Vector-borne Disease Field Technician, RI and NY

Field Technician(s) – Vector-borne disease, Staten Island, NY or Block Island – RI 
The Diuk-Wasser lab at Columbia University is recruiting motivated field technician(s) for field sampling from May 21-August 24 on Staten Island, NY or Block Island, RI. We are an eco-epidemiology lab interested in how human changes to the landscape and the climate drive 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 handling and processing (collecting blood, tissue, and ticks) from small mammals, drag sampling for questing ticks, and mist netting, handling, and processing samples from birds. Other duties include maintaining field equipment and data entry. Preference will be given to individuals with experience handling, collecting blood samples, point count analysis, and having knowledge of the avian fauna on New York or Rhode Island.
Housing (only for Block Island), 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, tick infested forest). 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 ( by March 15, 2018.