Biological Science Technician

  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Columbia Environmental Research Center, East New Haven Road, Columbia, MO, USA
  • May 04, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description


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?

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.

Salary: $33,394 (Step 01) to $43,414 (Step 10); NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

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As a Biological Science Technician within the Columbia Environmental Research Center, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Collect biological, botany, fisheries, or wildlife data from study files or monitoring stations.
  • Perform laboratory analysis of biological samples.
  • Perform water quality analysis.
  • Assist the care and culture of invasive and/or endangered species maintained in the laboratory.
  • Operate government owned vehicles and trailer boats.

Physical Demands:

Field work can and will involve extreme exertion, including working long hours on a boat; withstanding both extreme heat and potential hypothermia conditions; walking over rough, rocky or uneven terrain; lifting and carrying equipment and supplies, wading in streams in all types of weather; long hours; nighttime work; and driving. Office work involves sitting in a place for extended periods of time using a computer or microscope.

Work Environment:

The work is performed in a laboratory or field environment. Field work often occurs in remote locations for extended periods of up to 20 days and involves moderate or sometimes extreme exposure to the discomforts of rain, cold/hot weather, and rapidly running or icy streams and rivers. Special safety precautions required in many cases, and the employee will typically wear a life jacket, special safety boots, or waders.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Overnight travel of 2-5 nights per month may be required.

Closes 05/09/2018

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Job Level



Government- Federal


$33,394 to $43,414 per year. Pay scale & grade GS 05.