Artificial Reef Biologist

  • North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
  • Carteret County, NC, USA
  • Jun 11, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology

Job Description

Description of Work

For current State employees, please note that as of June 1, 2018, promotional priority and salary administration will be made based on the new Statewide NC Classification System.

Follow this link to view the Classification and System Project

This employee will manage the Artificial Reef program under the guidance of the Artificial Reef Coordinator. The primary responsibilities of this position include:  enhancement planning, spatial design, permit acquisition and compliance, procurement of materials, logistical planning, long-term physical and biological monitoring, data analysis, and coordination with state and federal agencies.
The Artificial Reef Biologist will ensure staff, contractors, and project partners adhere to approved construction plans and sampling procedures. This employee is also responsible for ensuring staff compliance with safety protocol and procedures. Occasionally this employee will deliver presentations to the public about North Carolina's artificial reefs and future enhancement projects. This position will directly supervise up to four Marine Fisheries Technicians.

For additional information about the Division of Marine Fisheries, visit:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit.

  1. Thorough knowledge of shellfish and finfish ecology.
  2. Knowledge of sampling techniques used to assess sessile marine organisms and finfish.
  3. Knowledge of artificial reef construction planning, permitting, material preparation, material deployment.
  4. Experience creating and giving presentations.
  5. Experience analyzing and summarizing data using SAS, JMP, or R.
  6. Experience operating and trailering small boats.
  7. Experience mapping with GIS and sidescan sonar.
  8. Possess scuba diving certification.

Applicants who were born after January 1, 1988 must be in compliance with the requirements for boating safety education, General Statute 75A-16.2.  
Candidate must have the ability to obtain a Class A CDL within the first 6 months of employment.

A skills test will be administered to all interviewed applicants.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor's degree in wildlife or fisheries management, marine biology, zoology or biology from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of experience in wildlife or fisheries management; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Some positions require coursework in forestry.

Closing date and time: 6/24/2018 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time

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Recruitment range $36,677 - $40,627