Fish Biologist

  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Yankton, SD, USA
  • Mar 07, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Environmental Science - Engineering Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Water Quality

Job Description


As a Term Fish Biologist with the Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, the primary duty of this position is to serve as the crew leader that will guide conservation activities related to the federally listed, endangered species (pallid sturgeon) in the Missouri River. Major duties of this position are to serve as crew leader; collect and analyze fisheries data; plan, investigate, and write fisheries reports; be responsible for and track field equipment including boats, nets, etc. and coordinate and collaborate with local, state, and federal partners to conserve this endangered species. The incumbent will be supervised from the Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in Pierre, SD, BUT the duty location will be in Yankton, SD. The office space and equipment shop will be located at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery. Secondary duties include assisting staff at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery, monitoring for aquatic nuisance species, and participating in public outreach events.

This is a Term appointment, not-to-exceed 13 months, which can be extended for a total appointment of 4 years.

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  • Reviews and carries out comprehensive fishery management plans and coordinates with other fishery programs that effect biological resources including, but not limited to: fishery management assistance, sampling for exotic species, assessing fish populations, and recommending habitat restoration/management.
  • Plans and conducts a variety of complex investigations including the design, collection, and analysis of biological data pertaining to species naturally occurring and those reared and released from National Fish Hatcheries in the assigned area.
  • Manages and interprets large sets of data. Uses analytical techniques to design studies and interpret results for field evaluations and evaluations of ecological interactions between hatchery and wild fish populations.
  • Prepares reports on progress and completion of activities and formulates recommendations that guide future programs and influences the improvements in fisheries monitoring and management.

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Job Level



Government- Federal


61,218 to $79,586 per year. Pay scale & grade GS 11 Work schedule.