Plague Ecology and Mammal Conservation Technicians
Plague (a primarily flea-borne disease of mammalian hosts) is causing significant and chronic conservation dilemmas in the western US. We are studying the ecology of plague and tools for mitigation. In South Dakota, we will capture and mark prairie dogs and small mammals (including a variety of rodents), collect fleas and other ectoparasites, vaccinate some hosts against plague, spotlight for black-footed ferrets, and compare survival rates for various treatment groups. In New Mexico, we will complete similar research with Peñasco least chipmunks and associated rodents. In both states, we will evaluate and identify tools for plague management. The ultimate goal is to conserve wildlife and preserve ecosystems. Field research will be completed from May through October in South Dakota, and from mid-May through mid-September in New Mexico. Qualified technicians will be able to work under harsh conditions (hot/cold weather, rough terrain, frequent encounters with rattlesnakes, etc.), work well with others, and (preferably) work during the entirety of the field season. Prior field experience is desired but not required. A daily living stipend will be provided for each day of work. Housing is provided. Please submit application materials to the contact below. Please include a letter of interest, your CV/resume, and (if possible and applicable) unofficial college transcripts.