The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (Commission) Division of Fisheries Management’s Coldwater Unit announces the availability of one paid seasonal Fisheries Biologist Aide (FBA) position for the 2022 field season. This position is located at the Centre Region Office in Bellefonte, Centre County. This is a 36 week position and is expected begin on March 21, 2022 and end on November 25, 2022.
The position involves assisting Fisheries Biologists with field activities and office work pertaining to fisheries management of the aquatic resources of Pennsylvania but may include assisting biologists in other areas of the Commonwealth as needed. Fieldwork sometimes involves long hours, travel to field survey locations using Commission vehicles, occasional overnight travel (reimbursed by Commission), and at times working in inclement weather. The Coldwater Unit office will provide the necessary fish survey and safety apparel (e.g., waders, personal flotation devices, electrofishing gloves, etc.).
Position Title: Fisheries Biologist Aide
Position Type: Paid, Seasonal (2022 Field Season)
Position Duration: March 21 - November 25; (36 weeks)
Office Location: Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
Centre Region Office
595 East Rolling Ridge Drive
Bellefonte, PA 16823
Starting Wage: $14.61/ hour
Hours Per Week: 37.5 hrs./week (no paid holidays); limited overtime may occur for
Work Hours: 8 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday (for office work); variable hours
Primarily duties involve sampling fish populations using a variety of active and passive sampling gears at lotic and lentic waters throughout Pennsylvania, including identifying undocumented wild trout populations in previously unsurveyed streams. More specifically, the FBA will assist Fisheries Biologists conducting fisheries surveys, water quality analyses, habitat assessments, fisheries data management and formatting, and routine equipment maintenance, among other assigned duties.
Work may involve travel within the state of Pennsylvania. Overnight lodging and subsistence will be reimbursed.
Flexibility in working schedule, including willingness to work evenings.
Applicants should submit a resume along with a cover letter describing their interest in fisheries management. Applicant should also provide phone numbers and emails of three references. This information should be submitted by email to Nathan Walters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Candidates will be interviewed and notified promptly after their interview. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Nathan Walters at 814-359-5160.
Short term (seasonal) positions, such as this, provides an excellent opportunity to gain experience working on a variety of projects for a state fisheries agency. Many of our full-time fisheries staff started their careers as seasonal staff.
Applications must be submitted no later than January 28, 2022.
Our office is seeking responsible and dependable individual(s) who meet the following qualifications:
B.A. / B.S. degree in natural sciences, biology, fisheries, wildlife, environmental sciences, or ecology OR currently enrolled at an accredited college/university pursuing a degree in natural sciences, biology, fisheries, wildlife, environmental sciences, or ecology.
Communicates effectively orally and in writing.
Safely operate equipment, vehicles, and watercraft following agency protocols.
Lift over 40 pounds, work in inclement weather and negotiate difficult terrain.
Use of fish collection equipment including electrofishing gear, trap nets, gill nets, and seines.
Use of electronic information technology including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Collect fisheries survey data.
Valid driver’s license.
Selected candidate will be required to obtain three background certifications prior to employment with PFBC: Child Abuse, Criminal History, and FBI/Fingerprint Certifications.