HSSL10-07186-Wildlife Disease Biologist-Laramie

Focus Area: Wildlife & Wildlands
Institution Name: Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Location: Laramie, WY
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Compensation: $4,506.00-$5,632.00 Monthly


Provides wildlife disease diagnostic resources, surveillance, and research assistance to Department employees and other state and federal agencies. This position assists in managing statewide disease surveillance programs for brucellosis, chronic wasting disease (CWD), and other diseases of terrestrial wildlife. Responsible for sample collection, processing and testing using laboratory procedures and equipment, as well as reporting results to sportspersons and agency personnel.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed at the job level.

  • Coordinates and conducts annual statewide surveillance for various wildlife diseases; including biological sample kit assembly, specimen collection under field conditions, processing and testing of biological specimens including blood, tissues and fluids.
  • Performs microbiological culture of tissues and fluids for various zoonotic pathogens, including Brucella abortus.
  • CWD Surveillance including; sample kit assembly, data entry/management, tissue collection, processing, testing, and reporting. Must maintain annual CWD testing (ELISA) certification.
  • Conducts and is annually certified in standard federal Brucella abortus serological tests.
  • Develops, maintains and adheres to standard operating procedures, quality control nonconformance documentation and corrective action reports on diagnostic assays and laboratory equipment to meet ISO 17025 and NAHLN requirements.
  • Submission of laboratory casework using databases, spreadsheets and LIMS programs.
  • Dissemination of laboratory results by communicating with sportspersons, agency personnel and numerous state and federal agencies.
  • Designs and manages wildlife disease databases, spreadsheets, tables, statistical programs and reports.
  • Analyzes reports, scientific publications and articles for the development and validation of new PCR, microbiological and serological laboratory assays.
  • Retrieval of big and trophy game carcasses and other wildlife species from a variety of locations using a four-wheel drive pickup and electric winch.
  • Collection of specimens for diagnostic testing from carcasses or live animals under field conditions in adverse weather conditions and steep terrain.


Preference will be given to individuals with a Master's degree in microbiology or molecular biology and at least two years' diagnostic laboratory experience with specimens/testing, as well as client communication.
**Must have a valid drivers license.


  • Knowledge of veterinary laboratory diagnostic techniques, interpretation, evaluation and confirmation of laboratory results, as well as excellent troubleshooting skills.
  • Outstanding laboratory organizational skills in sample tracking through testing, reporting and storage.
  • Ability to be flexible in time schedule to perform tasks in the laboratory and field to meet deadlines and complete casework in a timely manner.
  • Ability to initiate daily tasks and work independently with excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to adhere to rigid laboratory standard operating procedures and quality controls, as well as a working knowledge of QA/QC requirements of ISO-17025 / NAHLN /AAVLD.
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite, proficient with word processing, databases and spreadsheets; knowledge of statistical analysis, and report generation.
  • Knowledge of ArcGIS, and other topographic software programs such as AllTopo.
  • Knowledge of proper laboratory safety precautions and procedures when handling zoonotic pathogens.
  • Working knowledge and developed skills in DNA extraction PCR diagnostic assays, and PCR troubleshooting, optimization, and protocol development.
  • Knowledge of both live and dead animal handling and specimen collection techniques.
  • Well-developed skills in interpersonal relations, oral and written communications, work prioritization, teamwork and decision making.
  • Ability to professionally interact with the public, University of Wyoming faculty and staff, Departmental personnel, and representatives of various state and federal agencies.
  • Willing to travel and work independently with little or no supervision.

Education: Bachelor's Degree (typically in Science )
Experience: 1-2 years of progressive work experience (typically in a medical or environmental laboratory) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Laboratory Scientist II
Education & Experience Substitution: 4-6 years of progressive work experience (typically in a medical or environmental laboratory ) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Laboratory Scientist II
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: None


  • Ability to work outside in various weather conditions and terrain.
  • Ability to operate a 4 wheel-drive vehicle in various weather and road conditions.
  • Ability to lift fifty (50) pounds or more without assistance.
  • Ability to wear and work while wearing a respirator (PAPR, N95)


  • Must be able to become federally certified in B.abortus serology and CWD testing (ELISA) by October 31, 2018.
  • Travel is required.


  • FLSA: Exempt
  • Goal to interview in early January 2018 and hire by February 2018.

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Geiser, Jessica

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