Biological Monitoring Technician: Northern Minnesota streams (fish, macroinvertebrates)


Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

North Biological Monitoring Unit

Brainerd, MN

We are looking for biologists to assist with aquatic biomonitoring surveys on rivers and streams in northern Minnesota.

Job duties include:

Collecting stream fish using electrofishing techniques Collecting stream macroinvertebrates using D-nets Collecting water chemistry samples and measuring water chemistry parameters Conducting qualitative and quantitative habitat surveys Assist crew leader with development of daily monitoring schedule and day-to-day oversight of more junior staff members

Preferred qualifications include:

One season of field experience sampling fish, invertebrates, water chemistry or habitat.

Coursework in ichthyology, fisheries science, aquatic invertebrates, water chemistry, or aquatic ecology.

Experience working with data using Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel Knowledge of water and boat safety.

Ability to work in a team setting.

Good communication skills.

The position requires extensive travel across northern Minnesota and the willingness to stay overnight (in motels) for up to three nights per week. The work may be carried out in remote areas, in inclement weather, and can be physically-demanding at times.  Candidates should be able to work well with others in small- and medium-sized field crews.

Candidates must be enrolled in or graduated from a science related program for a 2 year associates or 4 year bachelor’s degree, and possess a valid driver’s license.

Pay rate:

$16.50 – $22.65/hourly

Motel lodging provided during work week, plus meal expense reimbursement.

Work hours are typically Monday-Thursday 10 hours per day with overnight travel.

Start/End Dates:

Early June to late September, 2020


The position will be based in Brainerd, but will require extensive travel throughout northern Minnesota.  Brainerd is located just north of the geographical center of Minnesota.

To Apply:

Full position description and online application instructions are available via the State of Minnesota Careers website:  Job ID: 36682

Applications accepted through January  13, 2020.