Fisheries Biologist

Description: FISHBIO, a fisheries research and monitoring company, is seeking a Fisheries Biologist to be based in our Oakdale or Chico office. The position would primarily be an office job focused on report writing, study design, data analysis, and technical support for ongoing fisheries research and regulatory consulting. It would also involve fieldwork, particularly in early 2019, including field data collection, and equipment installation and maintenance.

Requirements/Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in fisheries biology, aquatic biology/ecology or closely related field; or possess five or more years of experience in a related field.
  • Experience with fisheries monitoring programs and physical ability to collect field data (e.g., fish catch, water quality, surveying, hydraulics/hydrology) are required: must be in good health, able to lift 50 lbs., and be a good swimmer.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • A strong work ethic, ability to work independently and as part of a research team, and good interpersonal skills are all necessary.
  • Writing skills are integral to daily activities, and excellent verbal and written communication skills that include technical writing and group presentations are a must.
  • A flexible work schedule is required, as occasional overnight travel and working nights, weekends, and/or holidays is anticipated.
  • Candidates should be detail-oriented, self-motivated, and be comfortable in a fast-paced and rapidly changing work environment.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Degree in Fisheries, Wildlife, or a related discipline.
  • Experience with salmon life-cycle monitoring equipment (e.g., weirs, rotary screw traps) is highly desired.
  • General knowledge of California coastal and/or Central Valley rivers.
  • Knowledge of California salmonid populations, harvest, policy, and management.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and statistical software such as R.
  • Experience with experimental design, data management, and statistical analyses.
  • Strong writing skills that include the ability to write reports or client memos for non-technical audiences, as well as technical reports and journal manuscripts.
  • Familiarity with federal and California regulatory processes (e.g., NEPA/CEQA, FERC), and/or a working knowledge of water and endangered aquatic species policies.
  • Experience participating in technical working groups and interacting collaboratively with researchers from universities and government agencies.
  • The ability to effectively communicate with a wide variety of audiences, including field crews, project staff, clients, and the public.

Salary: Based on experience and qualifications
Start Date: On or before January 1, 2019
Contact: Erin Loury, FISHBIO Communications Director,
To apply: please send a current CV and a writing sample that relate to the requirements of this position to




Oakdale or Chico, CA



Date Posted

October 01, 2018

Job Type

Full Time