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Aquatic Biologist: Missouri

Missouri Department of Conservation

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Missouri Department of Conservation
Columbia, Missouri
Job Category
Full time Positions
Last Date to Apply
Perform a broad range of field and laboratory activities related to projects on the Osage, Niangua, and East Fork of the Black River. Projects involve studying the effects of hydropower dams on the flow regime, water quality, habitat suitability, substrate and biotic community. Work independently on assigned portions of projects and assume responsibility for collection of quantitative samples and maintaining quality control over data. Specific job duties include collecting biological, physical, and chemical data using a variety of techniques and equipment routinely used in fisheries investigations. Drive and navigate jet-powered boats on large rivers with many obstructions such as dikes and shallow riffles. Perform habitat mapping using hydroacoustic and GPS equipment. Collect other physical habitat and water chemistry data at river sites, and compile climatic and hydrologic data. Monitor and track painted and PIT tagged substrate movement using SCUBA. Create and maintain large databases using Microsoft Excel. Construct tables and graphs for reports and PowerPoint presentations. Assist with analysis of large community datasets using statistical software such as R, and Sigmaplot. Use ArcGIS to organize and analyze spatial data. Perform scientific literature searches, report writing, and data summarizations. Design, build, repair, and maintain field and laboratory equipment. Schedule maintenance of state vehicles, boats, and other equipment and periodically inspect all equipment to meet safety standards or inspections. Assist with developing an annual budget for project expenses. Solicit bids from vendors and purchase budgeted items. Attend MDC training courses and perform other duties as required
B.S. required, M.S. Recommended, in Fisheries, Biological Sciences, Zoology, or closely related subjects. Recent supervisory experience and/or clear leadership ability required. Demonstrated experience to creatively problem solve and to make independent decisions. Special skills required include a strong background in fisheries sampling techniques, scientific writing, and management of biotic community datasets.

Candidates born after January 1, 1984, must be able to pass an approved boating safety course and obtain a Missouri Boating Safety Certification Card within 6 months of employment.

Special Ability Requirements:

Operate a motor vehicle and have or obtain a valid Missouri Driver License by the date of employment.
Operate boats and electrofishing gear in safe and prudent manner.
Experience with large river and wetland organism identification and fisheries sampling techniques.
Establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers and regional field staff.
Work effectively among multi-disciplinary teams.
Maintain focus and intensity, and remain optimistic and persistent even under adversity.
Effectively communicate findings and recommendations both orally and in writing.
Make independent decisions and act quickly and decisively on the determined course of action.
Work independently to compile and manage databases and conduct biological sampling.
Use GPS equipment for data collection.
Use ArcGIS and statistical software for data analysis.
Maintain high safety standards in the field and laboratory.
Demonstrate regular and predictable attendance.
Travel and stay overnight with moderate frequency.
Work long days (i.e., more than eight hours), evenings, and weekends when needed.
Work outside in adverse weather conditions and perform tasks requiring strenuous physical activity for extended periods of time.
Swim, including whole body submersion in warm and cold waters.
Scuba certification or ability to become certified.
To Apply:
Submit a resume with references and transcripts to the contact below.

Contact Person
Nicole Farless
Contact Phone
Contact eMail
[email protected]

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