Contract Student Biologist Position: Missouri

US Geological Survey
Columbia, MO
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The student will assist Project Scientists in several projects that may include laboratory studies on the behavioral response of early lifestage sturgeon during sublethal exposure to metals, PCBs, and dioxins; laboratory and field studies on attractant and repellant chemical stimuli for Asian carp; and laboratory and field studies of fire and dust suppressant chemicals on wetland biota. The student will be expected to assist in multiple field and laboratory activities including: initiation of chemical exposures and stocking of fish, daily maintenance and water quality measurements in test systems, daily maintenance of fish and other aquatic organism cultures, video sampling and digital analysis of behavioral activity, observations and interpretation of response of free ranging fish through pit tag, acoustic, and telemetry technology to identify locations and movements of Asian carp relative to the application of chemical attractants and repellants, deploying and operating various instruments to assess habitat quality and water quality parameters, entering data into computers, and assisting in preparation of data summaries and reports.

The majority of work is performed in office and laboratory settings where fish are exposed or tested in aquaria and various apparatus, in experimental pond mesocosms located on site, and field study sites. The field work may occur under a range of weather and temperature conditions. River conditions can be dangerous as high water velocities, debris, and obstructions are common. Physical demands during deployment of telemetry apparatus and fish sampling gears require heavy lifting (up to 50 pounds). Exposure to nuisance insects is expected. Students are advised that work may continue 7 days a week in the field, and that work days will normally be greater than 8 hours.
Bachelor’s Degree in fish biology, animal behavior, or environmental studies. Knowledge of basic computer operations for desktop and field computers is required. Exceptional inter-personal skills are required. Must be a licensed driver, as operation of Government vehicles may be required.

The student is responsible for all costs of transportation to and from the principal duty station location. The Government does not provide housing, meals or other living expenses while working at the principal duty station. Transportation will be provided to and from the field investigation sites(s). Meals/cost of food/lodging while at field investigation sites will be provided by the USGS in the same manner as for Federal employees, in accordance with the Government Travel Regulations.

Principal Duty Station:
U. S. Geological Survey
Columbia Environmental Research Center
Columbia, Missouri 65201

The anticipated start date for this position is on or about May 1, 2017 and the position will continue through no later than April 30, 2018. The contract may be renewed for 1 additional year.

In responding to this USGS contract opportunity, interested students should submit a cover letter and resume that includes: full legal name of the student, mailing address, telephone number, email address (if available), date of birth, place of birth, citizenship (if not a US citizen, provide immigration/VISA status), education (including descriptions of relevant classes) and work or volunteer experience related to the scientific field. In addition, a copy of the most recent transcript listing courses taken and the student’s overall GPA should be submitted. All materials must be submitted by March 21, 2017 to:
Robin D. Calfee
U. S. Geological Survey
Columbia Environmental Research Center
4200 New Haven Road
Columbia, Missouri 65201 USA
Additional information about the position can be requested by email ( or by phone inquiry (573-441-2969).
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Robin D Calfee
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