Rebecca Ballard

  • The USGS National Wildlife Health Center

    The USGS National Wildlife Health Center is the only federal science center dedicated to wildlife disease detection, control, and prevention in the United States. Our mission is to advance wildlife health science for the benefit of animals, humans, and the environment. The NWHC provides information, technical assistance, and research on national and international wildlife health issues. We monitor and assess the impact of disease on wildlife populations; define ecological relationships leading to the occurrence of disease; transfer technology for disease prevention and control; and provide guidance, training and on-site assistance for reducing wildlife losses.
    <br>The USGS National Wildlife Health Center
  • Biologist

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    We are looking for two candidates to work on zoonotic disease surveillance in wildlife.

    How to Apply
    The positions are offered as federal term-limited biologists in the general schedule at levels 11 or 12 (short hand, this is GS-0401-11/12 TERM). This generally means you need a master’s or PhD in biological sciences (if master’s, then relevant experience is used to meet the grade level requirements). TERMs are 13 month appointments that can be extended up to 4 years. The positions will report to the Chief of the Ecology and Epidemiology Branch.

    The primary duties will be:
    • Coordinate national surveillance for zoonotic diseases in wildlife
    • Review and synthesize existing literature on zoonotic diseases
    • Build and maintain partner relationships (One Health and wildlife specific) around national surveillance programs
    • Manage the entire life cycle of the project from planning, implementation, coordination, data management and analysis, and through communication of result
    • Analyze scientific data resulting from national surveillance activities
    • Communicate results and impacts of national surveillance activities to broad audiences including the public, other health sectors, and wildlife managers
    • Write scientific and informational products
    • Participate as an epidemiologist in opportunistic morbidity and mortality surveillance and outbreak investigations
    • Implement high quality data management practices, including quality control and assurance within NWHCs laboratory information management system and wildlife health information sharing partnership - event reporting system (

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