Assistant Fisheries Research Scientist (4)- Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri Department of Conservation
Chillicothe, MO (3 positions); Columbia, MO (1 position)
Job Category
Full time Positions
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The Missouri Department of Conservation is hiring four Fisheries Science Assistants to work with ongoing sturgeon, invasive carp, and native fish projects. These positions will be responsible for leading crews, assisting with the collections, analysis and reporting of biological and physical data associated with multiple projects within the State of Missouri. There are 3 openings in the Chillicothe Office and 1 opening in the Central Regional Office in Columbia. The successful candidates will 1.) Conduct research on various Missouri River basin projects including federally funded pallid sturgeon and invasive carp projects. This includes collecting information, processing samples, analyzing data, and providing this information to stakeholders in written and oral forms. 2.) Lead crews and operate watercraft. 3.) Maintain the accuracy and availability to information in various databases. 4.) Create various technical and non-technical presentations and publications for scientific journals, papers, posters, pamphlets, websites, and popular articles. 5.) Provide scientific technical support to researchers, students, managers, administrators, educators, and protection staff. 6.) Perform general maintenance on tools and equipment. 7.) Correspond with stakeholders via email, telephone, and in-person discussion. Interested candidates should apply online through the Missouri Department of Conservation Employment Portal.
Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Science, Fisheries, Biological Sciences, or related field. One or more years of field season experience with fish and aquatic macroinvertebrate sampling, taxonomic identification and laboratory processing of samples is highly desirable. Must maintain a valid, current driver’s license. Ability to pass an approved boating safety course and obtain a Missouri Boating Safety Certification Card within 6 months of employment. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Ability to work independently and make decisions and act quickly and decisively on the determined course of action. Ability to operate boats, outboard motors, and commonly used sampling gear for fishes and macroinvertebrates. Knowledge to identify Midwestern fish species. Ability to work irregular hours and weekends with the possibility of extended travel time during seasonal sampling periods.
Contact Person
For the Chillicothe positions, contact Kyle Winders ( or Adam McDaniel ( For the Columbia position, please contact Tom Boersig (
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