Job Description:

Research the dynamics of mammalian communities and the relationships between mammals, ticks, oak trees, and Lyme disease. Location is the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in New York’s Hudson River Valley. Duties include live-trapping small mammals, taking blood, urine, and fecal samples, reliably recording trapping data, sampling abundance of ticks, tree seed collection, and seedling surveys within eastern deciduous forest plots. Early morning, late afternoon, and occasional weekend hours are required.

Position reports to Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld.


Prior experience handling small mammals is highly desirable.


Employment may begin as early as April 1 or as late as mid May, with an end date of approximately November 14, 2018. Jobs are full time, 35 hours/week. This is an hourly, non-benefitted position. Wage is commensurate with education and experience. On-site 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 18002-I, "Mouse-mast 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.