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DMR-Marine Fisheries Scientist V

State of Mississippi

Harrison County ,  Mississippi

This is advanced senior level technical scientific work with responsibility for providing scientific expertise in the area of marine fisheries management and regulation. The work involves conducting surveys and investigative research studies and inspections; conducting field and/or laboratory tests; and analyzing, evaluating, and interpreting field data in order to make recommendations to upper level management with the information necessary to make management and regulatory decisions with regard to their impact on marine fisheries. Successful interaction with members of other local, state, and federal regulatory entities, special interest groups, and the general public, and speaking before large and small groups is required. Considerable knowledge of the coastal habitat for marine fisheries, the various species typically found in Mississippi Coastal waters, and the laws, rules, processes, procedures, and ordinances affecting the marine environment and fisheries is necessary for the successful performance of the job. The incumbent provides functional supervision over the field activities of marine fisheries scientists and technicians, provides specialized training, and may provide line supervision in the absence of the supervisor. The work is performed with independence and requires considerable judgment and discretion. Supervision is received from a DMR-Biological Program Coordinator or other higher-level scientist through periodic meetings and conferences.

Examples of Work:
Examples of work performed in this classification include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Monitors the work of lower level scientists and technicians, and provides training, as necessary.
  • Plans, implements, and manages marine fisheries studies and surveys that may involve live specimen collecting, water sampling, laboratory, assessment, habitat assessment, the analysis of data, and the preparation of reports to management.
  • Oversees daily marine fisheries data collection by lower level scientists and technicians and participates with the other Gulf of Mexico states in compiling and analyzing this data in order to appropriately manage the marine fisheries, e.g., finfish, shrimp, crab, and oysters.
  • Directs marine fisheries and habitat monitoring programs designed to gather data on population abundance and distribution, basic biological parameters, and habitat quality.
  • Investigates fish kills and responds to public inquiries regarding same and related matters.
  • Attends scientific and technical meetings, training sessions, and conferences in order to share information applicable to the management and regulatory activities of the Mississippi coastal marine fisheries.
  • Represents the Department at local meetings and public forums with special interest groups, including representatives from the commercial and recreational marine fisheries, and conducts public hearings on ordinance changes.
  • Serves as an expert witness and/or subject matter in lawsuits.
  • Stays abreast of changes in federal legislation that could impact marine resources in Mississippi and assists in the identification of needed changes to laws, rules, regulations, and ordinances.
  • Writes articles for scientific publication and writes federal grant applications to secure funding for marine fisheries programs and activities.
  • Operates a motor vessel and serves as a crew member on a motor vessel in the waters of the Mississippi Sound and associated wetlands and uses GPS, depth finders, radar, and other associated equipment and instruments.
  • Participates in educational programs, and serves as a judge at science fairs.
  • Works closely with other Department personnel in the performance of duties that overlap, such as activities associates with marine fisheries management that require marine law enforcement intervention.
  • Serves in the absence of a higher-level supervisor, as necessary.
  • Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
These minimum qualifications have been agreed upon by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in this job class and are based upon a job analysis and the essential functions. However, if a candidate believes he/she is qualified for the job although he/she does not have the minimum qualifications set forth below, he/she may request special consideration through substitution of related education and experience, demonstrating the ability to perform the essential functions of the position. Any request to substitute related education or experience for minimum qualifications must be addressed to the Mississippi State Personnel Board in writing, identifying the related education and experience which demonstrates the candidate's ability to perform all essential functions of the position.


One (1) year experience as a DMR-Marine Fisheries Scientist IV.


A Master's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Marine Biology, Biology, Fisheries Biology, Biological Science, Marine Ecology, Ichthyology, or a related field;


Three (3) years of experience related to the described duties.


A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Marine Biology, Biology, Fisheries Biology, Biological Science, Marine Ecology, Ichthyology, or a related field;


Four (4) years experience related to the described duties.

Substitution Statement:

Above graduation from a standard four-year college or university, related education and related experience may be substituted on an equal basis.

Required Document:

Possession of a valid MS Driver's License or Driver's License from a contiguous state. The hiring agency will verify Driver's License.

Essential Functions:
Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring agency. The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Monitors, collects, summarizes, and analyzes environmental and biological data.

2. Develops and implements marine fisheries management recommendations and regulatory changes.

3. Represents agency in field related activities, meetings, and public hearings pertaining to marine fisheries management.

4. Plans, implements, and manages marine fisheries and habitant monitoring programs designed to gather data.

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