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    Avian and Mammal Field Technician

    • Employer: Columbia University
      Location: Block Island, RI
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/15/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Field Technician(s) – Avian and mammal sampling for vector-borne disease, Block Island - RI

    The Diuk-Wasser lab at Columbia University (http://blogs.cuit.columbia.edu/mad2256/) is recruiting  motivated ornithology-focused field technician(s) for field sampling from May 19-August 23, 2019 on Block Island, RI. We are an eco-epidemiology lab interested in how pathogen strains specialize in bird and mammal hosts as well as the emergence and spread of vector-borne diseases. Our main focus is on tick-borne diseases, including Lyme disease and babesiosis.

    Primary duties will include mist netting, handling, and processing samples from birds, conducting weekly point counts, trapping and handling small animals (collecting blood, tissue, and ticks), and sampling for ticks. Other duties include maintaining field equipment and data entry.  Preference will be given to individuals with knowledge of the avian fauna of New England and experience doing bird surveys.

    Housing, field equipment, and transportation on the island will be provided. Salary commensurate with experience. Technician(s) must be in good physical condition and capable of working in unfavorable environmental conditions (e.g. rain, heat). A valid U.S. driver’s license and clean driving record is required.

    If interested, please send in a single pdf document with 1) cover letter explaining your interest and relevant field experience; 2) a CV/resume; 3) list of three professional references to Dr. Maria Diuk-Wasser (mad2256@columbia.edu) by March 15, 2019.

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