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Under the supervision of the off-site Attending Veterinarian and the Wildlife Biologists, the Wildlife Veterinary Technician performs tasks requiring specialized skills in connection with the care and maintenance of the moose calves at the Ahtna Intertribal Resource Commission (AITRC) Orphaned Moose Calf Rehabilitation facility.
Work hours are irregular and are based on the needs of the moose calves. Your time can include night shifts and/or several long days, and hours worked will depend on patient care.
Work is outside in the weather and often repetitive, be sure that you are fit and able for this type of work.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Work directly with moose calves and provide basic animal care
• Diet preparation and distribution following prescribed diet and feeding procedures. Records diet consumption daily and notifies supervisor of feeding behavior changes
• Is responsible for the cleaning, feeding, and care of animals in the facility, and in quarantine facilities when needed
• Carry out prescribed veterinary treatments as assigned. Assists in capture and crating/uncrating of animals
• Provide assistance to veterinarians in all forms of routine health procedures, field immobilizations, administration of medicine and anesthetics, husbandry, emergency care, any other procedures as needed
• Maintain daily reports for any moose in quarantine
• Perform fecal exams as scheduled
• Assist with after-hours animal care, animal monitoring, hand-rearing, as needed
• Collect and prepare samples for transport to other laboratories for diagnostic testing
• Assist with teaching and training of interns at various levels
• Apply topical ointments, give oral medications, and inject fluids intramuscularly and intravenously when necessary
• Performs routine maintenance and upkeep of facilities as assigned. Reports needed major repairs and checks and maintain equipment used
• Maintain an inventory of appropriate supplies and equipment
• Maintain and clean research and veterinary equipment
• Excellent attention to detail and ability/willingness to follow specific direction and accept
• Instruct and coordinate a variety of interns and volunteers working in the facility
• Must be flexible in work hours, including availability for extended workdays
• Ability to safely operate an ATV’s, including loading, unloading, and backing trailers
• Understands wilderness survival skills, possesses a general knowledge of safety equipment
• Ability to react calmly and objectively in emergency situations
• Represents the AITRC in a positive way during any filming operation AITRC decides to partake in; helping to promote the facility in a positive light and garner public support
Tribal Member Preference
Pursuant to PL 93-638, as amended, preference will be given to qualified Ahtna Shareholders and Tribal
citizens in all phases of employment.
We expect the person in this position to be a self-starter capable of working independently or as a team member while accepting varied and changing responsibilities in the job. They must exhibit strong time management and organizational skills to effectively schedule and prioritize weekly workflow assignments to develop solutions for problems solving.
Frequent sitting, using hands/fingers, handling, reaching with hands and arms, talking, hearing, and seeing (up close, at a distance, along the periphery, with depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus); walking; bending, pushing, pulling, and standing for up to 4 hours; occasional lifting of up to 50pounds.
Work performed outdoors will include exposure to extreme weather conditions. It will also include data collection and Truck, ATV, or UTV use. These forms of transportation can be bumpy and can cause whole-body vibrations, jarring, and/or awkward movements.
The work environment characteristics described in this job description are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this job. The employee will be working out of doors and will be subject to wilderness conditions, confined spaces, changes in temperature, weather conditions, and noise levels.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee incumbent in this position. The employee will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.
A review of this job has excluded marginal functions of the job that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document
are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities required to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position.
• Driver’s license and clean driving record.
• Background check
• Minimum age: 18
• 1-2 years of animal handling or veterinary technician experience and;
• Experience in feeding young and attending to medical needs
• Experience in administering IVs and feeding tubes