Job Overview


-  Are you a Fish Biologist looking for a position in the Federal workforce?

-  Do you have a passion for planning and conducting studies and investigations concerning biological, chemical, and physical processes that affect aquatic communities and ecosystems?

-  Do you want to be part of an important aspect of the Federal Government, helping with exciting and groundbreaking incentives?  If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this is the job for you!  Come join the USGS and start doing the job you've always dreamed of!

Will Travel and Relocation Expenses be Paid? No

Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?

Embark on an exciting future!  From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment.  Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States?  Apply today!  As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems.  The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to:  the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

The U.S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.  For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at:
This is a term appointment for which all qualified applicants with or without Federal status may apply and be considered.  Appointment to this position, however, will not convey permanent status in the Federal service and will be for a period not to exceed 13 months with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition.


As a Fish Biologist within the Columbia Environmental Research Center, in Columbia, Missouri, some of your specific duties will include:

-  Planning, conducting, and evaluating field, pond, and laboratory studies designed to enhance understanding of biology and behavior of invasive fish species.

-  Using sophisticated acoustic equipment such as a split beam sonar and DIDSON to collect data on the behavior and location of fishes and summarizing and analyzing data.

-  Using a variety of traditional fisheries (electro fishing, netting, gut samples, etc).

-  Performing analyses of data and preparing graphs and charts and other data summaries for technical publications.

-  Using statistical skills, including Bayesian statistics, to enhance study design and analyses.

-  Operating a government motor vehicle as an incidental driver.