Monday, March 7, 2016

PAID - Field Assistant

Tick Control Study - Apply by 4/30

A part-time research assistant position is available for a tick control study in Prince George's and  Howard Counties, Maryland beginning May 2016 through August 2016, potentially extending into the fall months.  The research assistant will accompany researchers to survey ticks, and assist with trapping small mammals for tissue collection and tick assessments. The person may have the opportunity to assist with laboratory work (e.g., blood or tissue sample preparation), or volunteer on other field projects, and other clerical duties may be required.  The position will be paid $13.00/hour for up to 20 hours/week and does not include overtime.

Qualifications -- The preferred candidate will have an interest in wildlife or entomology, and will have or be pursuing a related degree in wildlife, entomology, natural resources, ecology or the biological sciences.

Minimum Qualifications 
  1. Current, valid U.S. driver’s license and clean driving record 
  2. Ability to lift 40 lbs, walk long distances over uneven terrain or marsh habitat in humid conditions with biting insects,
  3. Ability conduct field work at night, adapt to highly variable work, and exhibit flexibility in field work plans. 
  4.  Ability to work long/irregular hours.
  5.  Experience with Microsoft word and Microsoft Excel.
  6.  Demonstrated attention to detail in data collection, ability to follow directions, work as a team, effectively communicate with supervisors and coworkers, and maintain a positive attitude.
Preferred Qualifications 
  1. Familiarity with vegetation of the Mid-Atlantic states and plant identification skills.
  2. Previous experience conducting scientific research in a field setting.
  3. Previous field experience capturing and handling small mammals. 

To apply -- please send a one page letter of interest and current CV/resume with names and contact information (phone and email) for two references as a single PDF to Andrew Y. Li at  The letter of interest should include career plans, suitability for the job, and dates/times of availability (starting and ending dates and ability to work evening hours are particularly important).  

You may also contact Erika Machtinger at if you have any questions about the work.  Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2016.  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.