Wildlife Epidemiology Technician

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USGS National Wildlife Health Center

Wildlife Epidemiology Technician
A detailed-oriented, responsible individual with a strong interest in wildlife disease and ecology is sought to assist with activities associated with Wildlife Epidemiology and Emerging Disease (WEED) Branch at the USGS-National Wildlife Health Center (Madison, Wisconsin). Activities include: maintenance of a long-term, national wildlife disease event database, data summary/reporting, laboratory work, workshop training preparation, fieldwork preparation, possible fieldwork, and special projects. A portion of the technician’s time will be devoted to assistance with a national surveillance program for Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal). Some overnight travel may be required for fieldwork. The USGS-National Wildlife Health Center is a federal wildlife diagnostic and research laboratory which serves federal, state, and tribal wildlife management agencies in all 50 states and US territories.

This is a 1-year student services contract position with an additional 1 year renewal option (pending academic eligibility and available funding); qualified applicants must have a BA/BS degree in a relevant field and either be currently enrolled in an academic program or have graduated within the past 12 months from the start date of the performance period. Preferred start date: March 1 or earlier.
Hours and Days: approx. 35-40 hours/week; may exceed 40 hours/week during the field season (Dec-May). Field work can involve working outside regular business hours and possibly some weekends. Out-of-state and overnight travel may be required. 
Knowledge and Skills Required:
• Good organizational and communication skills
• Ability to work on a team and lead sampling efforts 
• BA/BS degree in Zoology, Biology, Ecology, Wildlife or suitable equivalent 
• Previous field work experience
• Previous laboratory experience with microbiology and molecular biology
• MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint (experience with MS Access and/or ArcGIS a plus)
• Comfortable working with live animals
• Valid US driver’s license

Duties specific to the national Bsal surveillance project include: assistance with sample kit preparation and distribution; organization and preparation of submissions for laboratory diagnostics; laboratory analyses (including DNA extraction, real-time PCR, and fungus culture); data entry; maintaining a unique database consisting of diagnostic case information and results; and generating summary tables and graphs for reports and presentations. Student adheres to established standard operating procedures, Good Laboratory Practices Act, and all field safety regulations.
Technician will also assist with updating and maintaining epizootic event information generated from submissions to the USGS-National Wildlife Health Center. Specific duties will include attributing diagnoses to each wildlife species involved in a mortality event for historical records needed to standardize a long-term database and conversion of wildlife event files to electronic format. Duties many also include performing database searches and generating summary tables and graphs data for reports and presentations, assisting with workshop and fieldwork preparation, performing literature searches and summarizing information.

Compensation:  $20.96-25.65/hr depending on education and experience.

Please see http://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/information_desk/employment_opportunities.jsp
for full details. To apply, please send cover letter, resume, an unofficial copy of college transcript, and contact information for 2 references to dgrear@usgs.gov by Thursday Febr 2, 2017.