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Job Title: Animal Health Planner - Riley Co.      (to directly link to this job posting, copy this link)   
Req. No:190852
Agency:Kansas Dept of Agriculture
Posting Type:External
Applications accepted through: 
Job Description:

The Animal Health Planner will work within the Division of Animal Health at the Kansas Department of Agriculture to develop, write, and review plans related to livestock health and biosecurity with an emphasis on preparedness activities and continuity of business during an animal disease outbreak. Ensure that Secure Food Supply (SFS) plans are researched and developed to incorporate applicable priority planning elements; provide technical assistance to livestock, dairy, and poultry production partners, processors, transporters, and allied industries; collaborate with regional and national agricultural coalitions on SFS planning and preparedness efforts; assist with training and exercise planning, design, development, conduct, and evaluation.

This position seeks, writes, coordinates, and administers applicable SFS grants and cooperative agreements, coordinates the activities of consultants, private industry, and governmental agencies, and serves as an SFS technical and/or planning expert so that department and industry SFS plans are fully developed and exercised. Collaborates with federal, state, and private industry planners, coordinates activities of intergovernmental working groups and private industry. Serves as the "lead worker" coordinating department SFS planning, training, and exercise activities. Supervises interns hired to develop plans with industry partners.

Develop, coordinate, and provide technical assistance tools, templates, and other materials to KDA emergency management staff to ensure consistent development of animal health components of the Kansas Response Plan and the Food and Agriculture Incident Annex. Work closely with livestock industry, exercise planners, and other staff to ensure corrective actions from animal health exercises and responses to real incidents are incorporated into the appropriate plans. Develop background information, compile documents, and prepare and deliver presentations that explain KDA's animal health preparedness and response strategies, protocols and policies/procedures to private industry, associations, local, state, and federal agencies to explain Kansas animal health emergency preparedness and planning and its relationship to all-hazard comprehensive emergency management.

Serve as a member of the KDA Incident Management Team as a member of the permitting branch. Assist in the completion of assignments as directed by the supervisor within the requested time frame. Collaborate with emergency managers and regional partners to develop tools to be utilized for the permitted movement of animals and animal products during a disease incident. In the event of an emergency, business interruption, or other threat to the agency or the continuity of regular business, the employee may be required to perform other duties as assigned.

Salary: $40,000 - $60,000/Year

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; agriculture or related field is preferred.
  • Experience in a livestock related environment that demonstrates the acquisition of knowledge, ability and skill required to perform the job duties
  • Ability to use computer software, including, but not limited to: Microsoft Excel, Word and Powerpoint
  • Excellent communication skills including public speaking, writing documents and correspondence and the ability to provide educational outreach.
  • Valid driver’s license required. 

The application process has 3 STEPS.

STEP 1:  Register by completing the online Personal Data Form.  (Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID number.)

STEP 2:  Complete the State of Kansas Application Form and submit to the Kansas Department of Agriculture.  If you prefer to mail your application, please send to: Kansas Department of Agriculture, Human Resources, Attention: Kelsey Senn 1320 Research Park Dr.  Manhattan, KS 66502.

STEP 3:  Email these additional required documents to Kelsey Senn at  Include the job requisition number and your last name in the subject line.

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
  • Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate

KANSAS TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED: Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue's website at . A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual's account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days. All applicants, including current state employees, are responsible for submitting a valid certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency.  This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785-296-3199.

Recruiter Contact:

Name: Kelsey Senn
Phone: (785) 564-6712
Fax: (785) 564-6777

How You Will Be Evaluated:

Your application will be considered incomplete and you may be found ineligible if you fail to submit all required documentation.  Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the qualifications of the position.  Next, your application will be evaluated based on selection criteria and competencies for the position. The Kansas Department of Agriculture is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Class/Uncl: U    Full/Part Time: F    Grade 001    Hiring Rate: $0.00    Pay Frequency: Biweekly   

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