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Employment Opportunities

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), a federal-interstate water resource management agency, currently has one employment opportunity:

Aquatic Biologist (Deadline to Apply: 4 p.m., Friday, June 30, 2017)



SALARY RANGE: $55,000 - $82,400

BRANCH: Science and Water Quality Management

SUPERVISED BY: Manager, Water Quality Assessment


As a member of the Science and Water Quality Management Branch, the Aquatic Biologist provides technical services in support of monitoring, water quality modeling, data management, and other activities conducted by the Commission in the Delaware River Basin. Responsibilities include the collection of biological, chemical, and physical data, and samples in freshwater, estuarine, and marine environments; interpretation of biological data and measurements; analysis of water samples; and management of monitoring data.

More specifically, the Aquatic Biologist will be primarily responsible for the following:

  • Continued development and execution of the Commission’s biological monitoring program, including preparing Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPP), training other staff in field techniques, planning and execution of field monitoring events, and performing data analysis;
  • Performs biological measurements including bacterial indicators and collects samples during biomonitoring surveys of fish, invertebrates, plankton, periphyton, and aquatic plants;
  • Sorts, identifies, and analyzes data from macroinvertebrate samples for taxonomy;
  • Evaluates biological data from estuarine environments including phytoplankton, zooplankton, benthic macroinvertebrates, and fish;
  • Assesses biological data for community and pollution tolerance characteristics and assists in the development of biocriteria;
  • Conducts various physical measurements such as stream discharge, stream morphology, and substrate analysis, and chemical measurements in the field and laboratory;
  • Prepares for monitoring events by maintaining monitoring equipment, ordering supplies, and performing calibration of equipment prior to and during surveys;
  • Manages analytical and professional services contracts;
  • Coordinates with advisory committees, regulators, and stakeholders;
  • Develops statistical scripts and tools for the performance of sophisticated data assessment and interpretation;
  • Communicates findings in written reports and verbal presentations; and
  • Assume other technical responsibilities as assigned.


Education: A minimum of a Master’s Degree in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, or related curriculum with an emphasis in water resource management. A Ph.D. or status as a doctoral candidate is desired.

Experience: Three (3) or more years of experience in the water resource field, including a demonstrated understanding of ecological principles and assessment of water quality via biological monitoring, including the development of IBIs, TALUs, or equivalent; demonstrated capability of performing field monitoring in aquatic environments; demonstrated ability to develop advanced programming code or scripts in the R statistical programming language; demonstrated ability with Microsoft Office including Access, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint; and experience in the operation of a boat, including possession of New Jersey Boating Safety Certificate or ability to obtain within 3 months of hire. Previous experience in the Delaware Estuary and Bay desired. Demonstrated ability to utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS), preferably ESRI ArcGIS software to produce, display, and analyze spatial data is also preferred.

Applicants to the Delaware River Basin Commission must be able to work lawfully in the United States.

The salary for the selected candidate will be based upon education and years of relevant experience.


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Submissions for the Aquatic Biologist position must be received by 4:00 p.m., Friday, June 30, 2017