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Fishery Biologist 2 (PCN 111447)

State of Alaska
Kodiak, Alaska, US
Closing date
Jun 15, 2024

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Informatics / GIS
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Job Description

This position is open to Alaska Residents only.

Please check our residency definition to determine if you qualify.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Commercial Fisheries is recruiting for a Fishery Biologist 2 located in Kodiak!

What you will be doing:

This position is a permanent full-time seasonal Fishery Biologist 2 who will manage day-to-day operation of the state-of-the-art Kodiak Island Limnology Laboratory. The laboratory manager oversees the planning and implementation of field sampling and laboratory sample processing for the Westward Region (Region IV) and beyond to produce quality limnological data that will assist research and management staff to maximize salmon production.

Our organization, mission, and culture:

The Division of Commercial Fisheries strives for a diverse and inclusive workforce where safety and well-being are paramount and employees at all levels promote a culture where everyone is valued, treated equitably, and treated respectfully.

This position plays a vital role in gathering and providing robust information used in assessing water quality, forage availability, freshwater productivity, and rearing habitat quality that drives juvenile salmonid productivity. Data collected by this position will inform stocking recommendations, escapement goal reviews and approaches to fishery management that contribute to the greater goal of sustainable fisheries for Alaska.

Benefits of joining our team:

This position offers an outstanding opportunity to gain expertise in a variety of limnological sampling methods and sample analyses including operation of an autonomous underwater vehicle. This position will introduce the incumbent to analysis and interpretation of limnological data. It also enables the incumbent to engage with multiple stakeholders and experience the majesty of the Kodiak Island archipelago and other remote Alaska locations.

The working conditions you can expect:

This position will work in Kodiak beginning in February preparing sampling equipment and gear for the field season and drafting a sampling schedule. The field season will run from May through September comprised of limnological sampling (using handheld meters, zooplankton tow nets, Van Dorn bottle, autonomous underwater vehicle, and temperature data loggers) and lab components from May through December (reading zooplankton samples, filtering water samples, measuring water pH and alkalinity, and analyzing water samples for nutrient concentrations). This position will also ensure data entry and validation and the opportunity to conduct site visits with lab contractors.

* Requires frequent travel in a float plane (normally 2 day trips monthly).
* Requires often working in inclement weather and cold-water conditions from small planes.
* Will require working a flexible schedule, with some work at night, to achieve sampling objectives.
* Requires handling hazardous materials and proper use of personal protective equipment.

Who we are looking for:

We are looking for someone with the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

* Field: Knowledge of limnological sampling and sampling methods and platforms, such as from float planes and skiffs. Attentive to safety in the field.
* Lab: Knowledge of chemistry methods to determine freshwater nutrient concentrations. Maintains and safely operates lab equipment, accurately measure chemicals and samples, follows established protocol, and maintains a clean workplace.
* Data: Knowledge of entering and editing data in databases and spreadsheets, and compiling data summaries.
* Work traits: Possesses a healthy work ethic, attention to detail and organizational skills. Meets deadlines, works independently, effectively communicates with supervisor, constructive team member supporting positive workplace culture, and performs repetitive tasks with accuracy and precision.

To view the general description and example of duties for a Fishery Biologist 2 please go to the following link:

Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, biometrics, oceanography, forestry, fisheries science, or natural resource management;


One year of professional experience as a biologist or fish culturist. The required professional biologist experience is met by service as a Fishery Biologist 1, Fish Culturist 1, Wildlife Biologist 1, or Habitat Biologist 1 with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.


A bachelor's degree from an accredited college that includes or is supplemented by the following credit hours will substitute for the degree in a specific field:

* at least 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, biometrics, oceanography, forestry, aquaculture, aquatic ecology, fisheries resources, or natural resource management (excluding courses that focus on agricultural husbandry techniques, human population dynamics, or the design and manipulation of landscapes), of which 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) are upper division courses; and
* at least 12 semester hours (16 quarter hours) in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, geology, hydrology, or GIS.

A master's degree from an accredited college in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, biometrics, oceanography, forestry, fisheries science, or natural resource management, will substitute for the required year of professional level biologist experience. An individual who will complete the educational requirements and obtain the required master's degree within six months may apply and be considered for a vacancy. Such applicants may be given a conditional job offer but may not be appointed until receipt of the required degree has been documented.

Special Note:

"Upper division courses" means courses that are specialized, in-depth and advanced. Such courses emphasize problem-solving, analytical thinking skills, and theoretical applications, with depth and rigor in a discipline's theories and methods; specialization in a particular field or profession; refinement of general education; and/or development of specific intellectual and professional skills. Upper division courses are commonly identified in college catalogs as 300 level and higher.

