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Poultry Health Specialist - West Lafayette, IN - Animal Science

Job Number: 1300059

Description

Provide coordination and implementation of the Indiana State Poultry Association (ISPA) NPIP program. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: program planning and development; disease prevention, biosecurity, and emergency planning for Indiana's poultry industry; communication of the NPIP requirements to poultry producers; and hatchery, farm, plant, and certified lab visits to ensure compliance with state and federal guidelines. The position is a great opportunity for an individual that enjoys travel and the interaction with Indianaís poultry industry, but also would like to have the working relationship of a supportive and engaged office. Travel is mainly in-state, some overnight, but the individual will be on the road about 2-3 days each week. In addition, there will be opportunities for national travel (NPIP meetings, disease exercises, etc.).

Qualifications

Required:

Bachelor's degree in Animal Science, Ag Education, Food Science, Biology or related field.

One year of agricultural production and animal handling experience, or family farm experience.

Masterís degree in the one of the abovementioned areas will be considered as an equivalent combination of education and experience. (Students who will graduate in the spring of 2013 are encouraged to apply).

Willingness and desire to assist Indiana's poultry producers in implementing rules and guidelines through strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.

Ability to obtain a thorough knowledge of the USDA National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) provisions.

Independent judgment and problem solving skills with company owners and management, as well as government, university, and laboratory personnel.

Business savvy and an understanding of the potential impact of business decisions.

Leadership, management, and negotiation skills.

Ability to develop educational materials and achieve results with a diverse audience.

Ability to lift and carry 10-25 pounds frequently and up to 40 pounds occasionally.

Proficiency in software: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook/Electronic Email.

Preferred:

Working knowledge of agricultural production.

Skilled in animal handling and the ability to perform lab sampling on animals.

Knowledge of poultry disease prevention, production, and regulations that affect the poultry industry.

Additional Information:

This position involves travel on average of 2-3 days per week.

A background check and Motor Vehicle Records check will be required for employment in this position.

FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime).

Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution Waiting Period.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity, equal access, affirmative action employer.

 

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