Research Associate - Wildlife Assistant-Barfield Lab

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
09 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
16 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory (ARBL) and the Equine Reproduction Laboratory (ERL) are recognized as one of the first 16 Programs of Research and Scholarly Excellence (PRSE) at Colorado State University (CSU). The vision of the ARBL/ERL PRSE is to be a world-class center that fosters advancement in reproductive health for animals and humans through integrative research and training. This internationally known program has an administrative home in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, but also includes faculty members from other departments in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) and the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS). A team approach is used to identify problems, determine approaches and conduct research. The ARBL is devoted to helping animals, people and the planet and champions CVMBS values of accountability, collaboration, team and transparency.

The ARBL also manages care and housing of hundreds of large research animals (horses, cattle, sheep, goats, bison, camels, and pigs) on the CSU foothills campus.

Position Summary

This is the entry-level position for individuals with less than 3 years of professional, post-baccalaureate (or equivalent) experience.This position will assist the Director of Bison Reproduction Program with outreach including public tours of ARBL and bison facilities and assisting with hosting workshops or educational experiences to special interest groups related to bison programs. This person will assist the ongoing efforts in Colorado and Montana with specific focus on the quarantine program by ongoing testing of bison here and in Montana; assisting with grazing studies and movement of animals, and collection of samples from herds in CO and MT. This position will assist with managing the Laramie Foothills Bison Conservation Herd and will help coordinate efforts with project partners and local, state and federal agencies.

Required Job Qualifications

At least 2 years work experience with large animals, preferably bison, or wildlife.
Excellent communication skills, oral and written.
Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.
Experience maintaining animal handling facilities and training animals in the facilities to be handled.
Some practical teaching experience in the field or demonstrated ability to teach others.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Experience with ultrasound, embryo transfer, artificial insemination and sample collection while handling large animals, particularly bison or cattle.
Experience working with and organizing various stakeholders such as state and federal agencies and corporate and non-profit partners.
Interest in large mammal conservation and the intersection of animal reproduction and disease.

Diversity Statement

•Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Management of Bison Herds Duty/Responsibility

Oversee the feeding and care of the Laramie Bison Conservation Herd.
Management of herd, including grazing studies and movement of animals.
Help develop grazing plan with project partners, and execution of grazing plan.

Percentage Of Time 40 Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research Management Duty/Responsibility

Primarily responsible for working in Montana and Colorado on the bison quarantine program.
Responsible for sample collection from MT and CO herds. This will require working in all types of weather at remote locations

Percentage Of Time 40 Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Outreach and Training Duty/Responsibility

Train graduate students and lab technicians on sample collection techniques.
Decide best practices for collection, transporting/pick up of ovaries, reproductive tissue, etc
Provide tours of ARBL and bison facilities as public outreach.

Percentage Of Time 20 Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a cover letter which addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications, a resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Special Requirements/Other - Willingness to travel and work in remote location and in inclement weather Search Contact Dr. Jennifer Barfield at EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.