Resource Science Assistant – Missouri

Missouri Department of Conservation
Camdenton, Missouri
Job Category
Full time Positions
$26,688 - $47,412
Start Date
Last Date to Apply

Position presently funded through June 30, 2022.

Perform a broad range of field and laboratory activities related to projects on the Osage River and Niangua River. Projects involve studying the effects of hydropower dams on the flow regime, water quality, habitat suitability, and biotic community. Assist with completing the Osage River project, including dataset management, statistical analysis, and report writing. Assist with the development and implementation of the Niangua River project, including objectives, experimental design, and sampling protocols. Work independently on assigned portions of projects and assume responsibility for collection of quantitative samples and maintaining quality control over data when resource staff scientist is not present. Specific job duties include collecting biological, physical, and chemical data using a variety of techniques and equipment routinely used in fisheries investigations. Drive and navigate jet-powered boats on large rivers with many obstructions such as dikes and shallow riffles. Collect fishes using a variety of gears including electrofishing equipment, seines and trawls. Sort, measure, weigh, catalog, and make taxonomic identification of plants and/or animals by using laboratory equipment, microscopes, and taxonomic keys. Perform habitat mapping using hydroacoustic and GPS equipment. Collect other physical habitat and water chemistry data at river sites, and compile climatic and hydrologic data. Ensure that data are collected in a manner consistent with metadata and database standards, and ensure accuracy of data being collected. Process samples in laboratory according to established quality assurance/control procedures. Create and maintain large databases using Microsoft Excel and Access. Construct tables and graphs for reports and PowerPoint presentations. Assist with analysis of large community datasets using statistical software such as SAS, R, and Sigmaplot. Use ArcGIS to organize and analyze spatial data. Perform scientific literature searches, report writing, and data summarizations. Assist in hiring, training, and supervising temporary workers, including delegating assignments and work scheduling. Ensure that project crews are properly trained in all Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) safety precautions, including driving MDC vehicles, boats, and trailers. Design, build, repair, and maintain field and laboratory equipment. Schedule maintenance of state vehicles, boats, and other equipment and periodically inspect all equipment to meet safety standards or inspections. Assist with developing an annual budget for project expenses. Solicit bids from vendors and purchase budgeted items. Attend MDC training courses and perform other duties as required.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s Degree in Fisheries, Biological Sciences, Zoology, or closely related subjects; or a Bachelor’s Degree and at least one (1) year of professional experience in scientific research or fisheries management. Special skills required include a strong background in fisheries sampling techniques, proficiency in fish identification, and management of biotic community datasets.

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 6 months of employment.


Ability to:

Keep focused on understanding, anticipating, and responding to the needs of customers.
Maintain focus and intensity, and remain optimistic and persistent even under adversity.
Effectively communicate findings and recommendations both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers and regional field staff.
Make independent decisions and act quickly and decisively on the determined course of action.
Give overall guidance and direction to hourly staff and ensure projects are completed efficiently.
Work independently to compile and manage databases and conduct biological sampling.
Employ a wide variety of stream organism sampling techniques. Use GPS equipment for data collection.
Use ArcGIS and statistical software for data analysis.
Operate boats and electrofishing gear in safe and prudent manner.
Maintain high safety standards in the field and laboratory.
Have or obtain a valid Missouri Driver License by the date of employment.
Demonstrate regular and predictable attendance.
Travel and stay overnight with moderate frequency.
Work long days (i.e., more than eight hours), evenings, and weekends when needed.
Work outside in adverse weather conditions and perform tasks requiring strenuous physical activity for extended periods of time. Swim, including whole body submersion in warm and cold waters.


This position has been determined to be exempt according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Employees must agree to accept compensatory time off in lieu of cash payments in accordance with the Department’s Compensatory Time Off and Overtime policy.

Smoking is prohibited in all owned, rented or leased Department of Conservation offices, buildings, and similar facilities, in Department aircraft, and in vehicles.

The Department of Conservation will hire only United States citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States. All new employees will be required to complete an "Employment Eligibility Verification" (Form I-9) and produce requested documentation after employment.

Candidates seeking initial or re-employment must submit to a drug screen following offer of employment.

All persons employed with the state of Missouri shall file all state income tax forms and pay all state income taxes owed.

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Contact Person
Nicole Farless
Contact Phone
573-346-2210 ext 236
Contact eMail
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