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General Biologist I

Science and Research

Biologist, Fishery


Kearneysville, West Virginia, United States


Work Where it Matters

Akima Systems Engineering (ASE), an Akima company, is not just another federal systems support contractor. As an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC), our mission and purpose extend beyond our exciting federal projects as we support our shareholder communities in Alaska.

At ASE, the work you do every day makes a difference in the lives of our 15,000 Iñupiat shareholders, a group of Alaska natives from one of the most remote and harshest environments in the United States.

For our shareholders, ASE provides support and employment opportunities and contributes to the survival of a culture that has thrived above the Arctic Circle for more than 10,000 years.

For our government customers, ASE delivers solutions in maritime IT, systems engineering, and integration across the Department of Defense and stands ready to help improve operational performance at a reasonable and sustainable cost.

As an ASE employee, you will be surrounded by a challenging, yet supportive work environment that is committed to innovation and diversity, two of our most important values. You will also have access to our comprehensive benefits and competitive pay in addition to growth opportunities and excellent retirement options.

Job Summary:

The mission of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Eastern Ecological Science Center at the Leetown Research Laboratory Freshwater Ecology Team (EESC-FET) is to excel in aquatic and natural resource science, providing the information, scientific understanding and technologies needed to support the sound management and conservation of the nation’s biological resources.

The focus of EESC-FET’s mission and vision for the future is to continue its dynamic international, national, and regional leadership in aquatic, landscape, and genetics research by generating, interpreting, evaluating, and transmitting the scientific information needed to better address the pressing problems of managing our nation's biological resources, especially those under the stewardship of the Department of the Interior, and other Federal and non-Federal partners. The primary means of gathering this information is through the use of scientific methods applied to monitoring resources and conducting experiments.

The EESC-FET is currently conducting research designed to predict stream fish responses to streamflow, stream temperature, climate, and land use changes.

Akima Systems Engineering is looking for a biologist to aid in interpretation of data, and to summarize findings in a variety of platforms including peer reviewed journal articles, reports, and presentations. These tasks are to support assessment of stream fish responses to landscape and climate factors, including their effects on streamflow and stream temperature.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist Principal Investigators’ efforts to evaluate the effects of land use and climate change of stream and river fishes using a suite of fish endpoints (species abundances, richness, functional traits).
  • Assist Principal Investigators in building models to assess drivers of stream temperature and to predict stream temperature at ungagged locations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
  • Lead and assist Principal Investigators in writing manuscripts and reports that detail results and conclusions by formatting tables and graphics and reporting progress to external stakeholders.
  • Lead and assist Principal Investigators in development of data visualization products that summarize research findings.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least an B.S. in Environmental Science, Biology, or Ecology from an accredited college or university plus at least 2 years' experience working in aquatic ecosystems with emphasis on fishes (experience with functional traits [fish morphology, life history, and phenology] preferred) and instream stressors (streamflow and/or stream temperature).
  • Experience in stream temperature data collection, cleaning, and analysis, and knowledge of drivers of stream temperature that can be leveraged to build models of stream temperature to predict to ungagged locations.
  • Experience working in large, collaborative teams to collate, clean, and analyze large datasets across many regions.
  • Experience using R software to tabulate, organize, summarize, and analyze and present data is required.
  • Submission of at least one lead author manuscript and/or publication of two co-authored manuscripts focusing on aquatic fishes at local and/or broad spatial scales is desired.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment, without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender or gender-identity, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, pregnancy or parental status, or any other basis prohibited by law. If you are an individual with a disability, and would like to request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us at or [Register to View] (information about job applications status is not available at this contact information).

Job: Life, Physical & Social Science

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Organization: ASE

Clearance: Not Applicable

Shift: Day Job

Work Type: On-Site

Req ID: ASE00689