Class Title: BIOLOGIST 1*
Bargaining Unit: Use for all Job Titles
Class Code: 077841
Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree, including at least 36 quarter hours (or 24 semester hours) in biology, in one of the following areas: (1) biology or biological sciences, (2) botanical sciences, (3) environmental or conservation sciences, (4) zoological sciences, or (5) aquatic, terrestrial, or wetland biology or ecology or other acceptable biological science related field.

Other Requirements:

Necessary Special Qualifications: A valid motor vehicle operator’s license may be required.
Examination Method: Education and Experience,100%, for Preferred Service positions.

Job Overview:

Summary: Under immediate supervision, is responsible for professional biological investigation and field survey or laboratory work of routine difficulty; and performs related work as required.
Distinguishing Features: This is the entry level class in the Biologist sub-series. An employee in this class learns to perform a variety of biological, laboratory, and field survey work such as water sampling, and collection and/or identification of aquatic, semi-aquatic, and terrestrial plants and animals including macro invertebrates, fish, periphyton, etc. This class flexes to and differs from the Biologist 2 in that an incumbent of the latter performs at the intermediate level. This class flexes to and differs from Biologist 3 in that an incumbent of the latter performs a full range of biological, laboratory, and field survey work such as water sampling, and collection and/or identification of aquatic, semi-aquatic, and terrestrial plants and animals including macro invertebrates, fish, periphyton, etc.
*An applicant appointed to this flexibly staffed class will be reclassified to the Biologist 2 after successful completion of a mandatory one year training period; an applicant will then be reclassified to the Biologist 3 after successful completion of an additional one year training period (therefore meeting the mandatory two year training period). Inadequate or marginal performance during the training period will result in automatic termination.

Work Activities: Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:

  1. Learns to conduct inspections to determine compliance with laws, regulations, or standards.

 Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:

  1. Learns to identify aquatic, semi-aquatic, and terrestrial plants and animals including macro invertebrates, fish, periphyton, etc.
  2. Learns to conduct aquatic and terrestrial field evaluations of current ecological conditions to perform hydrologic determinations.
  3. Learns to identify wetland areas.
  4. Learns to prepare and identify organisms for data analysis.

 Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:

  1. Learns to conduct whole effluent toxicity tests.

Getting Information:

  1. Learns to perform aquatic and terrestrial field evaluations of current ecological conditions to determine water and land quality.
  2. Learns to collect chemical and biological samples using appropriate field equipment and instrumentation.
  3. Learns to assess habitats for plants and animals.

 Processing Information:

  1. Learns to compile legally-defensible environmental documents.
  2. Learns all aspects of quality assurance/quality control programs.
  3. Learns to compile, process, and review records, data, operational plans, enforcement action requests, etc.
  4. Learns to prepare reports for aquatic, terrestrial, and wetland evaluations.
  5. Learns to manage databases, as designated, to meet agency requirements.

Analyzing Data or Information:

  1. Learns to analyze environmental data using mathematical and statistical methods.

 Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Other:

  1. Learns to read, interpret, and/or develop maps and plans.

 Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment:

  1. Maintains, repairs, and/or calibrates electronic equipment, as needed.

 Performing General Physical Activities:

  1. Performs physical activities, such as walking (i.e. ditches, uneven terrain, etc.), wading in water, climbing, lifting (such as coolers, generators, etc.), operating field equipment (backpack shockers, augers, core samplers, or probes), etc.

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:

  1. Learns to provide consultative, technical, or educational services to stakeholders.
  2. Responds to environmental and/or other requests/inquiries in a timely manner.

 Documenting/Recording Information:

  1. Learns to maintain records of observations made during field evaluations to document data collection, ambient site conditions, and evaluation location.
  2. Learns to maintain logs/records to document chain-of-custody procedures, instrument readings, and quality control activities.
  3. Maintains records of correspondence.

Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment:

  1. Maintains, repairs and/or calibrates mechanical equipment, as needed.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:

  1. Fulfills established educational/training/safety requirements.

Interacting With Computers:

  1. Uses various software programs, such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), etc.
  2. Enters time and leave within the designated computer program, in a proper and timely manner.

Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:

  1. Learns to respond to environmental and/or regulatory issues with landowners, permit holders, and other concerned individuals.
  2. Assists in conducting educational workshops in conjunction with schools and environmental interest groups to heighten public awareness about the environment.
  3. Attends public/regulatory/professional meetings and/or hearings, as necessary.

Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment:

  1. Operates personal or assigned vehicles (including, but not limited to: water craft, all-terrain vehicles – ATVs, etc.), in accordance with agency policy and procedures, as well as all traffic laws.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:

  1. Works harmoniously with fellow team members.
  2. Works with other agencies and organizations to give or receive information as needed.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:

  1. Advises management about issues of concern as they occur.
  2. Provides effective communication to supervisors and/or peers.
  3. Recognizes, provides, and communicates areas of improvement.
  4. Communicates regularly with supervisors and/or coworkers to ensure consistent program operation.

Performing Administrative Activities:

  1. Distributes documents to appropriate parties, to ensure proper routing.
  2. Completes required documentation for travel and/or field use of vehicles.

Competencies (KSA’s): Competencies:

  1. Functional/Technical Competency
  2. Technical Learning
  3. Ethics & Values
  4. Listening
  5. Written Communications
  6. Learning on the Fly
  7. Problem Solving
  8. Perseverance
  9. Time Management
  10. Dealing with Ambiguity


  1. Biology
  2. Chemistry
  3. Mathematics
  4. Geography


  1. Science
  2. Time Management
  3. Active Learning
  4. Critical Thinking
  5. Speaking
  6. Writing
  7. Equipment Maintenance
  8. Management of Material Resources


  1. Oral Comprehension
  2. Oral Expression
  3. Written Comprehension
  4. Near Vision
  5. Written Expression
  6. Stamina
  7. Finger Dexterity
  8. Gross Body Equilibrium
  9. Selective Attention
  10. Spatial Orientation
  11. Manual Dexterity
  12. Deductive Reasoning
  13. Flexibility of Closure

Tools and Equipment Used:

  1. Computers/Tablets
  2. Telephone/Cell Phones
  3. Scanner/Printer/Fax Machine
  4. Maps /Plans
  5. Motor Vehicles/All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV’s)
  6. Global Positioning System (GPS)
  7. Water Vehicles
  8. Safety and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  9. Fluorometer
  10. Surveying Equipment
  11. Water Quality Meters
  12. Sampling Equipment
  13. Laboratory Equipment
  14. Cameras and Optical Equipment
  15. Outdoor Equipment/Power Tools
  16. Electroshocking Equipment
  17. Field Equipment


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