Seven available statewide positions support Resource Science Division’s Cervid Program and are supervised by the Wildlife Health Specialist in Columbia, MO. Some in-state overnight travel and weekend hours will be required (including opening weekend of firearms deer season, Nov. 10-11). Duties will include, but are not limited to: coordination with regional taxidermists and meat processors to obtain and process CWD samples from hunter-harvested deer; assist regional MDC staff with CWD sample collection efforts; preparing CWD samples for laboratory submission; assist with CWD-related data management; inventory management, distribution and tracking of CWD sampling supplies; collection of tissue samples from hunter-harvested, road-killed, and sick deer for CWD testing; assist with post-season targeted harvest operations. Additional duties will occasionally include: providing training to taxidermists, meat processors and other non-MDC cooperators; delivering supplies and picking up CWD samples in the region; assemble and distribute informative materials for landowners within the CWD management zones; provide training for MDC staff on CWD sample and data collection; responding to reports of sick/dead animals; participate in animal necropsies and other wildlife disease surveillance activities. Assist other Resource Science Programs as needed and other duties as required.
Must be comfortable working around animal carcasses, blood and tissues. Must be organized, detail oriented, and have excellent communication skills. Familiarity with CWD in the state of Missouri and experience with Microsoft Access is desired. B.S. degree preferred but not required, in Wildlife Management or related Biological Sciences program and/or specific skills/experience. The successful candidate will be required to hold a valid Driver’s License.
Submit a letter of interest, resume and list of references in a single document titled with your last name and desired work location to:
Keith Cordell, Wildlife Health Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org