RESEARCH TECHNICIAN III
Job Summary Participate in investigations of the ecology of ticks and tick-borne pathogens, as well as other disease agents and parasites in wildlife. This person will assist with conducting field and laboratory studies for these investigations and assist with logistical arrangements. Primary duties will be capture and or collection of wildlife, tick field collections, acquisition of biomedical specimens and ecological data, supportive lab work including sorting and identification of ticks under a microscope, office work, and record keeping. Field methods used will include nonlethal and lethal collection of wildlife (mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians) for collection of biomedical specimens and ectoparasites. Field methods also will include the use of tick drags and tick traps. Additional duties will include record keeping, specimen sorting, specimen processing, specimen identification, entry of data into a data base, equipment and vehicle maintenance, and contact with agencies, private landowners and other cooperators. Field work will involve extensive walking, handling of traps, and handling of wildlife. Conditions will include rough terrain, inclement weather, and unusual work hours including both day and/or night work. Qualifications include the ability to use firearms, off-road vehicles including 4x4 vehicles, and various wildlife capture techniques. Basic computer skills also are necessary. Extensive travel within the southeastern United States will be required. A neat and professional appearance and attitude must be maintained as this person will have frequent contact with agency personnel and the public. Minimum Qualifications Bachelor's degree and no experience or equivalent combination required. Area-specific certification may be required and training will be provided as appropriate (i.e. UGA HazMat training).