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Colorado State CPW Aquatic Veterinarian - Brush in Morgan County, Colorado

CPW Aquatic Veterinarian - Brush




CPW Aquatic Veterinarian - Brush


$82,980.00 - $89,232.00 Annually


Morgan County, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Department of Natural Resources

Job Number

PMA 02099 01/2021


1/26/2021 5:00 PM Mountain

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Department Information


If your goal is to invest in a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR) ( . Our professionals are committed to supporting state government and the citizens of Colorado.

Our mission is to develop, preserve, and enhance the state’s natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future citizens and visitors. In an effort to build diversity and inclusion, we welcome applications from applicants of diverse backgrounds and abilities.


Our Mission is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system, and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado's natural resources. Colorado Parks and Wildlife ( .

Description of Job

This position is part of a work unit that exists to provide fish health diagnostics, fish disease inspection services, aquatic veterinary services, fish health research, and extension services to the CPW fish culture facilities and the state's wild fisheries. Provides leadership and direction in the formulation of fish disease management plans, policies and regulations to effectively protect Colorado's fishery resources. The work unit monitors and ensures compliance with state and federal fish health regulations and regulations regarding the use of drug therapies in fish.

Duties of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Providing diagnostic, therapeutic, and veterinary services to Colorado's fishery resources including the state hatchery system and free-ranging fisheries

  • Managing good aquaculture practices as part of the effort to prevent aquaculture related fish disease

  • Assisting as needed with laboratory procedures including bacteriology, parasitology, virology, and molecular biology

  • Inspecting state aquaculture facilities and free-ranging fish populations for fish diseases and physical requirements in accordance with state regulations and national protocols

  • Implementing integrative and preventative medicine specifically targeted toward population health

  • Traveling to state hatcheries and field sites to assist in biosecurity, fish health preventative measures, extension services, etc.

  • Serving on-call one to two weekends per month for fish health issues

  • Providing veterinary prescriptions for therapeutants and Veterinary Feed Directive drugs used by state aquaculture facilities and aquatic biologists

  • Maintaining the Food and Drug Administration-mandated records of drugs used

  • Supervising drug recommendations by non-veterinary staff

  • Maintaining a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship required for use of approved drugs

  • Tracking federal drug policy and compliance regarding the legal use of drugs in aquaculture, new drug approvals, and change in use status for drugs

  • Monitoring drug withdrawal requirements

  • Reviewing, recommending, and/or drafting fish health regulations and policies, if necessary, for consideration by CPW administrators and the Colorado Fish Health Board.

  • Attending meetings in an assistance and advisory capacity and conducting education of state aqua culturists and aquatic biologists on aquatic diseases

  • Serving as a study monitor for the Investigational New Animal Drug (INAD) Program coordinated by the FDA for the design of study trials and use of INAD drugs and substances in the state hatchery system and in the field, when applicable

  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Colorado.

Conditions of Employment

  • Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire.

  • Must be willing and able to maintain a current veterinary license in good standing in Colorado according to Colorado Department of Regulatory Agency requirements, including continuing education

  • Must be willing and able to maintain USDA Veterinary Accreditation in order to work with federal and state animal health officials

  • Must be willing and able to possess and maintain a valid state of Colorado driver's license

  • Must be willing and able to tolerate exposure to extreme weather, wet and/or humid conditions, radiant energy, and toxic or caustic chemicals

  • Must be willing and able to maintain an on-call status which is shared with other fish pathologist to be available for fish kill investigations, certain law enforcement forensic support duties, and hatchery fish health emergencies

  • Must be willing and able to travel statewide, varying from 5-10 days/month including day and overnight trips

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as an aquatic veterinarian

  • Experience in fish health

  • Experience with microbiological procedures including bacteriology, parasitology, virology, and molecular biology

  • Doctorate degree and experience in aquaculture, fisheries, and/or wildlife


It is recommended that you contact the Human Resources Specialist listed below to resolve issues related to your possession of minimum qualifications. However, if you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at ( .

A standard appeal form is available at: ( . If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information


The Colorado Constitution requires all appointments and promotions in the state personnel system to be made according to merit and fitness. Your on-line application will be reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist and/or Subject Matter Expert to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position.

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, a medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to eligible military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

The Department of Natural Resources is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Anna Kargobai-Murray, at or call 303-866-2667 x8647.

Please note that ONLY your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening (minimum qualification review); your resume and cover letter and transcripts will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process including the comparative analysis. All required application materials must be submitted at the time of application. It is paramount that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience on the application itself. Applications left blank or marked "SEE RESUME" or SEE ATTACHED will not be considered and read in lieu of the properly detailed and completed on-line application

Upon meeting the minimum qualifications, the next phase of the assessment process will consist of a Structured Application/Resume Review. Utilizing your detailed on-line application, resume, and cover letter and transcripts (include transcripts if substituting education for experience), the review is a comparative analysis against the listed required competencies, job duties and/or preferred qualifications in this announcement to determine technical competence, depth and breadth of experience and job fit and in comparison to all other applicants for this position.

Comparative analysis factors to be assessed:

  • Technical Competence – Technical experience as it relates to the duties outlined in this job announcement.

  • Depth and Breadth of Experience – Experience that covers multiple areas outlined in this job announcement; varied and not one dimensional; and demonstrate progressively higher level of responsibility with a wide range.

  • Job Fit – Experience evaluated to determine how well your experience aligns with and meets the business needs of this position. Current/recent experience is preferred.

Upload additional pages if necessary to detail your experience and accomplishments. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the deadline for application may result in your application not being accepted for this position and may affect your inclusion in future steps in the assessment process.

ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Anna Kargobai-Murray at anna, or 303-866-2667 x 8647 at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and the type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

E-Verify: The Department of Natural Resources participates in E-Verify in accordance with the program's Right to Work for all newly-hired employees. Employees are queried through the electronic system established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify identity and employment eligibility. You may complete section 1 of the I-9 form upon your acceptance of a job offer letter, but no later than your first day of employment and in addition, on your first day, but no later than the third day, you are required to submit original documents to verify your eligibility to work in the U.S. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities at

Toll–Free Applicant Support - Technical Help

If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV at 855-524-5627, Mon-Fri between 6 AM and 6 PM (Pacific Time). The Human Resources Office will be unable to assist with technical issues.

Helpful hints: If you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files and close the document before you attempt to upload (attach) it.