Environmental Biologist Specialist

  • Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection
  • Frankfort, KY, USA
  • May 15, 2019
Full time Biology - Ecology Environmental Science - Engineering Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater Wetlands - Coastlines - Floodplains

Job Description


The Kentucky Division of Water’s mission is to manage, protect, and enhance the quality and quantity of the Commonwealth’s water resources for present and future generations through voluntary, regulatory, and educational programs. Our organization presents an opportunity for you to make a difference in the waters of Kentucky through an exciting and collaborative environment. 

The Environmental Biologist Specialist position is an excellent opportunity to provide expertise in wetland plant identification, gain water quality monitoring experience and in-depth knowledge of Kentucky wetlands through extensive travel and field work. Field work will include the collection of biological, physical and water samples, primarily from March through September, with an emphasis on the identification of plants. During the fall and winter, this position will be focused on managing and analyzing field and laboratory data. 

Monitoring goals associated with this position include assessing and reporting on the health of the waters of the Commonwealth. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Collecting water and identifying wetland plant species in wetlands according to standard operating procedures.
  • Entering and managing field and laboratory data.
  • Assisting with data analysis, reporting, and water quality assessments.
  • Assisting with the review and development of monitoring project study plans.
  • Participating in workgroups and meetings that may involve developing water quality standards, assessment methodologies, or updating water quality monitoring policies and procedures.

Previous experience in identifying wetland plant species is preferred. Experience with identification of bird calls, amphibian identification, aquatic ecology, water sampling, or field work is beneficial. 

Important skills include attention to detail and data management. 

The Division of Water offers flexibility in work schedules, time away from the desk, and a chance to network with a wide range of like-minded professionals. 

If you are interested in a rewarding career with the Division of Water, we would love to review your application.Minimum Requirements

EDUCATION: Graduate of a college or university with a bachelor's degree in a biological, environmental or natural science, which includes at least thirty credit hours in the biological sciences. 

EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, OR SKILLS: One year of professional experience in research, environmental impact assessment, or related environmental program areas. 

Substitute EDUCATION for EXPERIENCE: Graduate work in the biological, environmental, or natural sciences will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis. 



Working Condition

Work is typically performed in an office setting, laboratory setting and in the field. An incumbent to this job title may be subject to changes in temperature and terrain. There is the possibility of exposure to snake and insect bites and the possibility of minor cuts and abrasions due to broken glass and pieces of rusted metal in streams. Hypothermia, electrocution from electro-fishing and exposure to water borne pathogens is possible.

Probationary Period

This job has an initial and promotional probationary period of 6 months. For additional information refer to: https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/law/kar/101/001/325.pdf

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Government- State/Provincial


$2,937.20 - $3,890.90 Monthly