WV Freshwater Mussel Biologist

WV Division of Natural Resources
Elkins, WV
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$12 to $15/hour Max 1733 hrs/year
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Participates as a freshwater mussel biologist within the state-wide Mussel Program conducting mussel surveys, both qualitative and quantitative. Other duties may include participation in mussel restoration activities involving propagation activities, translocations, stocking, in-situ bioassays using Barnhart Silos, water quality sampling, eDNA sample collection, habitat assessment, report writing, making presentations, and other duties assigned as needed. Incumbent will be responsible for accurate measurement and recording of field data as well as care and maintenance of field gear, laboratory facilities, and vehicles. This person will be expected to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with the Mussel Program leader, as well as other WVDNR staff and partners. This is a great opportunity for a recent graduate to gain invaluable experience working for a state fish and wildlife agency and network with wildlife professionals. The position is allotted 1733 hours annually with good possibility of renewal. Start Date is flexible, applications accepted until position filled. email resume to janet.l.clayton@wv.gov
A B.S. or B.A. in aquatic biology, environmental science or a closely related field. M.S. is preferred. Experience surveying for and identifying freshwater mussels. Experience using Microsoft Office programs, and creating professional documents, presentations, and spreadsheets. Must possess a valid driver’s license and be willing to work extended stays in field locales. Bunkhouse lodging is available when not in the field. Must be able to swim. The applicant must be capable of working in extreme weather conditions (hot, cold, and wet for extended periods). Preference will be given to applicants with SCUBA certification and motorboat operation skills although all applicants should be willing to obtain certification.
Contact Person
Janet L. Clayton
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