The USGS National Wildlife Health Center is hiring a lead animal services team technician (Biological Sciences Technician-Animal). We are seeking a veterinary technician or laboratory animal technician to lead the animal services team that is responsible for caring for laboratory and wildlife species used in wildlife disease research. This position is a full-time permanent federal position with the US Geological Survey.
Independently provides technical oversight of work force consisting of animal care technicians and students for a wide variety of captive species.
Serves as an integral link between the research and animal care staff by participating in the development and review of animal models, husbandry and research protocols
Manages animal services budget and assesses and tracks animal room charges.
Prepares and maintains detailed and accurate records and checklists that document husbandry practices, experimental results, disinfection certification, and personnel training procedures, ensuring all are in compliance with rules and regulations set forth in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the Animal Welfare Act, the NWHC Animal Care and Use Committee, as well as all safety and environmental regulations and reporting requirements.
Provides training to students, other animal services technicians, and researchers
Develops, assesses and improves husbandry practices for research animals, wildlife, or zoo animals.
Works at Animal Biosafety Level 2 (ABSL2) and Animal Biosafety Level 3 (ABSL3) containment following all applicable biosafety rules and regulations.
The USGS National Wildlife Health Center is the only national center dedicated to wildlife disease detection, control, and prevention in the United States. Our mission is to advance wildlife health science for the benefit of animals, humans, and the environment. The NWHC provides information, technical assistance, and research on national and international wildlife health issues. We monitor and assess the impact of disease on wildlife populations; define ecological relationships leading to the occurrence of disease; transfer technology for disease prevention and control; and provide guidance, training and on-site assistance for reducing wildlife losses.
Through a comprehensive program involving biomedical and ecological expertise and capabilities, the NWHC is a world leader in developing research solutions to the most deadly wildlife diseases, such as avian influenza, white-nose syndrome in bats, and other emerging diseases that have devastated wildlife populations around the world and pose significant public health and economic risks. This includes playing a key role in detecting novel pathogens, developing rapid diagnostic tests, conducting surveillance, and designing methods ...to control these diseases, not only in the United States, but globally. Scientists at the NWHC possess a wide array of expertise and capabilities, including wildlife biology, ecology, statistics, quantitative modeling, epidemiology, veterinary medicine, microbiology, molecular biology, toxicology, and immunology.