• Help



    This position is part of the Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office.

    This is a temporary appointment, not-to-exceed 1 year, which may be extended for a total appointment of 2 years.

    Learn more about this agency


    As a Biological Science Technician, you will be responsible for assisting one or more professional biologists in completing all phases of a fishery biological study or project of significant scope and duration to include project planning, logistical arrangements, field work, correlation and analysis of data, and completion of reports and/or other documents related to the project.

    • Conducting field investigations for habitat analysis and species and habitat restoration using both active and passive collection methods, depending on the objectives, environmental characteristics, aquatic organism's behavior, and size. Survey projects may include: census surveys; distribution and abundance estimation; mark/recapture studies; fish and habitat assessments, and acoustic tagging.
    • Active collection methods used to conduct stream and fish surveys (aquatic habitat and aquatic organism census) includes use of electrofishing equipment, seine and nets, trawls, and dredges. This may also require snorkeling for direct observation.
    • Passive collection methods used for biological sampling of aquatic organisms includes gill nets, hoop nets, fyke nets, and rotary screw traps.
    • Collecting, storing, organizing, and transferring raw data sheets to digital files and inputing data into computer databases. Entering field data into a central database.
    • Utilizing a variety of technical equipment such as GPS units, electrofishers and microscopes, tag detection equipment, data loggers, and electronic data collectors, water quality sampling and survey equipment to conduct field surveys; PIT tag/micro-acoustic/radio-telemetry equipment to track fish to achieve study objectives.
    Physical Demands: Work requires some physical exertion, such as regular and recurring running, walking, or bending; walking or climbing over rocky areas, through plowed fields or other uneven surfaces, through dense vegetation, and in mountainous terrain; climbing ladders or scaffolds to observe, collect, or record research data; or swimming and wading in swift cold water.

    Work Environment: Work is performed in an office and outdoors. Exposure to adverse weather conditions or weather extremes such as cold, dampness, humidity and/or insects are often encountered in the performance of the outdoor work. Safety precautions and protective clothing or gear are required when working around water, and with chemicals and equipment. Work occasionally requires immersion in swift cold water for long periods of time.

    Travel Required

    50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/509312600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.