Aquatic Biologist I (Summer hire)

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Belchertown, MA, United States
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Entry Level (0-2 Years)


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About the Department of Conservation and Recreation: The Department of Conservation and Recreation manages one of the largest and most diverse state parks systems in the nation and protects and enhances natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities throughout Massachusetts. DCR is a dynamic agency, and is one of the largest park systems in the nation. The DCR system includes over 450,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes, ponds, playgrounds, swimming pools, golf courses, skating rinks, trails and parkways.


The Department of Conservation and Recreation Division of Water Supply Protection seeks qualified applicants for the positions of Aquatic Biologist I. 


Duties : 

Under the direction of the Environmental Quality Group supervisor or designees, the successful applicants will: 

-Participate in field surveys of Quabbin Reservoir by using water quality probes, obtaining water quality and phytoplankton samples, delivering samples to the analytical laboratory, and processing biological samples. 

-Participate in invasive aquatic plant management activities by scouting for new invasive plants, quantifying invasive plant, mapping invasive plant beds, and recording plant species occurrence in the Quabbin Reservoir and watershed ponds. 

-Assist in compiling and entering environmental monitoring data into electronic databases. 

-Participate in the sampling and analysis of algae and macroinvertebrate populations and their habitat for the purpose of assessing potential impacts to drinking water quality. 

-Assist with data analysis and writing reports on monitoring studies. 

-Assist with boat inspection/decontamination and boat ramp monitoring

-Perform other related duties as required. 


Preferred Qualifications include small boat operation, kayak and canoe paddling experience, identification of freshwater aquatic macrophytes.





This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.



Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, para-professional or technical experience in marine biology or fisheries management work, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.




I. A Bachelor’s or higher degree with a major in marine, fisheries, or wildlife biology; fisheries or wildlife management, marine science or oceanography may be substituted for the required experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.*


*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's license.


An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.