Wildlife Health Specialist; Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife

Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Position expected to be located in Tippecanoe County, IN
Job Category
Full time Positions
Commensurate with education and experience
Last Date to Apply
About the Job: The Wildlife Health Assistant serves as an assistant to the Wildlife Veterinarian in the Division of Fish and Wildlife in the Department of Natural Resources. This position works closely with the Wildlife Veterinarian in applying professional biological and veterinary knowledge to assist with wildlife disease prevention, detection, monitoring, research, and management to improve the health of the public wildlife resources of the State of Indiana. Major areas of work include: assisting with the development, implementation, and evaluation of wildlife health management programs; collection and processing of biological samples; data entry, management, and analysis; report writing; work planning; supply and equipment procurement and inventory; public relations and education/outreach; and technical assistance. Responsibilities: • Assist with planning, protocol development, organization, implementation, and evaluation of statewide wildlife disease monitoring programs (including chronic wasting disease in wild cervids), often involving collaboration with external partners. • Assist the Wildlife Veterinarian and Wildlife Science biologists with disease case and outbreak investigation and response. • Assist with wildlife diagnostic sample or carcass collection, processing, delivery/shipping, and submission; prepare and distribute field sampling kits for DFW and DNR staff. • Provide technical assistance during veterinary procedures (e.g. transmitter surgery, anesthesia). • Assist the Wildlife Biometrician in the development, data entry, analyses, and reporting associated with a comprehensive wildlife health management system. • Assist in the compilation and written reporting of data from wildlife health surveillance and response activities; assist in writing scientific manuscripts for publication. • Review technical bulletins and search scientific literature for information pertaining to ongoing or potential wildlife health and disease issues; summarize bodies of information and/or data on specific disease processes as requested. • Provide timely verbal and written responses to telephone calls, emails, and letters related to wildlife health; update agencies and the public on the status of wildlife disease issues through written reports, website updates, news releases, or other correspondence; assist in training staff and partners in wildlife health related practices including sample collection and processing protocols. • Conduct media interviews as needed, develop educational outreach materials, write popular articles, and make educational presentations to a wide range of public groups and organizations; communicate with the public in a respectful and courteous manner when sharing information or interviewing the public for information. • Prepare and give technical presentations at workshops, seminars, conferences or professional association meetings. • Assist in the hiring, planning, and monitoring the activities of intermittent employees and volunteers. • Assist with ordering, purchasing, budget, activity reporting, and miscellaneous tasks; order, organize, and maintain an inventory of materials and supplies needed to complete wildlife health related activities. • Assist in development and management of a wildlife biological specimen bank. • Ensure vehicles, trailers, and laboratory and veterinary equipment are available and maintained in proper working condition.
Preferred Experience: • A Bachelor of Science in Biology, Wildlife Science, Zoology, Natural Resources, Environmental Science, or a closely related field and/or clinical or educational experience in veterinary technology. • Practical experience that provides specialized knowledge of biological and veterinary principles and wildlife disease management techniques, such as field sample collection and processing and accurate record keeping. Ability to work with diseased and deceased wildlife. • Ability to assist in planning and conducting investigation of wildlife morbidity and mortality cases, disease surveillance, and data collection and management. • Ability to safely capture and restrain wildlife and ability to maintain appropriate biosecurity in field, laboratory, and clinical situations. Experience in wildlife capture/immobilization preferred. • Ability to prepare and interpret data and present information and evidence in order to make recommendations to supervisor. • Ability to communicate clearly, verbally and in writing. • Computer proficiency in basic data analysis and display software (e.g. statistics, spreadsheets, word processing, graphics) and accurate data entry. A working knowledge of GIS is preferred. • Working knowledge of general administrative and clerical procedures including accurate data entry. • Working knowledge of scientific methodology, procedures, and theories. Working knowledge of wildlife biology and statistics in the study of natural resources and wildlife health. Knowledge of major wildlife diseases preferred. • Working knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and programs pertaining to fish and wildlife health and environmental protection regulations. • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with the general public and external partners. • Ability to direct intermittent employees and volunteers. • Must hold a valid vehicle operator’s license. • Ability to work as a team member or independently with limited supervision. • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds at least waist high. ________________________________________ Additional Comments: The position has statewide responsibilities that may require long distance travel with occasional overnight travel required (especially in November and December) in Indiana and possibly out of state to implement wildlife health management plans. The majority of time is spent indoors in office or lab environments, with some time spent in a vehicle or outdoors in varied field situations. While in the field, you may be exposed to difficult terrain and safety hazards including, but not limited to, adverse weather, poisonous plants, insect pests, venomous reptiles, chemical exposure, handling of large animals, and exposure to infectious agents. Sitting, standing, or stooping for long periods of time is standard when in the office or when processing, collecting, and analyzing biological samples. Physical stamina is required for lifting various heavy equipment or carcasses. Application Instructions: Find complete job description and apply for Job ID #619464 at http://www.in.gov/spd/careers/ Apply before: 11/22/2018
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Nancy Boedeker
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