Job Posting – Environmental Biologist – Water Quality Monitoring (closing 11/27)

The Kentucky Division of Water’s mission is to manage, protect, and enhance the quality and quantity of the Commonwealth’s water resources for present and future generations through voluntary, regulatory, and educational programs. Our organization presents an opportunity for you to make a difference in the waters of Kentucky through an exciting and collaborative environment.

This position is an excellent opportunity to gain water quality monitoring experience and in-depth knowledge of Kentucky streams through extensive travel and field work. Fieldwork will include the collection of macro invertebrate, diatom, fish, and water samples, primarily from March through September, with an emphasis on the collection of benthic macro invertebrates. During the fall and winter, this position will be focused on picking and identifying aquatic macro invertebrates in a laboratory setting. Additional responsibilities include entering and managing field and laboratory data.

Monitoring goals associated with this position include assessing and reporting on the health of the waters of the Commonwealth, evaluating the effectiveness of water quality improvement projects, and responding to incidents such as harmful algal blooms in recreational waters of the state.

Previous experience in collecting and/or identifying benthic macro invertebrates is preferred. Experience with aquatic ecology, fish or algae collection and identification, general taxonomy, water sampling, or field work is beneficial. Important skills include attention to detail and data management.

Responsibilities typically include, but are not limited to, the following:

– Collecting water and biological samples (macro invertebrates, pathogens, diatoms, and/or fish) in streams and rivers according to standard operating procedures.

– Sorting and identifying benthic macro invertebrate samples and analyzing E. coli samples.

– Entering and managing field and laboratory data.

– Assisting with data analysis, reporting, and water quality assessments.

– Assisting with the review and development of monitoring project study plans.

– Participating in workgroups and meetings that may involve developing or updating water quality monitoring policies and procedures.

The Division of Water offers flexibility in work schedules, time away from the desk, and a chance to network with a wide range of like-minded professionals.

If you are interested in a rewarding career with the Division of Water, we would love to review your application.


JOB TITLE:Environmental Biologist Specialist



EMPLOYMENT TYPE:Full Time, Eligible for Overtime Pay|18A|37.5hr/wk

HIRING AGENCY:Energy & Environment Cabinet – Dept for Environmental Protection

LOCATION:300 Sower Blvd

Frankfort, Kentucky, 40601

United States



EDUCATION: Graduate of a college or university with a bachelor’s degree in a biological, environmental or natural science, which includes at least thirty credit hours in the biological sciences.

EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, OR SKILLS: One year of professional experience in research, environmental impact assessment, or related environmental program areas.

Substitute EDUCATION for EXPERIENCE: Graduate work in the biological, environmental, or natural sciences will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.



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