Wildlife Technician (2 positions) – New York

Agency
West Virginia University
Location
Fort Drum Military Installation, NY
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
$1600/Month, 40 Hours per Week, Housing is Provided
Last Date to Apply
03/01/2019
Description
Dates of Employment: Early-May through Mid-August 2019 The technicians will assist with ongoing West Virginia University research, in collaboration with the Fort Dum Fish and Wildlife Branch, to assess tick abundance and Lyme disease on Fort Drum Military Installation, along with how these factors relate to community ecology and habitat characteristics. We hope to mitigate Lyme disease risk for both troops and their families at Fort Drum using the results of this study. Fort Drum Military Installation is located in northern New York, between the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Ontario, in an area referred to as the Thousand Islands Region. Fort Drum is home of the 10th Mountain Division of the army, and there are roughly 14,000 active duty troops, 18,500 family members, and 4,500 civilians at Fort Drum. Housing for the position is located in Remington Park on Fort Drum, which provides camping, hiking, swimming, playgrounds, and other recreational opportunities. For this research, the technicians will be required to flag for ticks, collect mast samples, trap small mammals, collect habitat data, maintain camera traps, record GPS locations, process collected ticks for analysis, and enter and manage collected data. The technicians may also have the opportunity to assist with bird mist netting and weasel trapping. This position will work as part of a 4-person team, but some individual tasks may be assigned. We have two openings for technicians that will perform the same tasks.
Qualifications
Must have a valid state driver’s license, pass a background check and qualify for entry into Fort Drum. Must have the ability to work alone and as part of a team, ability to work in the field, and attention to detail. We would prefer experience with flagging for ticks, trapping small mammals, collecting mast samples, using GPS units, managing datasets, and measuring habitat variables, but the above skills can be taught. A bachelor’s degree in Wildlife, Ecology, Biology, or a related field is preferred, but exceptional undergraduate students will be considered. To work in this position, you must receive (or be up to date on) the pre-exposure rabies vaccination and be fitted to wear a respirator. West Virginia University will cover the cost of these safety measures. While applications are due on March 1, 2019, they will be reviewed as they are received. To Apply: Submit a Cover Letter and a CV highlighting qualifications and relevant experience to LPrice@mix.wvu.edu
Contact Person
Lucas Price
Contact eMail
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