Fish Health Specialist: Utah

Agency
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
Location
4315 South 2700 West TSOB South Bldg Floor 2 Taylorsville, Utah
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
$25.40 - $42.56 Hourly
Last Date to Apply
11/27/2022
Website
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/utah/jobs/3805959/fish-health-specialist?department[0]=570%20Department%20of%20Agriculture%20and%20Food&sort=PositionTitle%7CAscending&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs
Description
Job Description: The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) Animal Health Program is seeking a Fish Health Specialist to protect the health of Utah’s private aquaculture industry. This position oversees importation of aquatic animals, maintains health approval for hatcheries, and conducts fish health and sterility inspections and testing. You must be a certified Fish Health Inspector. Principal Duties: Assists with compliance with federal and state laws and Department rules, standards, and guidelines. Acts as a liaison between UDAF and other agencies and aquaculture producers. Processes license applications and renewals. Maintains fish health approval for private, state, and federal fish facilities through inspections and testing. Schedules and conducts biological inspections and investigations for private aquaculture facilities according to existing Blue Book and state rule. Performs scientific and/or technical research. Assists aquaculture facilities with water quality related problems and fish kills. Inspects licensed aquaculture facilities for aquatic invasive species. Inspects licensed fee fishing facilities to address escapement concerns. Review and interpret laboratory results, maintain accurate records, and provide reports. Assist and advise in the development of laws, rules, policies, and procedures relative to aquaculture, fish health, and permitting for the movement of aquatic species within and across state borders. Prepare and present an annual summary and frequent updates to Utah’s Fish Health Policy Board and UDAF staff. Create awareness and informational classes and training events on aquaculture. Assist with other Animal Health duties as needed. Ideal Candidate: BS degree in Microbiology, Biology, Fisheries & Wildlife, or a directly related field of study or 6 years of directly related experience. Fish Health Inspector certification. Ability to perform fieldwork and collect samples. Knowledge of fish anatomy and necropsy procedures. Knowledge of aquatic invasive species identification. Knowledge of sterility testing. Knowledge of general microbiological methods and laboratory practices. Computer proficiency, experience using MS Word and Excel. Why you should join our team: This is an exciting opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge to support Utah’s private aquaculture industry. The State of Utah offers great benefits and generous paid time off so you can spend more time with your family and have a positive work life balance. The Agency: If you would like to read more about working for the department of Agriculture and Food please click here. Example of Duties Develops, directs, and/or evaluates programs. Ensures compliance with applicable federal and/or state laws, regulations, and/or agency rules, standards, guidelines, etc. Coordinates and/or acts as a liaison between agency or work unit and other agencies, work units, organizations, suppliers, etc. Writes or drafts correspondence, reports, documents, and/or other written materials. Identifies problems or potential problem areas and recommends solutions. Prepares and defends budget recommendations, requests, reports, proposals, and/or projections. Supplemental Information Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc. Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items; driving an automobile, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.
Qualifications
Ideal Candidate: BS degree in Microbiology, Biology, Fisheries & Wildlife, or a directly related field of study or 6 years of directly related experience. American Fisheries Society Aquatic Animal Health Inspector certification. Ability to perform fieldwork and collect samples. Knowledge of fish anatomy and necropsy procedures. Knowledge of aquatic invasive species identification. Knowledge of sterility testing. Knowledge of general microbiological methods and laboratory practices. Computer proficiency, experience using MS Word and Excel.
Contact Person
Christa Rowland
Contact Phone
801-538-4826
Contact eMail
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