Fish Biologist

  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Gainesville, FL, USA
  • Jul 31, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Research Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater Wetlands - Coastlines - Floodplains

Job Description


*Are you a Fish Biologist looking for a position in the Federal workforce? *Do you have passion for providing customer service? *Do you want to be part of an important aspect of the Federal Government, helping with exciting and groundbreaking incentives? If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this is the job for you! Come join the USGS and start doing the job you've always dreamed of!

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: $41,365 (Step 01) to $53,773 (Step 10)

NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01. 

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As a Fish Biologist within the Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, some of your specific duties will include: 

  • Assist in the design, implementation analysis, and reporting of field investigations in aquatic ecology.
  • Assist in the design and management of field investigations - literature research, refinement of possible questions and selection of hypotheses. Assessment of methodologies, procedures and statisitical test to test the hypotheses, sampling design and data storage design.
  • Assist in field work - this work occurs in small boats with small crews in remote locations under enviromental extremes. Record, check and enter data from field work.
  • Assist in analysis - statistical test, modeling and mapping of data. Preparing metadata and data releases.
  • Assist in reporting and outreach - reporting results in scientific journals or report series.
  • Operates government owned vehicle as incidental driver.
  • The work requires some physical exertion such as walking over wet, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching or similar activities. The work requires moderate physical ability and average agility and dexterity. Work performed in an office, laboratory and/or in the field. The office is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated. Temperature and weather extremes may be encountered in the performance of outdoor work. Field and laboratory duties may require the use of special protective gear. The incumbent is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as to not endanger self, fellow workers or property with which entrusted.

Travel Required

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

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$41,365 to $53,773 per year. Pay scale & grade GS 07.