Biologist II – Aquatic Biology

POSTING DATE:

March 8, 2017

CLOSING DATE:

April 5, 2017

CLASSIFICATION:

Biologist II – Aquatic Biology

HOURS:

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor Degree in related Biological Sciences discipline.
  • One year of experience in aquatic biology environment.
  • Regular, dependable attendance required.
  • Field collection, processing and analysis of water quality algal-biomass samples (Chlorophyll analysis)

 

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Perform duties to collect, identify, process, interpret and input biological data related to the lakes, ponds and canals within the RCID and partner properties to maintain aquatic systems, working within the limits of standard or accepted practices.

  • May perform any or all of the following duties to support the operations of the department and the upper level Biologists.
  • Assist in planning and conducting complex, multi-disciplinary environmental monitoring designed to assess water quality and biological trends.
  • Assist in the collection of water chemistry and biological samples, in-situ field measurements, documentation of field conditions and conducting aquatic habitat measurements.
  • Perform activities to promote and maintain healthy fisheries on the properties using fish feeders, fish attractors, and aquascaping. Conduct electroshocking fishery surveys to record, evaluate, analyze and interpret data to support department goals.
  • Conduct taxonomic aquatic vegetation surveys utilizing GPS and GIS mapping programs. Grow native vegetation in controlled tanks. Aquascape waterways with native vegetation for habitat enhancement and erosion control.
  • Calibrate, verify and maintain the field collection and laboratory equipment.
  • Perform or assist with any operations, as required to maintain workflow and to meet schedules and quality requirements.
  • Participate in any variety of meetings and work groups to integrate activities, communicate issues, obtain approvals, resolve problems and maintain specified level of knowledge pertaining to new developments, requirements, and policies.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

The following requirements are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job and is not intended to be inclusive. Reasonable accommodation(s) may be made to enable individuals with disabilities, as defined by law, to perform any essential functions.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Must be knowledgeable in the biological sciences; terminology, principles and techniques used in water quality assessments on freshwater.
  • Applicant should be skilled in the use of scientific laboratory and field equipment.
  • Applicant should demonstrate the ability to collect representative field samples using scientific methods and techniques and perform qualitative and quantitative analysis of scientific data.
  • Applicant should also have experience in remote field orienteering, map interpretation, and GPS data collection using spatial software and electronic databases.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, establish and maintain effective working relationships, and meet scheduled shifts in a regular, reliable, and predictable manner.

DRIVING REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must possess a valid Florida State Driver’s license and maintain eligibility under the District’s commercial vehicle program.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • While performing the duties of this job, an employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, touch, speak, hear, and see. An employee is occasionally required to bend, kneel, reach, twist, carry, climb, push and pull.
  • An employee must demonstrate fine motor skills and to be able to operate vehicles and other equipment.
  • An employee is occasionally required to work in heat, cold and wet/damp conditions and to navigate uneven and/or outdoor terrain.
  • Certain positions may require work above ground or in enclosed spaces.
  • Certain positions may have requirements of 50 pounds maximum lifting with frequent lift/carry up to 25 pounds.
  • Positions requiring strength demands in the Heavy and/or Very Heavy category have detailed physical performance analyses available for review.

PAY:

Pay ranges from $737 to $850 weekly.

TO APPLY:                       

Apply online directly on our website (www.rcid.org); resumes can be uploaded to online submission. Any inquiries can be sent to Patrick Midthun at jobs@rcid.org.