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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 11/29/23

Applications Due12/20/23

Vacancy ID144988

AgencyEnvironmental Conservation, Department of

TitleBiologist 1/Trainee 1/2 (Aquatic)

Occupational CategoryI.T. Engineering, Sciences

Salary GradeNS

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $47925 to $80248 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Contingent Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 5%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8 AM

To 4 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Chautauqua

Street Address Lake Erie Fisheries

City Dunkirk


Zip Code14048

Minimum Qualifications Reassignment - Currently in the title and an employee of DEC
Reinstatement Eligible - Previously held the title on a permanent competitive basis or held a title as indicated under the transfer eligible section on a permanent competitive basis.
Transfer Eligible - One year of permanent competitive service at Salary Grade 11 or higher and either:
Eligible for transfer under Section 70.4: Must meet the open competitive minimum qualifications - listed below;
Eligible for transfer under Section 70.1: Permanent competitive service as a Fish and Wildlife Technician 2, Fish and Wildlife Technician 3, Biologist 1 (Aquatic), Biologist 1 (Ecology), Biologist 1 (Marine) or Biologist 1 (Wildlife).
55-b/55-c Candidates must meet the open competitive minimum qualifications below and include with their resume or application, a copy of the letter from Civil Service which indicates approval for the 55-b/55-c program.
Open competitive minimum qualifications (provided for 55b/c candidates and 70.4 transfer eligibles):
A bachelor's or higher degree including or supplemented by 18 semester credit hours in acoustic sampling of fish populations, applied biostatistics for the biological sciences, aquaculture, aquatic ecology, aquatic entomology, aquatic habitat management, aquatic insects, biology of aquatic ecosystems, biology of aquatic invertebrates, biology of fishes, biological limnology, conservation biology (aquatic), creel and angler surveys, ecology of aquatic ecosystems, ecology of freshwater fishes, ecology of freshwater mussels, ecology of marine fishes, environmental statistics, fish behavior, fish biology, fish culture, fish diseases, fish nutrition, fish pathology, fish physiology, fish population dynamics, fish propagation, fish taxonomy, fisheries economics, fisheries science, fisheries techniques, fishery management, fishery management techniques, fishery resource management, fisheries seminar, fishery statistics, fluvial geomorphology, freshwater ecology, freshwater invertebrates, freshwater mussel biology, freshwater mussel identification, genetics of fish, ichthyology, lentic and lotic ecosystems, limnology, mathematical modeling of fish populations, marine fisheries management, marine fisheries science, perturbations of fishes, physical limnology, population ecology, principles of fishery science, principles of fishery management, production biology of aquatic (fishery) environments, phylogeny of fishes, quantitative ecology, radio telemetry of fishes, statistical methods in research, stream ecology, stream restoration, techniques of fishery science, or urban fishery management.
Examples of Non-Qualifying Courses: animal behavior, animal ecology, entomology, general oceanography, invertebrate zoology, marine pollution, physical oceanography, terrestrial ecosystems ecology, wetland systems.

Experience with statistical catch-at-age analysis and stock assessment is preferred.

Additional requirements:
• Must possess or be legally eligible to obtain a U.S. Passport with no restrictions on travel to Canada.
• Must be able-bodied and capable of negotiating difficult terrain, ascending/descending ladders while the R/V Argo is underway, and be able to don an immersion suit in 60 seconds.
• Must be able to work on the open waters of Lake Erie in adverse conditions that may cause motion sickness
• Must be able to work at any time day or night, and up to 12 hours or more, in inclement weather and noisy environments.

Duties Description The Lake Erie Fisheries Research Unit (LEU) delivers a comprehensive, complex fisheries and ecosystem assessment/research program that is conducted in accordance with the governance structure of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission’s (GLFC) Strategic Plan for the Management of Great Lakes Fisheries. The successful execution of LEU’s programs is highly dependent upon research and management planning, assessment/research design and execution, and data analysis and reporting conducted collaboratively with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF), Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), academia and NGOs.

This position will be responsible for conducting fisheries assessment programs on the open waters of Lake Erie and its tributaries with the potential for adverse working conditions (e.g., wind, large waves, rain).
Job duties include:
• Oversee annual fisheries assessment surveys using a variety of fisheries sampling gear, including bottom trawls, trapnets, and gill nets.
• Oversee the Lake Erie tributary angler survey.
• Assist the Research Vessel (R/V) Captain in the safe operation of the R/V Argo and several smaller research vessels.
• Coordinate with R/V Captain to schedule and plan research vessel surveys.
• Ensure all fisheries assessment surveys are conducted using scientifically sound methodology and supervise data collection and sample processing.
• Oversee hourly employee hiring and training process.
• Supervise permanent and hourly field staff.
• Maintain long-term fisheries assessment data sets using electronic databases in Excel and Access.
• Analyze and interpret data using statistical analysis software such as R.
• Prepare written reports independently and in collaboration with partner agency staff.
• Work collaboratively with other LEU staff, OMNRF, PFBC, ODNR, MDNR, DNR, USFWS, USGS, and academic partners.
• Present fisheries assessment and research results at annual public meetings, GLFC Lake Erie Committee meetings, and to other lay and scientific audiences.
• Participate as an active member of the GLFC Task Groups.
• Contribute to Great Lakes fisheries management, assessment, planning, and outreach including: writing and editing Lake Erie Annual Reports to the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, species management plans, and GLFC State of Lake Erie Reports.
• Assist Lake Erie Unit staff with other fisheries and limnological studies as required.

Additional Comments Must have a valid driver’s license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position. Must be able to negotiate difficult terrain Must be able to work in remote areas. Must be able to work in adverse weather conditions. Travel may be required. Overtime may be required. Overnight travel may be required. Weekends and holidays may be required. Must have certification to operate motorized boats or personal watercrafts at time of appointment. Telecommuting may be available, will be discussed at interview.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Name Karen Price

Telephone (518) 402-9273

Fax (518) 402-9038

Email Address


Street 625 Broadway

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12233


Notes on ApplyingPlease email/mail resume indicating your interest in this position to the above. Be sure to include #23-144988 on your resume and also in the subject line of your email or it may not be accepted.


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