Gorilla Doctors, an organization that provides life-saving veterinary care to wild endangered mountain and Grauer’s gorillas in east-central Africa, seeks a full-time Chief Veterinary & Scientific Officer to help plan, lead and coordinate veterinary, technical and scientific elements of the program. Based at the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center at the University of California, Davis under the supervision of the Executive Director of Gorilla Doctors, and with an emphasis on operations, capacity-strengthening and achievement of strategic goals, this position will:

  • Supervise and support (on site and remotely) Gorilla Doctors veterinary and technical teams based in Rwanda, Uganda and eastern DR Congo;
  • Provide guidance and input on gorilla (and other wildlife) clinical case management and diagnostics;
  • Develop Gorilla Doctors’ Health Research Plans for mountain and Grauer’s gorillas, and support Gorilla Doctors staff in implementation of the plan;
  • Mentor staff in scientific study design, data collection/analysis, and manuscript preparation;
  • Oversee development and deployment of a digital daily gorilla health monitoring data collection system for use by park personnel;
  • Establish a biobank inventory system;
  • Establish a computerized clinical records-keeping system;
  • Secure funding for research through new grants and contracts;
  • Seek and steward collaborations with outside researchers;
  • Ensure field teams are fully equipped and supplied for clinical case management, diagnostics and research; and
  • Determine staff training needs and identify training opportunities for staff.

Minimum requirements include a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree acquired from an accredited university and a MSc degree in epidemiology, pathology, microbiology, ecology, or a highly-relevant discipline. Preferred qualifications include a PhD degree, at least 10 years of post-grad experience in wildlife health, conservation, and/or research; and written and spoken English fluency.

A more comprehensive description of responsibilities and qualifications, and instructions for applying, can be found HERE. Applications received by 5 pm (Pacific) October 5, 2022 will receive first consideration, but the position will be open until filled. Questions may be directed to the Gorilla Doctors Executive Director: kvgilardi (at) ucdavis.edu.