Some positions may require training in specialized areas such as hydroacoustics, microscopic analysis, underwater research, or fish habitat restoration or enhancement.

Additional Required Information


This recruitment is open to Alaska Residents only. Applicants must meet Alaska Residency Requirements in order to be considered for employment at this time.


For your application to be evaluated you must answer the Supplemental Questions. Be specific in your answers and tell us how you acquired the relevant experience. Please use complete sentences and proof-read your submissions when answering the supplemental questions. Your responses will be considered a writing sample and will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment process.


If selected, please provide the following at the time of the interview:

* Please provide three professional references with current contact information
* Professional License/Certifications: First Aid and CPR

Special Note:

* A valid driver's license is required.


Please be aware - this position requires the use of the Alaska Public Safety Information Network (APSIN). A security clearance issued by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) is necessary to use APSIN. DPS will deny security clearance for any applicant who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in this state or another jurisdiction, or who may be a fugitive from justice. Additionally, security clearance will be withdrawn if DPS discovers that material information was falsified or omitted at the time of the initial application for security clearance.


Hiring for this position is conditional of the final applicant having a satisfactory criminal history report from the Alaska State Troopers. The employer will coordinate with the final candidate to obtain the required report and will pay for or reimburse the cost.


This position requires the use or possession of a firearm or ammunition. In accordance with the federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 (PL 104-208), if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you may not hold this position.

A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is an offense that is (1) a misdemeanor under Federal or state law; and (2) has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.

If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, do NOT apply for this position.


To verify education is being used to meet and/or support the required minimum qualifications/competencies, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials used to meet or support the minimum qualifications/competencies for a position and are required with each application. (Unofficial is okay; please ensure the institution/URL name is listed on the transcripts). Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview; if not, transcripts will be required before employment.


Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Omission of required documentation listed will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration.


If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

NOTE: Attaching a resume or curriculum vitae is not an alternative to filling out the application in its entirety. Noting "see resume or CV" or any similar response on any portion of your application may lead to a determination your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job posting.


This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.


The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or (907) 465-4095 in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-800-770-8973 or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P.O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.


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Contact Information

For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager:

Heather Finkle

Phone: 907-486-1848


Careers with the State of Alaska offer MANY benefits

The following information describes typical benefits available to employees of the State of Alaska. Actual benefits received may differ by bargaining unit or branch of government, position type, or be prorated for other than full time work.

For a quick breakdown of the insurance, health, and retirement benefits available for State Employees you can view an orientation video from Division of Retirement and Benefits. (Please note this video is specifically designed for new State Employees.)

Insurance Benefits

* Health insurance, which includes employer contributions toward medical/vision/dental
* The following employee groups are under AlaskaCare Benefits administered by the State: See for additional information.
* Confidential
* Correctional Officers
* Marine Engineers
* Mt. Edgecumbe Teachers
* Supervisory
* Unlicensed Vessel Personnel/Inland Boatman's Union
* Exempt employees (not covered by collective bargaining)

The following employee groups are covered by Union health trusts. Contact the appropriate Union for additional information.

* General Government
* Labor, Trades and Crafts
* Public Safety Employees Association
* Masters, Mates & Pilots

Employer paid Basic Life insurance with additional coverage available (amount depends on Bargaining Unit)

Optional Insurance Benefits

* Group-based insurance premiums for
* Term life (employee, spouse or qualified same sex partner, and dependents)
* Long-term and short-term disability
* Accidental Death and Dismemberment
* Long-term care (self and eligible family members)
* Supplemental Survivor Benefits

Employee-funded flexible spending accounts for tax savings on eligible health care or dependent care expenses

Retirement Benefits

* Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Teachers' Retirement System (TRS)
* Matching employer contribution into a defined contribution program (new employees)
* Employer contribution into a defined benefit or defined contribution program (current employees)
* Contributions to the Alaska Supplemental Annuity Plan in lieu of contributions to Social Security
* Option to enroll in the Alaska Deferred Compensation Program
* Note: The Defined Contribution Plan, Supplemental Annuity Plan and Deferred Compensation Program offer a variety of investment options

See for additional information

Paid Leave & Other Benefits

* Personal leave with an accrual rate increase based on time served
* Eleven paid holidays a year


What is your experience analyzing water samples for components of phosphorous and nitrogen?


What is your experience identifying zooplankton from freshwater lakes?


What is your experience collecting limnological samples and data from small planes?


What is your experience in contributing to a positive workplace?


How do you stay motivated to perform repetitive tasks and meet deadlines?

Required Question

Agency State of Alaska

Address PO Box 110201

Juneau, Alaska, 99811

Phone (800) 587-0430 (Statewide toll-free number)

(907) 465-4095 (Juneau and out-of-state callers)


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