Aquatic Biologist | San Marcos, Texas Office

Job Description:

 BIO-WEST, Inc. is seeking a highly motivated and passionate aquatic biologist with a strong background in freshwater mussel and/or fisheries research. This is a full-time position that will consist of approximately 60% fieldwork and 40% office work. Specific experience with Texas freshwater mussels and fishes, or similar taxa in other regions, is preferred. This position will involve conducting surveys, relocations, applied research, and population monitoring related to freshwater mussels and fishes. The successful applicant should be well-versed in all project phases including proposal preparation, study design, field data collection, data analysis, and report preparation. Although fieldwork will be focused within freshwater systems of Texas, there is potential for occasional work throughout the south and intermountain west. The successful applicant may also assist with other BIO-WEST projects involving herps, birds, mammals, aquatic invertebrates, coastal ecology, or aquatic plants, as necessary.


Master of Science or PhD in Aquatic Biology, Fisheries Science, or related field. Knowledge of common freshwater mussel and fisheries sampling techniques and experience identifying Texas fish and mussels. Knowledge of operating and maintaining small boats, kayaks, outboard motors, and electrofishing gear. Certified SCUBA diver with experience in snorkeling/diving, study design, statistical analysis, and report preparation. Strong problem solving, experimental design and technical writing skills are paramount to this position.  Knowledge of Word, Excel, Adobe, R, ArcGIS, and other software packages for analysis and reporting.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands:

Must be comfortable wading, snorkeling, diving, and boating in Texas streams, rivers, and lakes that experience a wide range of conditions. Must be willing to work irregular hours on occasion, including weekends and evenings, in remote locations in inclement weather. This position will require travel to remote areas to conduct field work for several days at a time. Must have ability to work as part of a team with team members of varying backgrounds and skill levels.


Excellent benefits package (PTO, paid holidays, medical and dental insurance, profit sharing, 401K, merit bonuses). Pay commensurate with experience/education.


Commensurate with experience, skills, education, and training.


To apply for this position, please send letter of interest, CV or resumé, one scientific writing example, and contact information for 3 professional references to Dana Sands:

1063 West 1400 North
Logan, UT  84321-2291
Ph: 435.752.4202.
Email: [email protected]

For specific inquiries about the position, please contact Brad Littrell ([email protected]).