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Biologist I

Job Description:

A Biologist 1 (Aquatic) would, under supervision, conduct fish population and fish habitat investigations; summarize and statistically analyze data; prepare technical reports and fisheries management plans and assist in the improvement of publicly valued fishery resources. The Biologist would communicate with various publics concerning fisheries management goals and objectives; review and analyze project proposals which are likely to alter fish habitat; and acquire public access for use and enjoyment of New York fishery resources.

A Biologist 1 (Ecology) would, under supervision, conduct and coordinate impact analysis reviews and recommend mitigative action. The Biologist would identify potential resource impacts; compile resource information pertaining to resource impact of various projects, including field investigations; identify mitigative actions and evaluate the effectiveness of mitigation; and prepare for and participate in public hearings. The Biologist would also quantify and evaluate the effects of contaminants on fish and wildlife.

A Biologist 1 (Wildlife) would, under supervision, conduct wildlife population inventories, monitor contaminant levels and wildlife diseases; develop and implement wildlife management plans; and promote appreciation of wildlife in urban environments. The Biologist would assist in the development of wildlife management problems; review and analyze project proposals which are likely to alter natural wildlife habitats; and provide public facilities for the use and enjoyment of wildlife resources.

A Biologist 1 (Marine) would, under supervision, conduct the review, inspection and submission of reports on tidal wetland project applications; prepare and provide testimony at adjudicatory hearings, investigate potential violations, and recommend solutions for violations and/or applications; conduct surveys, investigations and field projects in marine fish or shellfish management or marine habitat restoration; conduct studies of marine fish or shellfish from waters suspected of pollution; supervise technicians/laborers; assemble statistical data; prepare technical reports and resource management plans; conduct laboratory analyses of specimens; and disseminate information on New York's marine resources.

A Biologist Trainee 1 (Aquatic), Biologist Trainee 1 (Ecology), Biologist Trainee 1 (Wildlife), or Biologist Trainee 1 (Marine) would perform beginning level, professional conservation biology work under close and continuing supervision while participating in a two-year, intensive on-the-job training program. Upon successful completion of the two-year traineeship, an appointee would be advanced to the full performance level (Biologist 1) without further examination.

Job Qualifications:

Biologist Trainee 1 (Aquatic)
Bachelor's or higher degree with 18 semester credit hours in courses related to aquaculture, aquatic ecology, fish diseases, fish population dynamics, fishery resource management, fishery science, ichthyology, or limnology.

Biologist Trainee 1 (Ecology)
Bachelor's or higher degree with 18 semester credit hours in courses related to ecology, environmental contamination, habitat protection, restoration and management. Such courses include ecotoxicology, environmental impact assessment, forest and soil ecology, habitat restoration, limnology, terrestrial and aquatic ecology, watershed conservation, or wetland and stream resource protection.

Biologist Trainee 1 (Marine)
Bachelor's or higher degree with 18 semester credit hours in courses such as biological oceanography, fisheries biology, fisheries management, mariculture, marine biology, marine ecology, or marine resource management.

Biologist Trainee 1 (Wildlife)
Bachelor's or higher degree with 18 semester credit hours in courses such as herpetology, mammalogy, ornithology, wildlife ecology, wildlife habitat management, wildlife health, wildlife management, or wildlife population dynamics.

Appointment Level:

Biologists may be appointed at the Trainee 2 level if they have one year of professional level experience, or at the full-performance level if they have had two years of professional level experience as follows: for (Aquatic): in fisheries; for (Ecology): in ecology; and for (Wildlife):in wildlife management; and for (Marine): in fish or shellfish management, marine biology, or marine habitat protection or management.

Licenses:

These positions require travel. At the time of appointment, you will be required to possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State or otherwise demonstrate your capacity to meet the transportation needs of the job.

Salary:

For current salary information go to: Careers in Environmental Conservation.

Work Location:

These positions exist at numerous locations throughout the State in the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Promotional Opportunities:

Biologist 1 is the entry level of this title series. Promotional opportunities are available through competitive examinations.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Is An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer