Shellfish Biologist
Dept Fish Wildlife Env Law Enf
New Bedford, MA

$56,000 - $81,000 a year

The 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.

The Aquatic Biologist II assists in the operation of Division’s Shellfish Sanitation and Management Program on the South Shore, conducting analysis of bacteriological data, sanitary classification, water quality and biotoxin monitoring of shellfish growing areas, technical assistance to coastal town shellfish departments, shellfish surveys and review of proposed coastal alterations regarding impact on shellfish habitat and water quality. The incumbent also assists various other Division programs as required.

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

1. Plans and conducts field investigations leading to the classification of shellfish growing areas consistent with the National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP), including collection and interpretation of water quality data, shoreline surveys to identify pollution sources, and completion of sanitary surveys, triennial reevaluations and annual evaluations in support of classification decisions.

2. Prepares written NSSP required reports to support shellfish growing area classification decisions and management recommendations. Prepares technical and non-technical letters and memoranda related to sanitary classification and biological surveys associated with coastal alterations and shellfisheries management.

3. Provides technical assistance to coastal communities in shellfish biology and diseases, shellfisheries management and identification and mitigation of pollution sources. Answers requests for information from municipal officials, state and federal government agencies, and the public on all matters relating to the NSSP and shellfish in Massachusetts.

4. Provides support to the Fisheries Habitat Project staff by reviewing proposed coastal alteration projects with regard to impacts on water quality, shellfish resources and shellfish habitat.

5. Organizes, records, and maintains data for computer analysis. Prepares graphical presentations of data for analysis and inclusion in reports, publications and presentations.

6. Performs biological shellfish surveys in growing areas and on aquaculture license sites for use in managing shellfish resources and in determining effects of coastal alterations on shellfish habitat. SCUBA diving is sometimes required.

7. Serves as backup to the principal Bacteriologist at DMF’ lab in SMAST West.

8. Keeps and maintains the records for all shellfish classification, and opening and closure notices (status changes). This includes editing and ensuring the distribution of notices to all required recipients. Incumbent is also responsible for collecting and maintaining up to date records of town shellfish regulations.

9. Represents Shellfish Program and Agency, conducting meetings and providing oral presentations to the public, shellfish industry and fisheries professionals. Occasionally participates in evening meetings to provide information and technical assistance to local communities.

1 10. As a DMF certified SCUBA diver, incumbent will conduct underwater research activities for the Shellfish Program and other Division programs as required.

1 11. Operates and maintains field equipment, including motor vehicles, small craft and trailers, sampling gear and mooring hardware.

12. Assists other Marine Fisheries projects, as assigned and as time allows.

Considerable knowledge of fishery biology and management as related to shellfish management, sanitation and marine biotoxins.
Working knowledge of the National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP).
Working knowledge of bacteriological sampling and testing as well as knowledge of survey and sampling design and application.
SCUBA Open Water certification is required.
Familiarity with sampling gear commonly used in the field of fisheries science and associated disciplines.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to speak effectively and prepare clear and concise written general and technical reports.
Knowledge of computer software including Microsoft Office suite with ability to perform arithmetic and statistical computations.
Ability to analyze and determine the applications of biological data, to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.
Ability to supervise employee(s), as well as work independently.


First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, para-professional or technical experience in marine biology or fisheries management work, of which (B) at least one year must have been in a professional capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

I. A Bachelor’s degree with a major in marine, fisheries or wildlife biology; fisheries or wildlife management; marine science or oceanography may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.*

II. A Graduate degree with a major in marine, fisheries or, fisheries or wildlife biology; fisheries or wildlife management; marine science or oceanography may be substituted for one year of the required (A) experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.*

  • Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Official Title: Aquatic Biologist II
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-New Bedford -706 S R Frch Blvd
Job: Science
Agency: Department of Fish And Game
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day
Job Posting: Sep 18, 2019, 8:24:50 AM
Number of Openings: 1
Salary: 55,935.88 - 81,432.26 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Johanna M. Zabriskie - 617-626-1599
Bargaining Unit: 09-MOSES - Engineers/Scientists
Confidential: No