PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Departments of Energy and Environmental Protection and Agriculture this class is accountable for the most complex tasks in fisheries management, research and conservation.
Works under the limited supervision of an Environmental Protection Supervising Fisheries Biologist or other employee of higher grade.
May lead Environmental Protection Fisheries Biologists 1, Environmental Protection Resource Technicians or contract or volunteer labor as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Performs complex related duties within the parenthetical area; determines depth of lakes and ponds by soundings; drafts bottom contour maps; calculates area, volume and depth of lakes and ponds; collects samples of fish using nets and specialized equipment; analyzes stomach contents of fish and identifies parasites present; collects and identifies samples of bottom organisms and computes weight and number of fish food organisms; determines dissolved oxygen and carbon dioxide content present in water; prepares and analyzes growth curves of all species of fish collected; analyzes data and submits recommendations for laws, regulations and management; makes statistical estimates of fish populations; tests and evaluates various chemicals for use as aquatic weed killers; calculates chemical dosage, prescribes methods of application and oversees treatment for weed control; recommends type and amount of fish acquisition or development; plans and prepares special reports; serves as expert witness for state; acts as consultant to private landowners; participates in educational work of agency; may prepare fishery management plans; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of principles and methods of fisheries management; considerable knowledge of environmental and human factors involved in production, management and harvesting of stocks of fishes; knowledge of standard methods of water analysis used in fishery work; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to identify fishes, aquatic insects and aquatic plants; ability to make fishery surveys and studies; ability to apply sound statistical procedures; ability to utilize computer software.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Seven (7) years of experience in fisheries management.
Fisheries management is defined as work requiring a knowledge of scientific fields such as biology, ichthyology, fisheries science, fish population dynamics, aquatic ecology, limnology, fish taxonomy, fishery statistics, aquatic entomology, aquatic phycology and oceanography.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training in fisheries management as defined may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in fisheries management as defined may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
1. Incumbents in this class must be willing to accept assignment or transfer to any area of the State.
2. Incumbents may be required to live on a vessel for extended periods of time.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
4. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
1. Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility and visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness as to be able to perform the duties.
2. Incumbents in this class must be able to swim.
3. Appropriate examinations will be required.
Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some danger of injury or physical harm from environmental conditions and to a moderate degree of discomfort from exposure to year round weather conditions.
1. The classification of Environmental Protection Fisheries Biologist 2 (Inland)(Marine) is assigned to Salary Group ES 25a.
2. Employees shall proceed through that salary group and then shall proceed to the maximum salary of Salary Group ES 26.
3. The Job Code is identified as Salary Plan EE in CORE-CT.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(15)-ENG, SCIEN, TECH P-4
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Environmental Protection Fisheries Biologist 2 (Marine) in Salary Group ES 25 approved effective December 27, 2013. (Revised to expand the usage to the Department of Agriculture)