STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
CLASSIFICATION: CHIEF WATER POLLUTION BIOLOGIST
Class Code: 1953-30 Date Established: 05-21-79
Occupational Code: 7-6-2 Date of Last Revision: 12-28-01
BASIC PURPOSE: To administer, plan and coordinate all phases of project operations concerning water quality in the field of aquatic biology.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Plans and administers field and management activities of comprehensive limnological research and administration programs.
· Develops project proposals, grant requests, budgets and contracts to obtain funding for limnological research.
· Coordinates staff assignments, directly supervises and evaluates professional employees, and organizes project studies.
· Prepares scientific papers on the result of advanced limnological research for scientific journals.
· Directs Limnology Center involving buying equipment and establishing quality assurance programs.
· Testifies on appropriate house and senate bills, as well as at public hearings and court deliberations.
Skill: Requires skill in analyzing and interpreting data, policy and procedures OR in using equipment in order to arrive at logical conclusions or recommendations.
Knowledge: Requires logical or scientific expertise to resolve problems of a specialized or professional nature in a wide range of applications.
Impact: Requires responsibility for achieving major aspects of long-range agency objectives by planning short- and long-term organization goals, reviewing recommendations for procedural changes, and developing or revising program policies. Errors at this level result in incorrect decisions at an administrative level, and are detected subsequent to implementation in an overall evaluation process.
Supervision: Requires delegating supervisory or program responsibilities to subordinate managers, with overall accountability for hiring employees and approving program policies. The supervisor in this position assumes responsibility for an organizational unit, including developing long-range plans, analyzing staffing requirements, and formulating systemwide policies and procedures.
Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job functions in a controlled environment with minimal exposure to disagreeable job elements and little risk of hazard to physical or mental health.
Physical Demands: Requires light work, including continuous walking or operating simple equipment for extended periods of time as well as occasional strenuous activities such as reaching or bending.
Communication: Requires acting as the official representative of the agency, including explaining and defending current and long-range goals or objectives which directly affect public policy decisions regarding major state programs and services.
Complexity: Requires evaluating a combination of wide-ranging job functions to determine work procedures, to solve problems, and to reach conclusions by applying analytical, technical, or scientific thinking. This level also requires planning policies and long-term strategies, drawing conclusions based on available criteria, and evaluating the effectiveness of program objectives.
Independent Action: Requires administrative decision-making in authorizing and monitoring the implementation of major departmental policies and procedures.
Education: Master's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in aquatic or marine biology. Each additional year of approved formal education may be substituted for one year of required work experience.
Experience: Seven years of professional experience in aquatic biology, water pollution biology or fisheries biology. Each additional year of approved work experience may be substituted for one year of required formal education at the graduate level only.
License/Certification: Possession of a supervisory license for pesticide applicator from the Pesticide Control Board.
RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of aquatic and pollution control biology. Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of biological survey and other sampling procedures. Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of effective supervision and personnel management. Considerable knowledge of the sources of research material available in water pollution biology. Considerable knowledge of ecology, invertebrate zoology and related disciplines necessary to practice water pollution biology. Some knowledge of micro-biology, organic and inorganic chemistry and other related disciplines involved in water pollution. Knowledge of mathematics and statistical methods used in biological data gathering, analysis and presentation. Knowledge of the use and application of laboratory and field equipment and apparatus related to water pollution control and elimination. Some knowledge of the principles of geology as it relates to water pollution. Ability to relate aspects of water, sewage and industrial wastes and treatments to aquatic biology problems. Ability to conduct field and laboratory research projects requiring advanced knowledge of water pollution biology. Ability to assemble and organize data to make analyses, present data with scientific accuracy and thoroughness, and to prepare technical papers in a form suitable for publication in scientific journals. Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely in oral, written and graphic form. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, government and industrial officials, professional organizations and groups, conservation and recreation groups and the general public. Knowledge of state, interstate and federal water pollution control laws. Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.
DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.
Last Updated 05/10/02