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  1. Fellowship In Wildlife Anatomic Pathology University Of Wisconsin-Madison

    The Department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, in association with the USGS National Wildlife Health Center, seeks applicants for a postgraduate fellowship position in wildlife anatomic pathology effective July 1, 2017.  This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal for an additional year.  Minimum qualifications include a DVM/VMD or equivalent degree, completion of an anatomic veterinary pathology residency training program, and ACVP or equivalent board certification or eligibility.  Preference will be given to individuals with prior wildlife pathology experience who are Diplomates of the ACVP or equivalent.   Successful candidates will be required to pass a federal background investigation.

    Primary responsibilities include participation in diagnostic pathology service, including gross and histopathologic evaluation of animals from wildlife mortality events and research collaborations.  The successful applicant will have the opportunity to conduct independent or collaborative research on wildlife disease.  The fellow will also participate in the instructional program for residents in anatomic pathology.  

    Please send a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, the names of three individuals who can provide references and veterinary transcripts (unofficial copy is acceptable) to:

    Dr. Howard Steinberg
    Department of Pathobiological Sciences
    School of Veterinary Medicine
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    2015 Linden Drive
    Madison, Wisconsin 53706
    (608) 265-2473
    howard.steinberg@wisc.edu

    The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  Minorities and women are strongly urged to apply.  Names, titles and/or occupation, and addresses of applicants or nominees cannot be kept confidential. 

  2. 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

    Responsibilities:

    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

    Level of Knowledge:

    1. Technical Requirements

    2. Specific Work Requirements

    The Technician reviews information in the NWHC EPIZOO database, contacts partners for incomplete data, and enters data accurately using an MS Access interface. The Technician also conducts quality control of the database and provides summary tables of shared information to appropriate partners. The student is expected to adhere to appropriate NWHC guidelines, follow established procedures, and work in coordination with USGS-NWHC staff to complete work assignments. Knowledge of general approaches for field and laboratory research including maintaining a field and lab notebook. Ability to follow written protocols and guidelines and to adapt procedures to suit the needs of the field. Knowledge of aseptic technique, directional workflow, and biosafety procedures. Hand and finger dexterity, which is equal to the exacting use of small tools and equipment, is required.

    1. Required expertise/skills:

    The Technician must have at minimum a BA/BS degree in a relevant field such as wildlife/natural resources management, biology, zoology, ecology or suitable equivalent. The applicant must also be a U.S. Citizen with a valid driver’s license. A familiarity with MS Office Products (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint) is required; knowledge of MS Access and ArcGIS software is a plus. Prior research or job-related fieldwork experience is also required. Candidate must demonstrate good organizational and communication skills and be able to enter data accurately. Immunization against rabies is required for fieldwork.

    1. Desired expertise/skills:

    Preferred candidate should demonstrate a strong interest in wildlife disease and/or ecology and have familiarity with disease processes and vocabulary. Skills in reviewing current literature and compiling summaries are desirable. Experience in safely handling live, non-domestic animals, working with standard laboratory equipment, and the demonstrated ability to work in a field and laboratory setting is advantageous. Independent research equivalent to a M.S. is advantageous.

    Working Conditions:

    1. Supporting Information

    2. Principal Duty Station- USGS, National Wildlife Health Center, 6006 Schroeder Rd., Madison, WI 53711

    3. Period of Performance: approx. 03/01/2017 to 02/28/2018; option to extend up to 1 year pending available funding and academic eligibility

    Work will be approx. 35-40 hours/week, not to exceed 2000 hours per performance period.

    Office work will be performed at the NWHC-Madison campus during regular business hours (Mon-Fri, 7:30a-5:30p) under the general supervision of Dr. Dan Grear, USGS-NWHC Wildlife Disease Ecologist. Employee must be able to work at a computer for 30 hours/week. The candidate will need access to NWHC offices and government computers and will be required to pass a background security check. The candidate is expected to adhere to appropriate NWHC guidelines, follow established procedures, and work in coordination with USGS-NWHC to complete work assignments. Field work may be conducted out-of-state (mostly between April - November). Limited heavy lifting (up to 30 lbs) and moderate to strenuous physical activity under challenging weather and terrain conditions may be involved with the fieldwork. Overnight and weekend travel away from Madison (1-3 days) may also be required. Initial field work will be conducted under the general supervision of the NWHC Principal Investigators. However, some independent field work may be required and will be performed in conjunction with local collaborators. The student is expected to adhere to appropriate NWHC guidelines and collaborating agency guidelines, follow established procedures, and work in coordination with NWHC staff and collaborators to complete work assignments.

