White-tailed Deer Research Technicians

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Posting NumberG/R09966PWorking TitleWhite-tailed Deer Research TechniciansDepartmentWarnell AD ResearchAbout the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (http://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/DepartmentCollege/Unit/Department websiteEmployment TypeEmployeeAdditional Schedule Information

40 hours per week. Schedule to be determined by supervisor

Advertised Salary$10.25 per hourAnticipated Start Date11/30/2020Posting Date09/08/2020Closing DateOpen Until FilledYesSpecial Instructions to ApplicantsLocation of VacancyOutside Georgia EOO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

Duties/Responsibilities

Please approximate the percentage of time spent on each task (out of 100%) during a typical work week. List these tasks in order of importance, with the most critical task coming first. Do not list more than 6 entries – do not go below 5% time per assigned duty.

Duties/Responsibilities

Deer capture

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Deer tracking

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Data entry and management

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Classification TitleTemporary Technical ParaprofessionalFLSANon-ExemptUGA Job CodeJob FamilyFTE1.00Minimum QualificationsPosition Summary

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.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification in Position

Bachelor’s degree in wildlife management, biology, zoology, natural resource management, or a related field is required.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

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. Previous experience gathering scientific data and the ability to work well in a team. 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.

Physical Demands

Hiking in rough terrain, sitting and standing for long periods of time, working variable shifts/schedules. Tolerate biting insects and venomous snakes. Driving 4×4 vehicles.
Working irregular hours during the day and/or night.

Is this a Position of Trust?YesDoes this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? NoDoes this position require a P-Card? NoIs having a P-Card an essential function of this position? NoIs driving a requirement of this position?YesDoes this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?NoDoes this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)NoPosting Specific Questions

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    Posted: 9/15/2020
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