Working Title Avian Health Program Specialist
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202101014AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Research Associate I
Number of Vacancies 1
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $38,000-$48,000
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Desired Start Date 10/11/2021
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT)
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.
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
Must have a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain a driver's
license. The successful candidate will be expected to drive a CSU owned
Preferred Job Qualifications
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
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
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.
Conditions of Employment 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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