Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

Staff Serpentologist

West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
Closing Date
not provided

BTG is a growing international specialist healthcare company. Our mission is to bring to market medical products that meet the needs of specialist healthcare physicians and their patients. We have an exciting opportunity for a Staff Serpentologist.

The Staff Serpentologist assists the other Serpentologist, the Senior Veterinary Medical Supervisor/Venom Analyst/EHS/AEW/QMS/RISK-Coordinator and the Assistant Manager/Herpetologist in the care and maintenance of pit viper specimens after an appropriate period of on-site training in the colonies of Crotalus s. scutulatus (CCS) and C. atrox (CCT) rattlesnakes and other pit viper colonies including C. adamanteus (CCD) and A.p. conanti (CAP). The incumbent functions under the established protocols for safety, security, venom extraction and processing and specimen husbandry.


  • Performs safety and security checks daily
  • Assists in care and maintenance of pit viper specimens as part of daily routine husbandry
  • Assists Senior Serpentologist with venom extraction and after completion of a satisfactory period of training may extract venom from specimens as a back-up position of the Senior Serpentologist
  • Assists the Senior Veterinary Technician Specialist with veterinary medical care and laboratory work as needed
  • Assists with maintaining a clean facility by cleaning cages, sweeping, moping, cleaning surfaces, waste removal and other activities as needed
  • Help maintain security, inventory, feeding and husbandry records and assist with other documentation and record keeping as needed
  • Utilize manual and/or bar coded specimen/cage data entry and data backup systems
  • Provides data input and storage in support of QA/QMS and EHS activities
  • Provide additional backup coverage when appropriate for routine duties of Senior Serpentologist and Senior Veterinary Technician Specialist


  • Minimum of 1-3 years of experience in animal husbandry, including a minimum of 1-2 years of experience working with reptiles
  • Experience and knowledge of Crotalidae, pit viper biology and behavior
  • Bachelors’ degree or certificate of advanced education
  • Communication: Exemplary interpersonal communication skills, both oral and written
  • Team Work: Demonstrated effectiveness working independently and in groups in a collegial manner, including cross functional teams and internal/external networking
  • Integrity: Highest level of integrity. Deals with others in an open, honest and respectful manner. Is able to build trust in all interactions by displaying consistent high standards of ethical and professional practices. Integrity by example
  • Flexibility: Remains open minded and changes opinions on the basis of new information. Performs a wide variety of tasks and changes focus quickly as demands change. Manages transitions effectively from task to task. Deals constructively with unresolved situations, changes, delays or unexpected events
  • Knowledge: Has the required knowledge and skills to do his/her job to the standard. Evaluates new information and tools as potential solutions to problems. Makes use of and improves on new knowledge. Develops his/her own knowledge base and stays informed of current work trends. Able to apply new concepts
  • Leadership: Communicates information and ideas in a way that motivates others. Assumes a role of authority as necessary; advocates new ideas, even when risk is involved. Leads by example and able to delegate responsibility and empower others to make decisions. Provides constructive feedback to others. Follows performance standards and confronts negative attitudes
  • Organizational Skills: Manages multiple tasks efficiently. Determines work priorities in a meaningful and practical way. Uses agreed to goals and objectives to guide actions. Organizes and schedules resources and tasks. Controls own workload time management and time reports
  • Problem Solving: Takes action in solving problems while exhibiting judgment and understanding of the issues. Uses reason when dealing with uncertain or emotional subjects. Makes difficult decisions and follows through. Maintains high standards of work despite pressing deadlines. Undertakes additional responsibilities and responds to situations as they arise with or without supervision
  • Accountability: Takes personal responsibility for decisions and actions. Keeps promises and delivers on commitments
  • Continuous Learning: Encourages others to generate new ideas, share knowledge and adapt best practices. Learns from successes, failures and mistakes
  • Delivery: Strives to deliver on all commitments on time and to the highest standard. Has a 'Can Do' attitude

To Apply:

Apply online at career4.successfactors.com/career?career_ns=job_listing&company=btgplc&navBarLevel=JOB_SEARCH&rcm_site_locale=en_US&career_job_req_id=24241&selected_lang=en_US&jobAlertController_jobAlertId=&jobAlertController_jobAlertName=&_s.crb=6Y9uFieYjEy4J67SzR0yLH0h4bk%3d

BTG is an equal opportunity employer. We offer competitive compensation & benefit packages, challenging opportunities and a culture of working together in a supportive way built on our strong foundation of values.

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