Wildlife Health Technician

Pennsylvania, United States
27 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
27 Dec 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title

Wildlife Health Technician

Job Profile Title

Research Specialist A

Job Description Summary

Penn Vet's Wildlife Futures Program is hiring full-time wildlife health technicians (prosector /couriers) to conduct surveillance, collect specimens and carcasses, accurately record data, and deliver samples to laboratories in support of Pennsylvania’s wildlife health programs. Responsibilities focus on surveillance for a wide variety of diseases that affect Pennsylvania’s 480 species of wild birds and mammals.


  1. Pennsylvania Game Commission's (PGC) Southwest Region: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington & Westmoreland Counties. This position will regularly report to the region office in Westmoreland County.
  2. PGC Southcentral Region: Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Snyder & York Counties. This position will regularly report to the region office in Huntingdon County.
  3. PGC Southeast Region: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia & Schuylkill Counties. This position will regularly report to the region office in Berks County.

Job Description

Responsibilities will include:

  • Determine the availability and condition of potential biological samples based on current Wildlife Futures Program and Pennsylvania Game Commission priorities and protocols.
  • Identify, collect, and preserve priority carcasses or tissues for diagnostic testing.
  • Accurately document carcass collection locations and other essential data.
  • Properly dispose of unwanted or unusable parts and carcasses.
  • Deliver or ship required samples to specified diagnostic laboratories and other locations in a timely and secure manner.
  • Develop professional and effective communication networks among Pennsylvania Game Commission staff, wildlife rehabilitators, taxidermists, processors, animal control officers, veterinarians, and other stakeholders.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.


Associate's Degree with 1-2 years of related experience in research or equivalent combination of education and experience. A valid driver's license is required.

Working Conditions:

Requires extensive safety training , exposure to chemicals, outdoor exposure to weather, requires protective devices, high dust, dirt, grease environment, exposure to moving machinery, extensive travel (>1000 mi./month)

Physical Effort:

Occasional lifting 25-50 lbs., typically standing or walking, typically bending, crouching, stooping

Job Location - City, State

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Department / School

School of Veterinary Medicine

Pay Range

$35,568.00 - $57,600.00

Affirmative Action Statement 

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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