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FISHERIES & FISH BIOLOGY


Fish Culturist
Fish Culturists are usually hired as seasonal workers (February to October), which could lead to a permanent position as openings occur. Employees participate in structured on-the-job training to develop a working knowledge and proficiency in the technical methods and procedures used in fish culture including: netting, sorting, grading, and weighing techniques; feeding, sampling, testing, inspection and treatment methodologies; extraction, fertilization, hatching, incubation and rearing practices and procedures. Fish culturists also perform semi-skilled construction and maintenance work on buildings, equipment and facilities. Employees must obtain a Commercial Driver’s License that permits the operation of vehicles of 26,000 pounds or more during the training period. After successful completion of the one-year training period, a Fish Culturist 1 is promoted to a Fish Culturist 2. Each applicant must be a Pennsylvania resident and possess a valid PA driver’s license.

How to Apply
You must check the State Civil Service Commission’s (SCSC) website at www.scsc.state.pa.us to ensure the test is currently open. This information is maintained under the “General Job Opportunities” section. The listing is updated daily and lists test announcements of jobs that are open for application and deadline dates for submitting an application. Review the test announcement and ensure you meet the minimum requirements for the job. If you are not sure you meet the requirements, you should contact one of the SCSC Offices. Submit an application for each test announcement for which you are interested.

 

Fisheries Technician

Fisheries Technicians perform technical work in the field of fisheries biology. As team members, they collect samples of various species of fish and other aquatic life, test water quality, determine physical characteristics of waterways including the stream bottom composition, administer questionnaires to aquatic resource users, prepare field notes, organize and analyze data and prepare technical reports. Applicants must have three years of technical fisheries science experience; or three years of college with 18 credits in biological sciences of which nine credits must be directly related to fish biology, fish ecology, fisheries management, ichthyology, fish culture, fish physiology, fish pathology, limnology, aquatic ecology, aquatic entomology or water quality; or an equivalent combination of experience and training.

How to Apply
You must check the State Civil Service Commission’s (SCSC) website at www.scsc.state.pa.us to ensure the test is currently open. This information is maintained under the “General Job Opportunities” section. The listing is updated daily and lists test announcements of jobs that are open for application and deadline dates for submitting an application. Review the test announcement and ensure you meet the minimum requirements for the job. If you are not sure you meet the requirements, you should contact one of the SCSC Offices. Submit an application for each test announcement for which you are interested.

 

Fisheries Biologist

The PFBC employs levels of biologists ranging from Fisheries Biologist 1 to Fisheries Biologist 5. Most PFBC biologists are hired as Fisheries Biologists 1. This is beginning level professional work in fisheries research or fisheries management. Assignments are selected to provide experience in the practical application of theories, procedures and methods used in fisheries biology. Fisheries Biologists 1 assist higher-level biologists in conducting studies, investigations and research projects by gathering and analyzing data, formulating recommendations and writing reports of findings. They also make microscopic and laboratory analyses of biological samples to identify, classify and isolate species. Fisheries biologists conduct investigations of fish kills and/or pollution problems and testify at legal proceedings. Fisheries biologists also speak before various groups and workshops such as sportsmen and conservation organizations, schools, civic clubs and professional organizations on subjects related to fisheries biology. Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree in a biological science that includes or is supplemented by 12 credits in fish biology, fish ecology, fisheries management, ichthyology, fish culture, fish physiology, fish pathology, limnology, aquatic ecology, aquatic entomology, water quality or other course closely related to fisheries science or aquatic ecology; or an equivalent combination of experience and training that includes 12 credits in fish biology, fish ecology, fisheries management, ichthyology, fish culture, fish physiology, fish pathology, limnology, aquatic ecology, aquatic entomology, water quality or other course closely relate to fisheries science or aquatic ecology. Possession of a valid PA driver’s license is also required.

How to Apply
You must check the State Civil Service Commission’s (SCSC) website at www.scsc.state.pa.us to ensure the test is currently open. This information is maintained under the “General Job Opportunities” section. The listing is updated daily and lists test announcements of jobs that are open for application and deadline dates for submitting an application. Review the test announcement and ensure you meet the minimum requirements for the job. If you are not sure you meet the requirements, you should contact one of the SCSC Offices. Submit an application for each test announcement for which you are interested.

 

Fisheries Biologist Aide

This is a seasonal position with the Bureau of Fisheries. Applicants must have a degree, or be in the course of study, in fisheries or a closely related field. The work involves assisting Fisheries Biologists by conducting creel studies; sampling fish populations, water quality, invertebrates, and aquatic insects; performing fisheries data tabulations; formatting data for reports; and performing routine maintenance on facility equipment. Work is conducted on various lakes, rivers and streams or in a hatchery setting.

How to Apply
These positions are normally filled by early spring. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, a Personal Data Sheet and resume to the Human Resource Office by December for consideration for the following season.