Animal Sciences Career E-Letter

Week of September 20, 2010

Full-time Opportunities
1. R & D Positions
2. Priority One Services


Campus Opportunities
3. Columbian Park Zoo Work Study
4. Animal Behavior Opportunities

5. 2011 International Livestock Congress
6. Professionalism 101
7. Resume Reviews
8. Purdue COA Career Fair

1. R & D Positions

We are currently representing exceptional opportunities in R & D and New Product Development-Innovation with a Fortune 500 meat/poultry processing leader recognized for superior quality products. This organization seeks New Product Development and R & D professionals for positions to be located in Virginia (Tidewater area) and North Carolina (Raleigh Area). Relocation assistance is provided.

In these roles, you will communicate with business management and operations staff at the plant level including QA, Food Safety, and Specification Writers, as well as plant management, purchasing, and R and D, and will be a collaborator; acting as a liaison in communications with internal departments including microbiology, sales, engineering, as well as production management and others.

Well developed organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple projects and work with large volumes of data is essential.

This position is with a successful and diversified Fortune 500 Company that markets their products worldwide and is a leader in meat products. Additionally, this company is recognized for cutting edge technology in their operations, including one of the world's largest, most advanced meat processing operations. This company is ranked as one of the "Most Admired Companies" in the US based on effective leadership and effective employee relations. Their mission is focused on going above and beyond, setting superior standards in areas of social, community, and environmental responsibility. Positions will be located in Virginia and North Carolina and relocation assistance is provided.

A BS in food science, animal science, agricultural science, or culinary training is required and some experience in the meat industry is desired, The ability to work collaboratively in a team environment is essential. Basic knowledge of USDA regulations, HACCP, and GMP requirements is desired.

The qualified candidate will have well developed communication skills, effectively collaborating with others to create high quality solutions. Experience in supervising projects and staff is desired.

The benefits of this opportunity:

In addition, a competitive package of compensation and benefits is provided.


Linda Morrison Brown
Executive Search Consultant
The Lee Group
703 Thimble Shoals Boulevard, Suite B2 Newport News, VA 23606
Direct (757) 240-4543
Tel (757) 873-0792
Cell (804) 854-1763
Linked In Profile:

2. Priority One Service

We are looking for experienced Swine Managers and Swine Technicians to fill various positions in the United States for a contract with a major pharmaceutical company. All positions ar contingent on a successful bid with the pharmaceutical company. All candidates must have a valid US drivers license and have at the minimum a high school diploma or GED. Below are more qualifications:

Swine Managers
At least three years experience working with swine and posses a 2 or 4yr degree in Animal Sciences or related field. They work primarily in barns but may work outdoors in all weather conditions. All technicians are expected to be able to lift 50 pounds and must be physically fit to endure the demands of the job. They must follow safety precautions to avoid injury when working with machinery and tools, wear protective clothing and follow good animal hygiene practices to prevent or control the spread of disease and parasites.

Swine Technicians
At least one year of experience working with swine. They work primarily in barns but may work outside in all weather conditions. All technicians are expected to be able to lift 50 pounds and must be physically fit to endure the demands of the job. They must follow safety precautions to avoid injury, wear protective clothing and follow good animal hygiene practices to prevent or control the spread of diseases and parasites.

All candidates should mail, fax and/or email cover letters and resumes to:
Priority One Services, Inc. Attn: Recruiter
6600 Fleet Dr., Alexandria, VA 22310
Phone: 703-971-5405
Fax: 703-971-5440
Online at

3. Columbian Park Zoo Work Study

We currently have 3 Work Study positions available: Two Zookeeper positions and one Registrar position. These are Work Study positions ONLY and applicants must be available for a couple of shifts (usually 3-4 hour time frame) between the hours of 8:00 am -5:00 pm. Candidates will need to be able to work during the week as well as weekends. We will select energetic and enthusiastic individuals who are detail-oriented and possess effective communication skills. The Zookeeper positions are physically demanding and require good time management skills as well. Candidates for the Registrar position need to be well-organized and will spend much of their shift in an office setting working with our medical records software. The Registrar will interpret documented information and transfer this data to our collection’s permanent records.

Interested candidates will need to submit the following to me via e-mail, fax, or hand delivery by this coming weekend:

Claudine Laufman
Columbian Park Zoo
1915 Scott Street
Lafayette, IN 47904

4. Animal Behavior Opportunities

Our lab always seems to have opportunities for students. I could probable still use about 5-8 students to help finish up my San Diego Zoo project. It would be for 491 credit (not paid). Overall, we are investigating sociobiological, behavioral, and environmental effects on reproductive success and sex-ratio biases in captive zoo animals. The students involved would collect natural history information on specific species by doing a literature review. We are compiling an incredible data base of natural history information to help us with this project, and also to hopefully have as on online resource available to others.
If you want to let your students know, that would be fantastic. They can just email me if they are interested. We appreciate your help.
Collette Thogerson
Phd Student Researcher
Purdue University
Department of Animal Sciences
Animal Behavior and Well-Being
125 S. Russell St.
West Lafayette, IN 47906

5. 2011 International Livestock Congress USA

Please refer to the attached letter and accept as an invitation to assist the International Stockmen's Educational Foundation in recruiting outstanding students for this prestigious fellowship! We would appreciate your help in making the application information available to all qualified students at your respective institution and within your network of peers.

The application deadline is October 1, 2010.

Refer your students/peers to the website to access the application:

6. Professionalism 101

Learn about: Networking, business etiquette, professional dress, transitioning from college to industry.

Sept 28th
4:30-5:30 pm
AGAD Rm 121

7. Resume reviews

In preparation for the career fair and on campus interviewing, another Resume Review for our students to take advantage of. Three industry representatives and myself will be reviewing resumes on September 28th in AGAD room 121 from 11:00-2:00 (Commons Area). The industry representatives are: Dow AgroSciences (Drew Ratterman, Market Sell Workforce Leader and Rosie Pitones-Dunasky, HR Workforce Planning) and Amanda Fagan, Agency Recruiter (MassMutual/WestPoint Financial Group).

8. Purdue COA Career Fair
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Plan to attend this fall!

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