Wildlife Health Technician
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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.
PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE THREE POSITIONS, ONE EACH IN THE FOLLOWING THREE WORK LOCATIONS:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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)
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
$35,568.00 - $57,600.00
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