Disease Ecology Project Assistant Opportunities Available at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is accepting applications for the

following position:

Disease Ecology Project Assistant, “The Tick Project” (up to 12)

Research:  The Tick Project  is a randomized,

placebo-controlled, double-blind research program to design and test a

tick-control strategy for preventing human cases of tick-borne disease.

The study is conducted at the scale of entire residential neighborhoods

within the Lyme-disease endemic zone of the northeastern United States.

The study emphasizes principles of disease ecology in the context of

disease prevention.

Job Description: Project Assistants are needed to study the effects of tick

management interventions on the abundance and distribution of blacklegged

ticks and risk of tick-borne disease in people.  Location is the Cary

Institute of Ecosystem Studies in New York’s Hudson River Valley, with

travel to sites throughout Dutchess County, New York.  Duties include

sampling, collecting, and identifying ticks from residential neighborhoods,

live-trapping small mammals, along with gathering and entering data on tick

encounters with local residents.

Qualifications: Meticulous attention to detail and experience in field

ecology is required. Prior experience with tick sampling or handling small

mammals is highly desirable. The ability to work in small teams and to

withstand hot and humid field conditions is essential.

Employment: Employment to begin between April 13 and May 15, with an end

date of approximately September 11, 2020 with the possibility of extension.

Position reports to Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld and is full time, 35 hours/week.

This is an hourly, non-exempt, non-benefited position. Wages are

commensurate with education and experience. The final candidate will be

required to complete a post-offer, pre-employment driving background check

successfully. Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S. On-site or

nearby housing is available. Review of applications will occur as

applications are received. Posting is open until April 1, 2020 or until


To Apply: Please submit a job application using this link


clicking the “Apply Now” button at the bottom of the page. Under “Resume”

on the application page, click the “Upload Resume” link to upload a single

PDF file consisting of a letter of application, a resume, and the names,

phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. Please

contact Patricia Jones (jonesp@caryinstitute.org) with any questions about


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Action (AA) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal

employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to

race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national

origin, age, familial status, protected veteran or disabled status, or

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