Fisheries Biologist

Colorado State University Fort Collins, Colorado
Job Type Paid permanent

Position supports all aspects of stream (cold water and warm water) and lake management including stream improvement, fish sampling, creel surveys, stocking, aquatic plant management, and water quality monitoring. This position is located at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.

Required Job Qualifications

  • The successful candidate must have BS/BA degree in fisheries, aquatic biology, or closely related field and at least four seasons professional experience in fisheries management.
  • Knowledge of fish species of the upper Midwest is required.
  • The successful candidate must have experience in fisheries management (fish sampling, creel surveys, stocking, and habitat improvement) and water quality monitoring.
  • Experience in data management, analysis and entry on desktop computers is a must.
  • Experience with GIS software and spatial analysis is required.
  • The successful candidate will have experience in operating and maintaining electroshocking equipment, GPS receivers, and laboratory equipment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and SCUBA certification are also required.
  • This position requires ability to traverse difficult terrain and work outdoors in weather extremes.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.
  • The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the United States by proposed start date. CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Supervisory experience with seasonal crews.
  • Experience interpreting and communicating fisheries regulations for the public.
  • Experience designing studies and writing proposals.
  • Experience determining impacts of habitat manipulation (including construction activities) on watershed resources.

Diversity Statement
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Natural Resources Management
• Manage all aspects of stream (cold water and warm water) and lake management including stream improvement, fish sampling, creel surveys, stocking, aquatic plant management, and water quality monitoring.
• Educate the public on fisheries management and fishing regulations, which will require occasional evening and weekend work hours.
• Design and implement studies and proposals.
• Contribute to and coordinate on interagency projects such as United States Geological Survey (USGS) watershed studies, WI Department of Natural Resources fish removal projects, United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) fish health assessments, and USFWS broodstock collection and fish stocking.
• Review construction plans to ensure best management practices are used, and conduct site visits during and after the construction process to determine impacts to the surrounding watersheds.

Data Analysis
• Use complex mathematical and statistical equations to analyze data and write reports on present and historical datasets.
• Use GIS software to determine watershed areas, lake and pond volumes and create maps for use in reports and proposals.
• Design data spreadsheets to include writing code to enable faster and easier data analysis.
• Develop models and indexes of stream ecology using complex scientific data reductions.
• Use judgment in determining procedures for laboratory and field sampling to ensure the accuracy and quality of collected results.
• Analyze data to determine and recommend changes to the Fort McCoy Fishing Regulations to create a healthy and sustainable fish population.
• Create and manage databases, conduct analyses and compile reports using desktop computers

• Supervise and assign daily tasks to seasonal employees
• Obtain required equipment, soliciting price quotes from vendors to determine optimum purchases
• Coordinate with local schools and host student work days where students visit Fort McCoy and attend a half day presentation on steam ecology. Review and recommend changes to Fort McCoy’s Integrate Natural Resource Management Plan


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Category Fisheries