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Fishery Biologist 1 (PCN 11N24131)

State of Alaska
Eagle River, Alaska, US
Closing date
Jun 15, 2024

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Academic / Research, Government
Informatics / GIS
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Full time
This position is open to Alaska Residents only.

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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Commercial Fisheries is recruiting for a Fisheries Biologist 1 located in Homer!

What you will be doing:

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Division of Commercial Fisheries is recruiting for a shellfish biologist and dive instructor in Anchorage, Alaska. This position assists in training Department diving personnel and planning and implementing scientific studies to evaluate the overall stock status of giant red sea cucumber and other shellfish and groundfish in Prince William Sound.

Our organization, mission, and culture:

This is an entry level biologist position that will provide an opportunity to work on shellfish fisheries assessment in Prince William Sound to support a commercial fishery for giant red sea cucumbers. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game strives for a diverse and inclusive workforce where safety and wellbeing are paramount and employees at all levels promote a culture where everyone is valued, treated equitably, and treated respectfully.

Benefits of joining our team:

This is an opportunity to join a dynamic group of management and research biologists working together to address pressing fisheries challenges such as managing data limited fisheries, bycatch issues, limited entry, and port sampling at a large spatial scale across multiple fisheries. Travel to Prince William Sound will be expected throughout the summer to conduct field work aboard Department and contracted research vessels.

The working conditions you can expect:

This position will work out of Anchorage but will assist in the fisheries assessment Prince William Sound region. Opportunities for travel will be frequent and field work on board research vessels will consist of SCUBA surveys for sea cucumbers.

Who we are looking for:

We are looking for an engaged and enthusiastic professional to join our team who has the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

* Experience training divers to carry out field work using SCUBA in Alaskan waters.
* Experience supporting dive survey development and writing project operation plans.
* Experience maintaining and repairing equipment commonly used in dive surveys including compressors, outboards, drysuits, and sampling gear.
* Experience working in MS Excel and Access to comile, error check and analyze fisheries data.

To view the general description and example of duties for a Fisheries Biologist 1 please go to the following link:

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


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.

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.

An individual who will complete the educational requirements and obtain the required bachelor'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.


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


Please submit a cover letter outlining how you meet the desired qualifications (who are we looking for) and why you would like to be considered for this position.

Provide at time of Interview:

* Transcripts
* SCUBA instructor certificate


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.


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

Martin Schuster

Fisheries Biologist 3

Phone: 907-235-8191]

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