Summary/Objective: Coordinate statewide chronic wasting disease (CWD) sampling efforts and assist with other wildlife disease monitoring as needed.
Essential Job Duties:
- Manage and oversee the Wildlife Health "Processing Center," receiving and preparing for submittal an average of 25,000 - 30,000 chronic wasting disease (CWD) samples collected annually from hunter-harvested, sick, road-killed, and culled deer.
- Supervise 3-5 hourly employees.
- Coordinate submission of CWD samples, communicate with the diagnostic laboratory and receive, track and report CWD test results.
- Prepare and provide CWD sampling instruction, training, and supplies for staff and partners throughout the state.
- Take a lead role in monitoring the quality and accuracy of CWD data, performing data clean-up and correction as needed.
- Monitor other deer health concerns, including hemorrhagic disease outbreaks.
- Inventory, track, and purchase wildlife disease sampling supplies.
- Summarize and report the results of wildlife disease surveillance activities, especially CWD, and wildlife morbidity/mortality investigations.
- Track and respond to reports of sick and dead wildlife, especially deer, coordinating specimen collection and submission to testing laboratories when needed.
- Continue development of a wildlife health database and online reporting application.
- Provide technical knowledge on biologic sample collection processes.
- Answer questions from the public and staff about CWD and other wildlife diseases and health concerns.
- Support and assist with wildlife health research projects.
- Promote wildlife health to the public, staff, and cooperators through phone calls, group presentations, workshops, etc.
Ancillary Job Duties:
Assist the State Wildlife Veterinarian with disease investigations, specimen collection and submission, and necropsies as needed.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science, Forestry, Fisheries, or related.
At least three (3) years of relevant professional experience, especially in biologic sample collection, wildlife disease surveillance, or related field.
Must maintain a valid, current driver's license.
To apply, visit https://jobs.mdc.mo.gov/job/Columbia-Wildlife-Health-Specialist-MO-652018992/686699700/