Job Description:

Research the effects of tick management interventions on the survival and behavior 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 and collecting ticks in suburban neighborhoods, tick identification, live-trapping small mammals, gathering data and entering data on tick encounters with local residents, coordinating with local residents to collect field data, deploying wildlife cameras and identifying species captured in wildlife camera photos.

Position reports to Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld.


Meticulous attention to detail, self-motivation, and experience in field ecology are mandatory. Prior experience handling small mammals is highly desirable.


Employment may begin as early as March 12 or as late as May 15, with an end date of approximately September 30, 2018. Jobs are full time, 35 hours/week. This is an hourly, non-benefitted position. Wage is commensurate with education and experience. Onsite or nearby housing may be available.

Finalist candidates will be required to complete a post-offer, pre-employment driving background check successfully.

All candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Posting is open until February 12, 2018 or until filled.

To Apply:

Please submit job application via and include a single PDF file consisting of a letter of application, a resume, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. Be sure to cite Job Number 18003-I, "The Tick Project".

The Cary Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative 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 genetic information.