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 gain water quality monitoring experience and in-depth knowledge of Kentucky streams through extensive travel and fieldwork. 

Fieldwork will include the collection of macroinvertebrate, diatom, fish, and water samples, primarily from March through September, with an emphasis on the collection of benthic macroinvertebrates. During the fall and winter, this position will be focused on picking and identifying aquatic macroinvertebrates in a laboratory setting. Additional responsibilities include entering and managing field and laboratory data. 

In Addition, entering and managing field and laboratory data, monitoring goals associated with this position include assessing and reporting on the health of the waters of the Commonwealth, evaluating the effectiveness of water quality improvement projects, and responding to incidents such as harmful algal blooms in recreational waters of the state. 

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

  • Collecting water and biological samples (macroinvertebrates, pathogens, diatoms, and/or fish) in streams and rivers according to standard operating procedures.
  • Sorting and identifying benthic macroinvertebrate samples and analyzing E. coli samples.
  • 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 or updating water quality monitoring policies and procedures.

Preferred Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: 

  • Previous experience in collecting and/or identifying benthic macroinvertebrates is preferred.
  • Experience with aquatic ecology, fish or algae collection and identification, general taxonomy, water sampling, or fieldwork 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.


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (AGE, LICENSURE, REGULATION, ETC.): REQUIREMENTS (AGE, LICENSURE, REGULATION, ETC.): NONEWorking ConditionWork 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 PeriodThis 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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$2,937.20 - 3,890.90