Avian Health Program Specialist
Fort Collins, CO
Research Professional Position: Yes
Posting Number: 202100498AP
Position Type: Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Research Associate I
Number of Vacancies: 1
Work Hours/Week: 40/wk
Proposed Annual Salary Range
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Description of Work Unit
The mission of Colorado State University Diagnostic Laboratories is to provide timely, accurate, and pertinent animal disease diagnostic services and educational outreach to veterinarians, animal industries, and animal interests. The CSUVDL also will strive to meet the goals of CVMBS (College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences), and the University by contributing to research to develop new approaches to disease identification, investigation, prevention, and by contribution to the education of professional veterinary medical undergraduate, and post-doctoral students.Position Summary
This position will work for the Colorado Avian Health Program at the Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. The Colorado Avian Health Program is a collaborative effort between Colorado State University and the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The Program is housed at and implemented by the Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and is funded by United States Department of Agriculture Cooperative Agreements.
Salary range is $38,000 - 48,000, depending on experience. This position is subject to research funding and has a term end date of March 31, 2022 and can be renewed annually, depending on grant funding. The grants that fund this position have been renewed annually for more than 16 years.
The successful candidate be responsible and able to work in a team environment and independently. This is a field position and the successful candidate can expect to spend 20-30 hrs a week in the field during the field season (typical field season is spring through fall). The successful candidate will be expected to pass a background check and be able to drive a CSU owned vehicle. The successful candidate will be expected to work independently in the field. The successful candidate should be available for flexible work hours within a 40 hour work week - after hours work (early and late in the day), evenings and weekends will be required. Emergency response work (ex - responding to fighting chicken investigations or disease outbreaks) may be required. State-wide travel and occasional overnight stays are required.
Additionally, the successful candidate should be able to work in adverse field settings and conditions, including but not limited to, hot or cold environmental temperatures, dusty poultry houses with strong odors, insects and parasites in the environment or infesting poultry or poultry houses, extremely windy conditions and commercial poultry operations with confined birds. The successful candidate will be expected to learn how to handle birds of all types and independently collect a wide variety of samples, including swabs, blood and tissues collected during necropsy submissions. The successful candidate cannot own birds (domestic or poultry) for biosecurity reasons. This position will be expected to be available for urgent/emergency avian health needs such as disease outbreaks, assisting law enforcement with fighting chicken investigations and urgent/emergency diagnostic testing. This may require after hours on call work.Required Job Qualifications
- Bachelor's degree in biology, microbiology, animal science or other science-related field and one year of veterinary or science related experience is required.
- Must have a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain a driver's license. The incumbent will be expected to drive a CSU owned vehicle.
- Experience working with poultry or other livestock or other veterinary experience is preferred.
- Experience conducting research studies is preferred.
- Knowledge of veterinary diagnostic (microbiology) techniques is preferred.
- Experience working with poultry is preferred.
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.Job Duty Category: Colorado Avian Health Program
This position will work with Colorado Avian Health Program (CAHP) staff and will be supervised by the CAHP Coordinator.
This position will be responsible for traveling to a wide variety of poultry gathering events or facilities throughout the state, including bird swap meets, live bird markets, state and county fairs, auctions, custom slaughter facilities, poultry fancier shows and educational facilities. This position will be responsible for sample collection at these events, as well as providing educational materials to flock owners and working with event/facility managers to improve biosecurity and prevent disease introduction. This position will also participate in inspections for incoming birds into public events such as county fairs or bird shows.
This position will be responsible the collection of samples for diagnostic testing at backyard poultry and game bird flocks and will serve as a certified state inspector for the National Poultry Improvement Plan, a USDA cooperative program. As flocks are located throughout the state, extensive travel and some overnight stays may be required. In addition to sample collection during flock visits, this position will be responsible for evaluating flock management, health and biosecurity and educating flock owners on these topics.
This position will be expected to maintain rigorous biosecurity procedures. In accordance with established biosecurity guidelines, this position will be responsible for cleaning field supplies, disposing of contaminated materials and maintaining field vehicle cleanliness. While working in the field the applicant will need to follow strict biosecurity protocols which include wearing coveralls, face masks/shields, gloves, boots and other protective equipment. This position will maintain accurate inventories of field and laboratory supplies.
This position will assist with diseased flock case investigations and may be asked to perform sample collection flock visits for this purpose. This position will assist the Program Coordinator and VDL Pathologists with necropsies and other case investigation procedures.Percentage Of Time: 65
Job Duty Category: Avian Health Laboratory Work
This position will be responsible for laboratory diagnostic testing duties, including but not limited to, sample preparation and diagnostic testing. This position will be expected to learn various diagnostic testing methods for the Avian Diagnostics section. After training, this position will perform various veterinary diagnostic tests for the Avian Diagnostics section.
This position will help with organization and maintenance of flock information and sample collection data that is collected by the Colorado Avian Health Program. This position will be responsible for completing official Program documents and reporting testing results to poultry clients.
This position may also help in other areas in the diagnostic lab as needed (e.g., molecular, bacteriology, virology).Percentage Of Time: 15
Job Duty Category: Research
Dr. Kristy Pabilonia conducts research projects in a variety of subjects, including diseases of poultry, zoonotic diseases and infectious diseases of animals. This position may assist with aspects of this research. This could include writing and submitting protocols, statistical analyses, and writing up research results in summary and/or manuscript format.Percentage Of Time: 5
Job Duty Category: General Duties
This position may also help with general office duties for the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, including entry of diagnostic cases into the laboratory information management system, writing documents for the lab and helping with meetings/events. Other office duties will be as assigned.
This position will also perform any other duties as assigned, including, but not limited to, general office duties, data entry, maintenance of supplies and equipment, vehicle maintenance and cleaning, and helping with Program activities or other laboratory/office work.Percentage Of Time: 15
Special Instructions to Applicants
Interested applicants need to submit a cover letter which addresses how professional experiences align with the posted requirements and preferred qualifications of the position as well as a current resume/CV, and names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references.
References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Essential Services Designation - Required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare, Shift Work - CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory does not follow standard University Holiday Schedule due to the nature of the business. Monday through Friday is typical schedule but rotation of holidays is required and occasional Saturdays needed., On-call Status - In the event of an emergency is declared by the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Director, needed to meet NAHLN requirements, overtime work or work outside normal operating ours will be required., Use, Handling, or Exposure to hazardous materials - Exposure to select agents, zoonotic disease, agents & hazardous wastes
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