40hr/week, Temporary, 6-month Position (1204 hours). Desired start date is August 1, 2022 (flexible).
This position supports Science Branch’s Wildlife Health Program. Duties will include but are not limited to responding to reports of sick/dead animals, participating in animal necropsies and other wildlife disease surveillance activities and reports. Coordination with regional Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Sampling Cooperators from participating taxidermists and meat processors, which includes weekly check-ins and CWD sample and datasheet collection. You will be responsible for verifying correct tissue collection from cooperators and shipping and/or transporting those samples to Columbia for laboratory submission. Occasionally assist with other CWD-related data collection and management. During deer firearms season some in-state overnight travel and weekend hours will be required (mainly Nov. 12-13, and the following week). You will be responsible for maintaining the regional sampling supply inventory and coordinating distribution of regional CWD sampling supplies. You will be a primary contact for collecting for CWD and other tissue samples from hunter-harvested, road-killed, and sick deer; assist regional MDC staff with CWD sample collection efforts and events; assist with post-season targeted management activities (Jan -March). Additional duties will include providing sampling training to taxidermists, meat processors, other non-MDC cooperators, and occasionally providing training for MDC staff on CWD sample and data collection. You will also be available to assist other Science Branch Programs and regional staff as needed and other duties as assigned.
Must be able to work independently, multi-task, organize/coordinate your own schedule, interact well with the public, cooperators, and other agency staff. Must be comfortable working around animal carcasses, blood, and tissues. Must be organized, detail oriented, and have excellent communication skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel. Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management or related Biological Sciences program is preferred but not required. Familiarity with CWD in the state of Missouri and experience with Microsoft Access is desired. The successful candidate will be required to hold a valid Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record and will be responsible for their own housing.
Position supervisor: Suzanne Johnston, Suzanne.Johnston@mdc.mo.gov, 573-815-7901 ext. 2928. Submit an email with subject line “Your Name – Science Aide” and attach a cover letter, resume, and three (3) references. Additionally, include start date availability and your preferred position location(s). You DO NOT need to fill out the hourly application form as indicated on the available position listing, only submit an email as indicated above.
Candidates seeking initial employment or re-employment must submit to a drug screen following offer of employment.