Wildlife Health Technician: Central and Eastern KY

KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Central and Eastern KY
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is seeking to hire a seasonal wildlife health field technician to assist with multiple disease surveillance projects. This is a 9 month position starting June 15th, 2022 to March 15th, 2023. Duties will include: • Performing routine laboratory diagnostics including: abomasal worm counts and manual WBC differential counts • Diagnostic sample collection from wildlife, performing diagnostic assays, chronic wasting disease sampling, tick collection, and tick dragging • Diagnostic sample handling, submissions, and shipment • Performing necropsies and other procedures to diagnose wildlife diseases • Data collection, entry, and management • Setting, maintaining, and checking mosquito traps 2 to 3 days a week. • Participation in wildlife captures and health assessments and collection samples for disease surveillance and diagnosis • Assist wildlife management area biologists/staff with projects as necessary • Contacting landowners and interacting with the public in a professional manner • Requires a significant amount driving to field sites across central and eastern Kentucky This is a seasonal position, up to 37.5 hours/week at $12.22/hour. Questions or to be considered for this position, please submit resume, cover letter, and references to christine.casey@ky.gov
- Have obtained or be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in biology, wildlife ecology, or a related field. - Valid U.S. driver's license and clean driving record. - Authorization to work in the United States. - Strong communication skills and ability to work independently or as a member of a team. - Have great attention to detail when working with animals and collecting data. - Comfortable potentially living in shared quarters with other technicians and able to maintain clean living spaces. - Experience and comfort navigating with maps, compasses, and handheld GPS units. - Able to withstand the rigors of field work (hot/humid conditions, walking long distances over rugged terrain, able to lift up to 30 pounds, “buggy” conditions, early mornings and long days, flexible schedules because of weather, etc) Preferred Qualifications: Laboratory experience, mosquito trapping, firearms, operating 4-wheel drive vehicles, and collecting biologic samples. Experience entering and proofing data and proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Google apps.
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Dr. Christine Casey
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