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Fisheries Biologist

Description of Work

A fisheries biologist's duties involve all aspects of fisheries management, research and habitat protection. Independent motivation, problem solving and decision-making are required. Must be capable of independent work with minimal direct supervision.

Example of Duties

Professional activities include field collections of biological, physical and chemical data, analysis of data, inspection of habitat alteration projects, interagency communication and dissemination of information to the public. Stays current with pertinent scientific literature. Prepares written reports following standard scientific guidelines to present findings & make recommendations to maintain or enhance fisheries resources & aquatic habitat. Hire, train and supervise technical assistants. Assist in development of work plans, budgets, fishing regulations & stocking programs. Review land management & streambed & bank alteration proposals and make recommendations to repair maintain or enhance aquatic habitats.


Must be familiar with fisheries population dynamics, habitats, & management. Skill required in operation of computers, electrofishing equipment and other standard fishery sampling and collection gear. Must have the ability to communicate effectively with private landowners, the public & fellow workers through report writing & planning, public forums & the news media. Must have good working knowledge of principles and methods of statistical analysis, computerized data analysis & technical report writing. Must be able to work outdoors in inclement weather in & around water; to carry 75 lbs for 100 yds & to establish & continue productive working relationships with supervisors, peers, other agencies & the public. Applicants must have a master's degree in fisheries science or a closely related biological field & 1 year responsible experience as a fisheries biologist in research or management.