The Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) is a state and federal cooperative wildlife health research unit in the Department of Population Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia. As a regional cooperative, SCWDS is involved in a diversity of projects: wildlife mortality investigations, pathogen surveillance, vector surveillance, and applied wildlife health research projects. SCWDS is seeking applications for a student worker position to support SCWDS activities for up to 20 hours/week. Primary duties for this position are lab-based and include assisting with our Cervid herd health project needs. Duties include abomasum parasite counts and parasite identification using molecular methods (e.g., PCR and genetic sequencing). The Cervid herd health projects are seasonal, and duties for this position will transition to other areas as needed. Other potential duties may include the following: assistance with laboratory organization, maintenance, stocking, and cleaning; assisting the diagnostic service by trimming tissues for histopathology; sample handling, preparation, and submission; organization of tissue slides and blocks; laundry; disposal of biological waste and miscellaneous janitorial duties; and assistance with various research projects as needed. Prospective applicants should demonstrate a motivation to learn and an interest in conservation and wildlife health.
No prior experience is needed, although basic laboratory experience is preferred.
Physical demands of the position are moderate and include: standing for long periods of time, using stairs while carrying boxes or bags, sitting at a microscope, and lifting or carrying weights up to 40 pounds.
All applicants must apply at the following link: