Performs a broad range of field and laboratory activities for the remaining year of a 7 year project examining the effects of habitat conditions on fish community health in the flow-regulated lower Osage River. Assists Resource Staff Scientist and staff in collecting biological, physical and chemical data using a variety of methods common in fisheries investigations including: electrofishing, seining, trawling, water quality measurement and physical habitat sampling. Collects and measures fishes and records data, performs habitat mapping, collects other physical and chemical data at river sites. Processes samples in laboratory according to established QA/QC procedures. Sorts, measures, weighs, catalogs, and makes taxonomic identifications of plants and/or animals by using laboratory equipment, microscopes, and taxonomic keys. Creates and maintains large databases. Constructs tables and graphs for reports and PowerPoint presentations. Designs, builds, repairs, and maintains field and laboratory equipment. Attends MDC training courses and performs other duties as required.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries, Biological Sciences, Zoology or closely related subjects is required, and one (1) year of professional experience in scientific research or fisheries management is desirable; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
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 1 months of employment.
Special Ability Requirements:
Use personal computers and software effectively, experience with ArcGIS preferred.
Operate a motor vehicle and have or obtain a valid Driver License by the date of employment.
Operate boats, motors, large boats and electrofishing 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.
Work evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays when needed.
Travel and work for up to two (2) weeks away from official domicile.