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Assistant State Veterinarian (PCN 187759)

State of Alaska
Eagle River, Alaska, US
Closing date
Jun 20, 2024

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Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Job Description


The recruitment period for this vacancy has been extended to allow for the starting salary to be updated to reflect advertising up to D step.

This position is open to All Applicants

What you will be doing:

The Assistant State Veterinarian supports the state's veterinary programs to control and eradicate communicable animal diseases, to regulate the production and distribution of dairy products, and to regulate growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce. This position manages the Grade 'A' Dairy program, the Produce Safety program, and the Animal Disease Traceability program. The Assistant State Veterinarian also investigates animal morbidity and mortality events, and manages voluntary disease certification programs such as tuberculosis, brucellosis, and chronic wasting disease, in accordance with state regulations and federal program standards. This person is responsible for grant and cooperative agreement applications and management. This person performs the duties of the State Veterinarian when the State Veterinarian is absent. This is a dynamic position that works within a One Health framework. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with exceptional organizational, communication, and critical thinking skills to join our team.

Please note: This position may qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

Some moving expenses to move to Anchorage may qualify for reimbursement.

Our organization, mission, and culture:

The Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Health works to ensure environmental protection, safe food, and safe drinking water for all Alaskans. The Office of the State Veterinarian works within the One Health model to carry out a wide variety of programs to protect animal and human health. This safeguards the health and food capacity of Alaska's livestock and poultry and prevents the transmission of animal disease to humans. This position is key to protecting public health and animal health, supporting agriculture producers, and ensuring safe and wholesome milk and milk products and fresh produce are sold to the public.

The benefits of joining our team:

At the Department of Environmental Conservation, we value more than just technical expertise. We seek employees who demonstrate initiative, strong interpersonal skills, good outreach and communication skills, and can adapt to a dynamic, changing work environment while maintaining a focus on protecting human and animal health, and the environment. The Assistant State Veterinarian is an integral part of the small team that comprises the Office of the State Veterinarian. The position may qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Some moving expenses to move to Anchorage may be reimbursed.

The working environment you can expect:

Duties will include regular fieldwork for sample collection; agricultural and livestock producer engagement; performing morbidity/mortality investigations including necropsies and sample preparation in the lab; representing Alaska at various state and national events; and routine office work and general supervisory duties.

The Environment Health Laboratory/Office of the State Veterinarian is in its own building near the U-Med district in Anchorage. There is easy, free parking. It is close to public transportation and local restaurants with sidewalks and access to Far North Bicentennial Park and Campbell Tract trails. The EHL also has bike racks and shower facilities for those that use alternate transportation or take advantage of lunch time exercise (walk, run, ski, bike, etc.). There are many wildlife viewing opportunities right from the office.

We are looking for a candidate that has experience in the following areas:

This position requires a set of competencies that will contribute to your success and help you thrive in a rewarding work environment. Here are some of the key areas we are looking for:

* Extensive knowledge of the general principles and practices of professional veterinary medicine.
* Thorough knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to animal health, livestock husbandry and food production and poultry health.
* Thorough knowledge of microbiology, parasitology, pathology, immunology, serology, and other sciences applicable to disease problems and prevention, control or eradication programs.
* Considerable knowledge of livestock management, animal welfare, and wildlife and environmental factors contributing to animal health problem; and
* Ability to work with a high degree of independence.

Special Notice:

* Driver's License Required
* An individual, without an Alaska veterinary license, who meets the eligibility requirements for licensure as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in the State of Alaska may apply for the position. An applicant qualifying under this option may receive a job offer conditional upon completion of the licensing requirement. Proof of licensure will be required prior to reporting for duty.
* Please email the hiring manager to request the Position Description or to ask other questions.
* This position requires frequent travel, approximately 4-8 in-state trips each year, and 2-4 out-of-state trips each year.

Minimum Qualifications

Licensure as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine by the State of Alaska;


Two years of professional experience in veterinary medicine for large animals;


Successful completion of the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's National Veterinary Accreditation Program.

Special Note:

An individual, without an Alaska license, who meets the eligibility requirements for licensure as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in the State of Alaska may apply for a vacancy. An applicant qualifying under this option may receive a job offer conditional upon completion of the licensing requirement. Proof of licensure will be required prior to reporting for duty.

Additional Required Information

A cover letter is required for this position.


* A cover letter no longer than 2 pages outlining the applicant's experience with the desired competencies listed above is required to qualify for an interview.
* Two most recent performance evaluations. Supervisor letter of recommendation may be used as a substitute for each evaluation that is unavailable.


* Contact information for three (3) professional References that have knowledge of your experience and ability for the position. At least two (2) of the references must be from a current or former supervisor.


The cover letter should be no longer than 2 pages outlining the applicant's experience with the desired competencies listed above is required to qualify for an interview.

