NATURAL RESOURCES BIOLOGIST V
DEPARTMENT: DNR - Fisheries Service
DATE OPENED: 3/24/2022 11:59:00 PM
FILING DEADLINE: 4/11/2022 11:59:00 PM
SALARY: $54,822.00 - $89,738.00/year
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-Time WORK LOCATION: Talbot
LOCATION OF POSITION
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
904 S. Morris Street
Oxford, Maryland 21654
Main Purpose Of Job
The main purpose of this position is to identify and analyze the impact of known and emerging pathogens, parasites, and pathologies of economically and ecologically important shellfish in Maryland waters.
The position provides diagnostic capabilities in histopathology, microbiology, immunoassay, and in situ hybridization to determine causes of mortalities, and determine distribution, prevalence, relative abundance, and effect of infectious agents and pathological conditions. The position recognizes and identifies pathological effects of viral, bacterial, fungal, protozoan, and metazoan infectious agents, as well as effects of proliferative and toxicological disorders of shellfish and finfish. The position provides expert evaluation of disease risks from proposed mollusc imports and evaluations of health inspection results from external sources to protect Maryland shellfish resources from introduced disease agents. The position is recognized as a regional subject matter expert. The position initiates and prepares detailed research plans and funding proposals for independent research and collaborative Maryland DNR surveys and prepares reports and publications documenting results of investigations and research.
Experience: Four years of professional experience conducting research and analysis in the fields of biology, biochemistry, environmental science, natural science, natural resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology, physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management or zoology and six years of experience in performing professional biological work in the field of natural resources management.
Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental aquaculture, natural science, natural resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology or physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management, zoology, or a natural resources management related field of study from an accredited college or university and six years of experience in performing professional biological work in the field of natural resources management for the required experience.
Candidates may substitute graduate education beyond a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a natural resources related field of study as described above at the rate of 15 graduate credit hours for one year of experience for up to two years of the required experience.
3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in the natural resources management and biological sciences classifications or natural resources management and biological sciences specialty codes in the wildlife biology field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.
DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
Advanced degree (Master's or Doctoral) in aquatic animal health, aquaculture and/or fisheries science and management.Experience with the identification of common, rare, and emerging pathogens of bivalves including oysters, clams and mussels.Experience in the analysis of health data to determine prevalence, geographic distribution and severity of infectious and non-infectious diseases.Experience with PCR assays for qualitative and quantitative detection of pathogen DNAs in shellfish and finfish tissues, cultured cells, and/or environmental samples.Experience with situ assays of histological sections with DNA and antibody probes specific for pathogenic microbes, disease conditions, or expressed genes.Experience in histological and micro-bacteriology techniques and assays used for disease analysis of shellfish. Experience in histopathological, microbiological, immunoassay and molecular shellfish disease diagnostic services and analysis.Experience working with shellfish pathogens specific to oysters.Experience with pathogens specific to bivalves other than oysters.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.
Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.
The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.
Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application and supplemental questionnaire may be submitted to: Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division, 301 W. Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received in our office by the closing date for the recruitment. No postmarks will be accepted.
For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the DBM Recruitment and Examination Division at Application.Help@maryland.gov or 410-767-4850, MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.
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