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Hourly Position: Wildlife Disease Biologist


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Application Deadline: When filled

Position Background: The Office of Fish & Wildlife Health & Forensics is searching for a part-time employee to conduct wildlife disease investigations/surveillance and to work collaboratively on fish health projects conducted by the office.

The candidate is required to report to the Wildlife Pathology Lab in Clinton and/or the Fish Health Lab at the Pequest Trout Hatchery in Oxford. It is expected that the individual will work collaboratively with the Department of Agriculture, Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory in Ewing and with the Northeastern Wildlife Disease Cooperative. This is an excellent opportunity to work collaboratively with state biologists and other agencies to investigate and survey wildlife populations for important and emerging disease threats.

Education: A Bachelorís Degree with a focus on wildlife biology/disease is required; preference will be given to candidates with animal health experience. A graduate degree (Masterís) with laboratory and research experience would be a benefit for this position.

Job Duties: The employee is expected to respond to and investigate wildlife mortality throughout the state, dissect and collect tissue samples from wildlife species, maintain a wildlife pathology reporting database, provide written reports, assist with sampling for the stateís chronic wasting disease surveillance program, and assist with fish health cases and research projects conducted in the office. Duties will include sample collection from the field, sample processing for histopathology and molecular studies, and report writing.

Qualifications: The individual should be self-motivated and have a strong background in wildlife disease along with research experience. It is preferred that the individual have experience with aseptic techniques for sample collection and laboratory experience in histology, microbiology, and/or molecular biology techniques. The individual must have strong writing skills. Experience with necropsies of various wildlife species is desirable.

Compensation: Minimum hourly wage of $14 per hour. Hourly wage is dependent on qualifications and experience.

To Apply: Send an e-mail with 1) a cover letter stating your interest and suitability for the position and 2) a current Curriculum Vitae attached.
E-mail your information to Jan Lovy, Ph.D., Research Scientist:

Applicaitons must be received by 4:00 p.m. no later than Friday, June 1st, 2018. Only those candidates that will be invited for an interview will be contacted.

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