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Job Opportunity: Scientific Assistant, Fish Hatcheries Health

Location: Pullman, WA (with 50% regional travel)

The Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL) seeks a scientific assistant to work cooperatively with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Region Olympia Fish Health Center (USFWS) to protect fish health on federal and partner fish hatcheries.


The aim of this position is preventing disease outbreaks by working through hatchery staff to improve husbandry methods and biosecurity, and by assisting USFWS in conducting fish health inspections required by USFWS policy, state laws, co-manager agreements, and other regional policies.

Primary duties include the oversight, collection, and submission of tissue samples for health testing, and coordinating diagnostic cases between federal hatcheries and the Olympia Fish Health Center. While at the WADDL, primary duties will include the validation of new aquatic diagnostic assays and submitting research for peer-reviewed publication.

Required Qualifications:
A Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline and three (3) years of progressively responsible related professional research experience. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. A Master’s degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline may be substituted for up to one year of the required work experience.
Additional Requirements:
• Advanced degree in microbiological sciences or Bachelor’s degree in similar discipline and equivalent experience.
• Minimum of 2 years experience in an aquatic diagnostic laboratory.
• Familiarity with laboratory procedures required for official health inspection of aquatic animals.
• Willing to participate in continuing education in the field of aquatic animal health.
Preferred Qualifications:
• DVM. and/or microbiological / biological sciences.
• Certification as Fish Health Inspector, American Fisheries Society.

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.

For the full posting details, including qualifications, benefits, salary, and application process, click here.

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