Biologist I

  • San Diego
  • San Diego, CA, USA
  • Nov 03, 2018
Biology - Ecology Environmental Planning - NEPA Hazardous Waste - RCRA -Toxics Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description


Biologist I positions perform professional-level microbiological and biological tests and toxicological analyses and interpretations of potable water, wastewater, ocean and freshwater samples; examine, classify and count aquatic plant and animal specimens; assist in the more difficult microbiological, biological and toxicological analyses; and perform other duties as assigned.


  • Biologist I employees may be required to lift heavy equipment weighing up to 50 pounds (e.g., lifting manhole lids, ice chests in and out of boats).
  • Biologist I employees may be required to work with sewage, sludge, industrial wastes and hazardous wastes.
  • Some Biologist I employees may require confined space certification after hire.
  • Biologist I employees may be required to work weekends, holidays and overtime.
  • Some Biologist I employees may be required to work in the field including rough terrain, shorelines, and on boats in lakes and in the ocean.


You must meet the following requirements on the date you apply, unless otherwise indicated.
EDUCATION:  You must meet ONE of the following options:

  1. Bachelor's Degree in a biological science (e.g., Biology, Botany, Entomology, Limnology, Marine Biology, Microbiology, or Zoology).
  2. Bachelor's Degree in a closely related life science (e.g., Environmental Science/Toxicology, Medical Technology, Medicine, Nursing, or Pharmacy) AND at least one college-level course work in basic microbiology AND one upper-division lecture AND laboratory course work in bacteriology, biology, bio-oceanography, botany, freshwater biology, invertebrate biology, microbiology, toxicology, oceanography, virology, or zoology.


  • Additional qualifying professional experience in a microbiology or biology or environmental laboratory performing limnology, biology, bacteriology, toxicology or virology or closely related analysis and interpretations may be substituted for education lacked on a year-for-year basis. One year of full-time experience = 30 semester/45 quarter college-level units.
  • Qualifying experience MUST include at least ONE of the following: Conducting marine and aquatic studies; testing and analyzing water or wastewater samples for the presence of bacteria; identifying marine and freshwater microscopic organisms; examining marine/freshwater organisms using the microscope; and/or analyzing biological, toxicological and entomological samples.

LICENSE: A valid California Class C Driver License is required at the time of hire.

  • Completed college-level course work and/or professional-level experience in environmental microbiology, medical technology, parasitology, public health, toxicology, virology, and water/wastewater microbiology.
  • Preparation of biological technical reports and mitigation recommendations.
  • Experience liaising with regulatory agencies concerning biological monitoring programs and permit compliance.
  • Experience with environmental laboratory accreditation processes including ELAP, NELAC and TNI.
  • Experience with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) procedures.
  • Experience developing, implementing, and/or monitoring for Total Maximum Daily Loads.

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Government- Local/Regional


$48,339.20 - $58,323.20 Annually