This Environmental Biologist Specialist position is an excellent opportunity to gain water quality monitoring experience and in-depth knowledge of Kentucky wetlands through extensive travel and field work. Field work will include the collection or other monitoring of amphibians, birds, and vegetation, primarily from March through October, with an emphasis on the collection of amphibians and vegetation. During the fall and winter, this position will be focused on developing and finalizing wetland assessment tools.
Additional responsibilities include entering and managing field and laboratory data. Monitoring goals associated with this position include assessing and reporting on the health of the waters of the Commonwealth, developing and revising wetland assessment tools, and assisting in the development of wetland-specific water quality standards.
Previous experience in collecting and/or identifying amphibians and wetland vegetation is preferred. Experience with aquatic ecology, GIS, statistical analysis, water sampling, or field work is beneficial. Important skills include attention to detail and data management.
Responsibilities typically include, but are not limited to, the following:
-Collecting water and biological samples (amphibians, vegetation, and/or birds) in wetlands
according to standard operating procedures.
-Identifying amphibian and vegetation samples.
-Entering and managing field and laboratory data.
-Assisting with data analysis, reporting, and water quality assessments.
-Assisting with the review and development of monitoring project study plans.
-Participating in workgroups and meetings that may involve developing or updating water
quality monitoring policies and procedures.
EDUCATION: Graduate of a college or university with a bachelor's degree in a biological, environmental or natural science, which includes at least thirty credit hours in the biological sciences.
EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, OR SKILLS: One year of professional experience in research, environmental impact assessment, or related environmental program areas.
Substitute EDUCATION for EXPERIENCE: Graduate work in the biological, environmental, or natural sciences will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.
Substitute EXPERIENCE for EDUCATION: NONE
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (AGE, LICENSURE, REGULATION, ETC.): NONE