The cover letter will be considered as a writing sample, and it will be used, in part, to determine which applicants advance to the interview phase of the recruitment.

Please attach the cover letter as a separate document to your application before applying online. If unable to attach to your application, email or fax the cover letter to the contact number provided in the job posting prior to the closing date of this recruitment. Your cover letter will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process. Omission of any required documentation will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration.


The State's online recruitment system, Workplace Alaska, requires applicants to certify that they have a legal right to accept employment in the United States. It is the responsibility of the employee to maintain the appropriate documentation to accept or continue legal employment. The State of Alaska does not function in the role as an employer sponsor.


To verify education is being used to meet and/or support the required minimum qualifications/competencies, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials used to meet or support the minimum qualifications/competencies for a position and are required with each application. (Unofficial is okay; please ensure the institution/URL name is listed on the transcripts). Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview; if not, transcripts will be required before employment.


Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Omission of required documentation listed will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration.

NOTE: The State of Alaska does not provide VISA Employer sponsorships.


When using work experience not already documented in your application, please provide the employer's name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported, and minimum qualifications are clearly met. Work experience needed to meet the minimum qualifications must be documented in the application. If the application does not support minimum qualifications, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment. A resume will not be used to determine that minimum qualifications have been met for the position in which you are applying.

If you are currently or previously been appointed to a flexibly staffed position, please ensure your work experience within a flexibly staffed position indicates the actual dates employed at each level. Ensure your time and any subsequent flex promotion(s) are documented as a separate position. This is required as there are minimum qualifications that require experience at a particular level in which the lower level may not be considered. If this information is not accurately reflected in your application this may cause the processing of your application for consideration to be delayed.

NOTE: Attaching a resume or curriculum vitae is not an alternative to filling out the application in its entirety. Noting "see resume or CV" or any similar response on any portion of your application may lead to a determination your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job posting.


This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.


You can ONLY apply for this position through the Workplace Alaska website or via hardcopy application. If you accessed this recruitment bulletin through a job search portal such as AlaskaJobs or any other database, you MUST use a Workplace Alaska online or hardcopy application to successfully apply. Instructions on how to apply with Workplace Alaska may be found on the Workplace Alaska "How to Apply" webpage, found here:


Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095. If you choose to be contacted by email, please ensure your email address is correct on your application and that the spam filter will permit email from the '' domains. For information on allowing emails from the '' domains, visit the Lost Password Help page located at:


The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or (907) 465-4095 in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-800-770-8973 or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P.O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.


Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to

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Contact Information

For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager:

Sarah Coburn

State Veterinarian


Careers with the State of Alaska offer MANY benefits

The following information describes typical benefits available to employees of the State of Alaska. Actual benefits received may differ by bargaining unit or branch of government, position type, or be prorated for other than full time work.

For a quick breakdown of the insurance, health, and retirement benefits available for State Employees you can view an orientation video from Division of Retirement and Benefits. (Please note this video is specifically designed for new State Employees.)

Insurance Benefits

* Health insurance, which includes employer contributions toward medical/vision/dental
* The following employee groups are under AlaskaCare Benefits administered by the State: See for additional information.
* Confidential
* Correctional Officers
* Marine Engineers
* Mt. Edgecumbe Teachers
* Supervisory
* Unlicensed Vessel Personnel/Inland Boatman's Union
* Exempt employees (not covered by collective bargaining)

The following employee groups are covered by Union health trusts. Contact the appropriate Union for additional information.

* General Government
* Labor, Trades and Crafts
* Public Safety Employees Association
* Masters, Mates & Pilots

Employer paid Basic Life insurance with additional coverage available (amount depends on Bargaining Unit)

Optional Insurance Benefits

* Group-based insurance premiums for
* Term life (employee, spouse or qualified same sex partner, and dependents)
* Long-term and short-term disability
* Accidental Death and Dismemberment
* Long-term care (self and eligible family members)
* Supplemental Survivor Benefits

Employee-funded flexible spending accounts for tax savings on eligible health care or dependent care expenses

Retirement Benefits

* Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Teachers' Retirement System (TRS)
* Matching employer contribution into a defined contribution program (new employees)
* Employer contribution into a defined benefit or defined contribution program (current employees)
* Contributions to the Alaska Supplemental Annuity Plan in lieu of contributions to Social Security
* Option to enroll in the Alaska Deferred Compensation Program
* Note: The Defined Contribution Plan, Supplemental Annuity Plan and Deferred Compensation Program offer a variety of investment options

See for additional information

Paid Leave & Other Benefits

* Personal leave with an accrual rate increase based on time served
* Eleven paid holidays a year

Agency State of Alaska

Address PO Box 110201

Juneau, Alaska, 99811

Phone (800) 587-0430 (Statewide toll-free number)

(907) 465-4095 (Juneau and out-of-state callers)


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