Fish Biologist

  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Yankton, SD, USA
  • Mar 08, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology

Job Description


As a Term Fish Biologist with Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, your primary duties will be to conduct field-based surveys to collect fisheries data; maintain and operate field gear such as vehicles, boats/trailers, and nets; summarize fisheries data for preparation of reports; and work with local, state, and federal partners to conserve the federally listed, endangered species (pallid sturgeon) in the Missouri River.

You will be supervised from the Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in Pierre, SD. However, the duty location of this position is 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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  • Conduct field-based fisheries surveys from boats using a variety of sampling gears on the Missouri River, a large, complex, and dynamic river.
  • Maintain and operate motorized boats/trailers, vehicles, scientific instruments (e.g., water velocity meters, turbidity meters, and field computers), and field sampling gear (e.g., trawls, gill nets, trot lines, and fyke nets).
  • Summarize and analyze field-based data in preparation for reports and presentations.
  • Assist with writing of reports and peer-reviewed scientific articles, and present results both orally and in written format at scientific and public meetings.
  • Collaborate with partners to develop and execute research projects, and make recommendations regarding recovery and management actions for the endangered pallid sturgeon.

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Job Level



Government- Federal


$50,598 to $65,778 per year Pay scale & grade GS 9.