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Fish Health Biologist

Location: Burlington, Vermont
Company: Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
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Salary: Not Entered
Closing Date: Monday, March 12, 2018
Date Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Master's degree or higher in a natural resources field AND two (2) years or more of experience in a natural resources field. OR Bachelor's degree or higher in natural resources field or biology AND four (4) years or more of experience in a natural resources field. OR Two (2) years or more as a Fish & Wildlife Scientist II with the State of Vermont. Preferred Qualifications The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational skills, experience with fish health testing and diagnostic work, background knowledge and experience in fish culture, be able to work well independently, and the ability to work effectively with partners and members of the public.


The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is seeking applications for a Fish Health Biologist (F&W Scientist III) to work at the department’s Fish Health Laboratory which is temporarily located in Burlington, Vermont but will be permanently located in Randolph, Vermont in approximately one year. Duties for this position involve professional biological work in the field of fish health. The employee will be responsible for the operation and supervision of the department’s Fish Health Laboratory including the administration of the fish health program’s budget. Work may include travel to field sites; collection, processing, and laboratory testing of fish health samples from state fish culture programs, private aquaculture facilities, and the wild; report writing, as well as the training and supervision of others to conduct these activities. Additional responsibilities involve budget preparation, 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, as well as developing and maintaining protocols for the performance of bacterial, viral, and parasitological assays to meet guidelines set by the Northeast Fish Health Committee, the American Fisheries Society / Fish Health Section (AFS/FHS), and the World Organization of Animal Health. Examples of work include ensuring that bacteriology, virology, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) equipment and laboratory components meet necessary standards, ensuring that fish health work is performed in compliance with laboratory protocols and safety standards, maintaining knowledge of laboratory equipment sufficient to perform routine maintenance and repairs, overseeing or participating in research activities or laboratory upgrade projects as assigned, assisting in public outreach efforts, providing technical guidance to private and state fish culture programs, and coordinating with other biological staff inside and outside of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. This primary duty station for this position will be temporarily located at the interim Fish Health Laboratory in Burlington with the expectation of a permanent primary duty station at a new laboratory complex which is currently under construction in Randolph, Vermont. Construction is anticipated to be complete in one (1) year. Work 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.
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