deer hunting season in early December.
Daily work may involve up to 250 miles of driving. A state vehicle will be provided. Experience driving 4-wheel-drive vehicles in snow and ice recommended.
Additional work may include camera trapping in steep and rocky terrain, duck banding, winter turkey trapping, bat hibernacula surveys, surveillance of west Nile virus (mosquito trapping), bat trapping, and/or other duties as assigned.
MUST be able to tolerate putrid odors associated with dead animal carcasses.
Must establish a residence in Adams, Blair, Bedford, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Snyder, or Perry counties, and/or be willing to daily drive a personal vehicle to a reporting location in Martinsburg, Blair County; Huntingdon, Huntingdon County; or Beavertown, Snyder County.
Must be self-motivated, able to manage work time with a flexible schedule, willing to work long hours in adverse weather conditions, alone, and after dark. Some weekend and evening work will be required for bear check station operations.
Earned hours may not always total 40 hours per week: some weeks may be less than 40, but others may be more. Overtime (150% hourly rate) can be earned beyond 40 hours per week with supervisor approval. Retirement benefits accrue after 749 earned hours. No other benefits or paid holidays.
(1) cover letter;
(3) copy of transcripts (unofficial transcripts permitted) or list of relevant courses and GPA; and
(4) contact information for 3 professional references via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use email subject line “2020 Biologist Aide. Applications must be received by 13 October 2020.
Graduation from or currently enrolled in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program in wildlife management, ecology, biology, veterinary science, or related field. Be able to lift up to 50 lbs., and drag up to 150 lbs. up to 100 feet. Possess and use good interpersonal and public relations skills. Possess a current, valid driver’s license (e.g., class C Pennsylvania driver’s license); be a responsible driver. MUST be able to tolerate putrid odors associated with and handling of dead animal carcasses.