Wildlife Health Specialist – Missouri

Missouri Department of Conservation
Columbia, MO
Job Category
Full time Positions
$40,152.00 - $50,196.00
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
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/
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Jasmine Batten
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