    1. Compensation:

    Compensation is $20.96 - $25.65 per hour depending on education and experience. The student is responsible for all transportation costs to and from the principal duty station (Madison, WI). Costs related to fieldwork travel and occupational health program requirements (protective rabies titer, respirator evaluation and fitting) will be covered by the employer. Student contractors are not eligible for paid leave or federal employee health benefits.

    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 February 2, 2017.

Information for advanced Undergraduates, Graduate Students, and Veterinary Students on Applying for volunteer experience in Wildlife Research or Epidemiology at the National Wildlife Health Center

The Applied Wildlife Health Research and Wildlife Epidemiology and Emerging Diseases Branches at the U.S. Department of the Interior, United States Geological Survey – National Wildlife Health Center, invites applications from students for a non-paid internship in wildlife research or epidemiology.

We do not treat sick or injured wildlife. The only live animals on site are experimental research animals and several small mammal breeding colonies. Occasionally field studies involve the capture, handling and examination of free-ranging wildlife. The NWHC would have suitable opportunities for individuals interested in research on wildlife health and disease issues, microbiology, veterinary care for research animals and small mammal breeding colonies, epidemiology of wildlife diseases, and in the capture and handling of free-ranging wildlife, but not for those interested in the treatment of sick or injured wild animals.

Successful applicants will be required to pass a federal background investigation, and may be required to provide proof of rabies vaccination with protective titer, and provide a letter from their doctor stating they are approved to wear a respirator. Preference is given to candidates that are available full time or part time for extended periods (> 6 months).

To assess the match between your expectations about experiences, knowledge and skills that you will obtain during a volunteer internship and the opportunities that the NWHC has to offer, please provide the following information:

Please e-mail Dr. Katie Richgels at krichgels@usgs.gov (with subject “Research/Epidemiology Externship”):

  1. Curriculum vitae describing your education, training and experiences.
  2. Letter of intent describing your goals for the internship.  Please comment on specific topics on which you are seeking experience, describe your career goals, and explain briefly how your internship at the NWHC will contribute to those goals.
  3. What is expected or required of the organization that sponsors or hosts an intern from your program? For example, will we need to complete an evaluation or provide particular types of training?
  4. What is expected or required of the student? For example, do you need to conduct an independent project and write a report?
  5. The dates of the proposed internship.

Once this information is received, it will be circulated to Center staff and you will be notified by e-mail if selected by a mentor.  Typically we will have a response from the staff within 15 days of receipt of your materials.

Thank you for your interest in NWHC and we look forward to hearing from you.

USGS – National Wildlife Health Center
6006 Schroeder Road
Madison, WI 53711

Tel. 608-270-2400

Information for Veterinary Students on Applying for an Externship in Wildlife Pathology at the National Wildlife Health Center

The Wildlife Disease Diagnostic Laboratories Branch at the U.S. Department of the Interior, United States Geological Survey – National Wildlife Health Center, invites applications from students who have completed their third year of veterinary school for a four to six-week non-paid externship in wildlife pathology.

Primary responsibilities include participation in diagnostic pathology service, including gross and histopathologic evaluation of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians from wildlife mortality events. Successful applicants may also have the opportunity to spend time in Center diagnostic laboratories or with wildlife epidemiologists as interest and availability allows. At the conclusion of the externship, the student will give a presentation to Center staff on a selected wildlife disease topic.

Successful applicants will be required to pass a federal background investigation, provide proof of rabies vaccination with protective titer, and provide a letter from their doctor stating they are approved to wear a respirator.

To assess the match between your expectations about experiences, knowledge and skills that you will obtain during an externship and the opportunities that the NWHC has to offer, please provide the following information:

Please e-mail Dr. Susan Knowles at sknowles@usgs.gov (with subject “Pathology Externship”):

  1. Curriculum vitae describing your education, training and experiences.
  2. Letter of intent describing your goals for the externship.  Please comment on specific topics on which you are seeking experience, describe your career goals, and explain briefly how your externship at the NWHC will contribute to those goals.
  3. What is expected or required of the organization that sponsors or hosts an extern from your program? For example, will we need to complete an evaluation or provide particular types of training?
  4. What is expected or required of the student? For example, do you need to conduct an independent project and write a report?
  5. The dates of the proposed externship.

Once this information is received, it will be circulated to Center pathologists and you will be notified by e-mail if selected by a mentor.  Typically we will have a response from the staff within 15 days of receipt of your materials.

Thank you for your interest in NWHC and we look forward to hearing from you.

USGS – National Wildlife Health Center
6006 Schroeder Road
Madison, WI 53711

Tel. 608-270-2400

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