Sunday , February 5 2023

Aquatic Biologist II- State Job in Ma

Website State of Massachusetts

Job Description:

The Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game works to preserve the state’s natural resources and people’s right to conservation of those resources, as protected by Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. To carry out this mission, the Department exercises responsibility over the Commonwealth’s marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants, and natural communities, as well as the habitats that support them.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assess, analyze, and summarize biological data and prepare written technical reports to support classification decisions and management recommendations.
  • Prepare both technical and non-technical letters and memoranda.
  • Operate and maintain field equipment, including motor vehicles, small craft and trailers; sampling gear and equipment.
  • Provides support to the Fisheries Habitat Project staff by reviewing proposed coastal alteration projects with regard to impacts on water quality, shellfish resources and shellfish habitat.
  • Represent program and agency, conducting meetings and providing presentations to the public, shellfish industry and fisheries professionals. Occasional evening meetings in program communities.
  • Provides technical assistance to coastal communities in shellfish biology and diseases, shellfisheries management and identification and mitigation of pollution sources. Answers requests for information from municipal officials, state and federal government agencies, and the public on all matters relating to the shellfish classification and management in Massachusetts.
  • Assist Marine Fisheries bacteriological laboratories; provide lab coverage for bacteriologists. Perform bacteriological and chemical analyses of shellfish and water samples using approved procedures and methodologies. Occasional weekend and holiday work required.
  • Plan and conduct field investigations leading to the classification of shellfish growing areas, including collection and interpretation of water quality data, shoreline surveys to identify contamination sources, and sanitary surveys in support of classification decisions.
  • Occasional weekend and holiday work required
  • Monitor for and assist in the management of marine biotoxins. Collect shellfish and assist in marine biotoxin analysis as required in laboratory using approved procedures and methodologies. Compile and analyze biotoxin data.
  • Organize, record, and maintain data for analysis. Prepare graphical presentations of data for inclusion in reports, publications and presentations.
  • Create and maintain GIS data; produce and update map documents and query data for reports.

Job Requirements:

  • Knowledge of computer software including Microsoft Office suite with ability to perform arithmetic and statistical computations.
    Considerable knowledge of fishery biology and management as related to shellfish management, sanitation and marine biotoxins.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with sampling gear commonly used in the field of fisheries science and associated disciplines.
  • Ability to speak effectively and prepare with ease, clear and concise written general and technical reports.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule (around low tides) including occasional weekends and evenings.
  • Ability to work with municipal and state personnel/agencies.
  • Ability to supervise employee(s), as well as work independently.
  • Experience operating and navigating small vessels in coastal waters.
  • Ability to analyze and determine the applications of biological data, to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.

Job Details:

Company: State of Massachusetts

Vacancy Type: Full Time

Job Location: New Bedford, MA, US

Application Deadline: N/A

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