Fisheries Habitat Specialist
Dept Fish Wildlife Env Law Enf
Gloucester, MA

$53,000 - $78,000 a year

The Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game works to preserve the state's natural resources and people's right to conservation of those resources, as protected by Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. To carry out this mission, the Department exercises responsibility over the Commonwealth's marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants, and natural communities, as well as the habitats that support them.

The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries serves Massachusetts’ citizens by protecting, restoring, and enhancing fishery resources and their habitats, while providing sustainable fisheries related recreational and commercial opportunities.

A cover letter and resume must be submitted as part of the application process and attached “as relevant” to the requisition.

The Department of Fish and Game, Division of Marine Fisheries (MADMF) Fisheries’ Habitat Program is accepting resumes and applications for the position of Fisheries Habitat Specialist (Environmental Analyst I).

The Fisheries Habitat Specialist (Environmental Analyst I) is responsible for conducting environmental review and assisting with fieldwork associated with habitat research and monitoring projects conducted by DMF in Massachusetts coastal waters. The individual in this position will perform restoration, enhancement, research, and monitoring of fisheries habitats. This person will maintain records and prepare written comments for environmental review of coastal alteration permit applications.

The Fisheries Habitat Specialist conducts field and laboratory activities related to seagrass, artificial reef, environmental review, and climate change for the Habitat Program.

Duties include:
Manage field operations including collection of biological data, operation of motor vehicles, small craft and trailers.
Coordinate fieldwork logistics, priorities, and schedules with input from project staff.
Assist with the environmental review of coastal construction projects, including maintaining records according to a standard operating procedures.
Assist with planning and implementing marine habitat research and mapping projects in coastal Massachusetts.
Perform literature reviews of scientific journals with a focus on habitat research related topics.
SCUBA dive as needed to conduct restoration and monitoring tasks.
Process samples in the lab, including seagrass, sediment, water chemistry, etc..
Maintain field and laboratory equipment and related inventory, including ,standard maintenance on boats.
Record, manage and interpret data using Microsoft Excel and ArcGIS, Systat or other statistical packages, and Microsoft Access or other databases.
Assist in preparation of technical reports and preparation of graphical presentations of data for inclusion in reports and publications.
Assist other MADMF projects as needed.

Qualifications required at hire:
SCUBA certificate from a recognized organization (PADI, NAUI, AAUS). Hiring is subject to successful completion of DMF Diver certification process and associated medical screening.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs specifically Excel, Word, PowerPoint,
Good physical condition and ability to work long hours in sometimes strenuous situations and conditions,
Job may require some work on weekends and some longer/earlier/later than normal work days.
Knowledge of seagrass biology, ecology and restoration,
Ability to identify marine aquatic vegetation, fish and invertebrates common in Massachusetts,
Strong organizational skills.

Additional preferred qualifications:
Direct experience with marine habitat monitoring
Extensive experience trailering and operating small motorized vessels
Extensive experience SCUBA diving in a scientific or professional capacity, including cold water scientific diving
Ability to make critical safety decisions in the field
Experience/familiarity with Microsoft Access and ArcGIS
CPR / basic first aid certified


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, technical or professional experience In the field of environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

I. An Associate's degree with a major in environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience.*

II. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major in environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health may be substituted for the required 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 Motor Vehicle Operator's License

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

Official Title: Environmental Analyst I
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Gloucester-30 Emerson Ave
Job: Science
Agency: Department of Fish And Game
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day
Job Posting: Oct 8, 2019, 8:51:59 AM
Number of Openings: 1
Salary: 53,188.72 - 77,725.44 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Johanna Zabriskie - 617-626-1599
Bargaining Unit: 09-MOSES - Engineers/Scientists
Confidential: No