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Title:  Fish & Wildlife Scientist III - Fish Health Biologist

Application Deadline Date:  12/22/2019
Req ID:  3502
Department:  Fish & Wildlife

Randolph Center, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $24.76

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is seeking applications for a Fish Health Biologist (F&W Scientist III) to work in the Fish Health Laboratory located in a brand new, state of the art facility in Randolph Center, VT.  This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated laboratory scientist to advance established methods in fish health testing, conduct research in the fields of fish health and microbiology and expand laboratory capabilities in the future to include disease monitoring of wildlife species. The laboratory is responsible for conducting annual fish health inspections on all state owned and private fish culture stations as well as investigating fish kills and studying fish disease agents in the natural environment.  

Duties for this position involve professional biological work in the field of fish health.  Work will be performed primarily in a laboratory setting and will include collection and processing of fish tissues for disease testing.  This position will be responsible the operation and maintenance of the fish health laboratory including conducting all bacteriology, virology, parasitology and polymerase chain reaction assays in compliance with guidelines set by the Northeast Fish Health Committee, the American Fisheries Society / Fish Health Section (AFS/FHS), and the World Organization of Animal Health.  Additional responsibilities involve occasional travel to field collection sites, assisting in public outreach efforts, report writing, budget preparation and administration of the program's budget, coordination of scheduling between programs of operation, supervision and training of seasonal employees and cross-training of Fish Culture Specialists to ensure smooth operations of the Fish Health Laboratory.  

Experience working in a laboratory setting, developing and implementing methods and protocols in bacterial, viral and parasitological assays, and/or experience with quantitative real-time PCR assays is highly desirable.

The primary duty station for this position will be in Randolph Center, Vermont.  Work requires a high degree of independence and initiative and is performed under the supervision of the Fish Culture Operations Manager.  Employees in this position are expected to obtain and maintain certification as an Aquatic Animal Health Inspector through the AFS/FHS within two years of hire.  Additionally, the successful applicant will be required to obtain an aquatic pesticide applicators license and CPR certification within six months of hire.

Who May Apply

This position, Fish & Wildlife Scientist III - Fish Health Biologist (Job Requisition #3502), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact Cassidy.Shaw@vermont.gov
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed in both an office and a field setting. Field work may require traversing rough terrain and bodies of water in all weather conditions. Duties may require work outside of normal office hours. Attendance is required at a variety of public meetings, hearings, and seminars, where strong adversarial opinions and some hostility may be encountered. Private means of transportation must be available for necessary travel.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree or higher in a natural resources field AND two (2) years or more of experience in a natural resources field.
Bachelor's degree or higher in natural resources field or biology AND four (4) years or more of experience in a natural resources field.
Two (2) years or more as a Fish & Wildlife Scientist II with the State of Vermont.

Total Compensation
As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Opportunity Employer
The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

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