Wildife Health

All supplies and equipment are supplied by the Wildlife Resources Commission. All work-related travel expenses are paid by the Wildlife Resources Commission. All interns are paid overtime in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards act and agency policy. Please note that housing is the responsibility of the intern.

Project Name: Wildlife Health

Wildlife Veterinary Assistant.The opportunity of a lifetime!


Objective:

  • Assist in several projects regardingwildlife health.
  • Complete wildlife sampling efforts and data gathering.
  • Analyze animal tissue.
  • Produce wildlife sampling and managing protocols.
  • Coordinate sampling efforts in the State.


Project Location:

County: Wake

Location: 1751 Varsity Dr. Raleigh, NC. 27606

Location Description: Raleigh Office

Academic Majors:

Biology, Premed, Prevet, Animal sciences, Zoology, Microbiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

Basic knowledge of biology and word and excel computer programs. The candidate needs to be fluent in English both written and oral. The candidate needs to feel comfortable outdoors regardless of the elements and be able to walk for a mile as well as hike in uneven terrain. The candidate must be able to sit for prolonged hours and have the ability to learn how to use a microscope. The candidate has to feel comfortable around biological and organic tissues and around deceased animals. Rabies and tetanus vaccinations are recommended.

Tasks and Duties:

The intern will support the work of the Wildlife Veterinarian for the State of North Carolina as needed. Work will include tissue collection from wild animals, tissue preparation for shipment, storage and analysis. The intern will have to prepare tissue collected for genetic testing, disease surveillance and fecal flotation. The intern should be prepared to work in the field 20% of the time, with some overnight traveling required. The intern will also work 60% of the time in a laboratory setting and should feel comfortable working with animal tissues such as blood, feces and muscle. When possible, the intern will be encouraged to participate of ongoing projects and field opportunities. The intern will spend 20% of his/her time entering and managing data. Reports and protocols will be a result of the intern's work. This should be an excellent opportunity for students looking to explore the "real life" of a wildlife veterinarian or wildlife disease biologist.


Travel Required:

Intern may have to spend a total of 1 to 5 nights at field locations.


Work Schedule:

Weekdays (M-F);Occasional Weekends; Occasional evening or nighttime hours


Final Product:

  • 1000-2000 Genetic samples prepared for storage and analysis.
  • Raccoon and Black Bear fecal samples screened for Baylisascaris Procyonis.
  • Organization and delivery of a Wildlife Health workshop.
  • Necropsyof at least 5 deer during Herd Health Checks.
  • Creationof sampling protocols.
  • Datacollection and organization.

Knowledge Gained:

  • Working knowledge of the role of a wildlife veterinarian or wildlife disease biologistin a state agency.
  • Working knowledge of fecal sample screening.
  • Working knowledge of field necropsies, tissue collection, storage and shipping.
  • The intern will learn to interpret laboratory reports. The intern will learn how to produce reports with laboratory findings.
  • The intern will learn how to organize a state wide workshop and have an opportunityto network with key wildlife health stakeholders in the state.
  • The intern will learn how to input, organize and interpret field data.
  • The intern may have an opportunity to work with several wildlife  species in the field.

How to Apply:


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