SCWDS Research Technician

University of Georgia
April 01, 2023
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Posting Details

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Posting Number S09910P

Working Title SCWDS Research Technician Department VetMed-Wildlife Disease Study About the University of Georgia

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (https: // www. The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. 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 employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 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/Department College/Unit/Department website Posting Type External Retirement Plan TRS or ORP Employment Type Employee Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible Full/Part time Full Time Work Schedule Additional Schedule Information

M-F 8-5, travel required

Advertised Salary Commensurate with Experience Posting Date 02/15/2023 Open until filled Yes Closing Date Proposed Starting Date 04/01/2023 Special Instructions to Applicants Location of Vacancy Athens Area EEO Policy 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]).

Position Information

Classification Title Research Paraprofessional/Professional

FLSA Non-Exempt FTE 1.00 Minimum Qualifications

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications Position Summary

Participate in field investigations of disease agents and parasites in wildlife in relation to wildlife, domestic animal, and public health, and participate in disease control and management programs. Vectors and vector- borne diseases are of particular interest. Field methods used will include lethal collection of wildlife for collection of biological specimens, as well as live capture, handling, and examination of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Field collection of arthropods will include examination of wild animals, as well as the use of tick drags and tick traps. 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. Preferable qualifications include the ability to use firearms , off-road vehicles including 4×4 vehicles, mist nets, traps, and a net gun. In addition to active sampling for vectors, we will work with a network of collaborators to obtain ticks from wildlife. This work involves frequent contact with collaborators, excellent organizational skills, and coordination of tick collection kits. Laboratory duties will include microscopy for identification of vectors and use of molecular assays to confirm identification of vectors and testing of vectors for pathogens. Basic computer skills are necessary. Travel within the southeastern United States (especially Texas and Georgia) will be involved. Travel to foreign countries may be involved. Trips vary from one to three weeks in duration. Professionalism and positive attitude should be maintained because this person will have frequent contact with agency personnel and the public, which will help to maintain the professional image and credibility of SCWDS. BS degree in wildlife biology or related field and one year experience with collection and/or capture and handling of free-ranging wildlife and/or experience with molecular assays is required.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

  • Experience in the capture and handling of free-ranging wildlife.
  • Ability to use firearms, off-road vehicles including 4×4 vehicles, mist nets, traps, and a net gun.
  • Basic laboratory molecular techniques (PCR and sequencing analysis), basic microscope skills, and use of common computer programs.
  • Physical Demands

  • Work long hours at day or night in adverse field conditions.
  • Walk long distances, carry loads, conduct physical labor, and handle free- ranging wildlife.
  • Manipulate specimens under a dissecting microscope.
  • Driving as needed to perform job duties.
  • Is driving a responsibility of this position? Yes Is this a Position of Trust? Yes Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? No Does this position require a P-Card? No Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? No Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) Yes Credit and P-Card policy

    Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.



    Conduct field investigations of disease agents and parasites in wildlife, including the capture and/or collection of wildlife and arthropods, and the acquisition of biological samples and ecological data.

    Percentage of time 25 Duties/Responsibilities

    Coordinate the collection of ticks from wildlife through collaborators in state and federal agencies, veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitators, etc. Tick collection kits need to be provided and follow-up with collaborators to have ticks submitted.

    Percentage of time 25 Duties/Responsibilities

    Assist with laboratory processing and analysis of field collected specimens, including classical and molecular techniques in parasitology and entomology.

    Percentage of time 30 Duties/Responsibilities

    Assist with data entry and analysis, including field and laboratory data record keeping, and specimen submission to outside laboratories.

    Percentage of time 10 Duties/Responsibilities

    Maintain inventory of field equipment and vehicles and assist with maintenance and upkeep of equipment and vehicles.

    Percentage of time 5 Duties/Responsibilities

    Assist in preparing scientific presentations and writing technical reports and scientific manuscripts.

    Percentage of time 5

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    For questions concerning this position or recruitment progression, please refer to the Recruitment Contact listed below.

    Recruitment Contact Name Sarah Williamson Recruitment Contact Email [email protected] Recruitment Contact Phone 706-542-1741

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