Under the direction of the Wildlife Division Deputy Director, the Wildlife Division Veterinarian is responsible for developing and managing all aspects of the Division Wildlife Health Program including: field operations, policy development and implementation, wildlife health related research and training, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) certification compliance (including staff training and oversight), providing guidance and consultation to staff on humane animal care best practices, and other veterinarian duties as required. Coordinates extensively with other Wildlife Health Program staff. Work includes but is not limited to: overseeing and coordinating veterinary activities and disease control functions, providing consultative services, investigating incidents of animal disease, disseminating information on disease control and eradication, designing and conducting field studies to collect biological samples (such as blood) for disease surveillance, outbreak/mortality event investigations, health assessments of wild species, overseeing the capture and chemical immobilization/anesthetic procedures used, and conducting necropsies (animal autopsies) on animals found dead to determine causes of mortality and to screen for important diseases. May supervise the work of others. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division and Branch rules, regulations and procedures. NOTE: Selected candidate must reside within 120 miles of Austin, Texas.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine (DVM).
Experience: Veterinarian III: Two years experience in wildlife veterinary work.
Veterinarian IV: Five years experience working with free-ranging wildlife populations as a wildlife veterinarian.
Licensure: Must possess or be able to obtain, within 30 days of employment, a valid class “C” Texas driver’s license; Must possess or be able to obtain, within one year of employment, a State of Texas Veterinary license issued by the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners; Must possess or be able to obtain, within one year of employment, a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Controlled Substance Registration Certificate. NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon obtaining and maintaining required licenses and certification.
ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUTIONS: Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with an M.S. degree or Ph.D. in one or more of the following fields of study may substitute for one year of experience in wildlife veterinary work: microbiology, pathology, epidemiology, wildlife biology, wildlife management, wildlife ecology, or closely related field in natural resource management.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree or higher in wildlife biology, wildlife management, wildlife ecology or closely related field in natural resource management with major coursework (24 hours minimum) in wildlife/habitat conservation, management and/or research; Graduation from an accredited college or university with an M.S. degree or Ph.D. microbiology, pathology, epidemiology, public health, or closely related field of study.
Experience: Veterinarian III: Significant experience in wildlife epidemiology and disease control; Experience working or volunteering at a wildlife agency.
Veterinarian IV: Five years experience working with free-ranging wildlife populations as a wildlife veterinarian specializing in one or more of the following areas: epidemiology, pathology, infectious diseases, toxicology, reproductive biology, pharmacology, translocation, anesthesiology, endangered species management and reintroductions, public health, or clinical medicine.; Two years experience working at a state wildlife agency.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of general veterinary principles, practices, and procedures; Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, pathology, bacteriology, virology, toxicology, and genetics for a wide range of host and vector species (domestic and captive and free-ranging wild animals); Knowledge of wildlife diseases/disease management and the impacts on wildlife populations (captive and free ranging); Knowledge of domestic and wild animal disease investigations, prevention, control and management; Knowledge of native Texas Wildlife species, biological principles and wildlife management techniques; Knowledge of State of Texas and federal regulations, rules, procedures and processes concerning veterinary practices, disease, chemical immobilization, pharmaceuticals (including controlled substances), and intrastate and interstate transportation of wildlife; Knowledge of research design, statistical analyses, technical and popular report writing; Skill in using MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook; Skill in effective verbal and written communication; Skill in administrative management including the establishment of statewide priorities, committee leadership, and delegation as required to ensure success in achieving Division Wildlife Health Program goals and objectives; Skill in communicating clearly, on a broad range of wildlife health issues; Skill in collecting, analyzing and reporting advanced scientific data; Skill in coordinating with department personnel, other governmental agencies, and organizations; Skill in effective interaction with staff at all levels of the department and other State agencies and organizations; Skill in establishing priorities and planning processes; Skill in using analytical software applications and veterinary software applications;
Veterinarian III: Ability to exercise initiative and work both independently and as a team member; Ability to properly manage a budget; Ability to supervise and coordinate research activities or special projects; Ability to train other staff and volunteers in wildlife health program procedures to achieve Division Wildlife Health Program objectives; Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program; Ability to perform highly advanced (senior-level) veterinary work; Ability to work under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment;
Veterinarian IV: Abilities of Veterinarian III; PLUS: Ability to perform highly advanced and/or supervisory (senior-level) veterinary work.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Must reside within 120 miles of Austin, Texas; Required to work 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; Required to work on holidays, weekends, and hours other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as necessary; Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions; Required to operate a State vehicle; Required to travel 50% with possible overnight stays; Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.
To manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
In fulfilling our mission, we will: Be a recognized national leader in implementing effective natural resources conservation and outdoor recreational programs; Serve the state of Texas, its citizens, and our employees with the highest standards of service, professionalism, fairness, courtesy, and respect; Rely on the best available science to guide our conservation decisions; Responsibly manage agency finances and appropriations to ensure the most efficient and effective use of tax-payer and user fee resources; Attract and retain the best, brightest, and most talented workforce to successfully execute our mission.