Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Bach Research Associate - Aquatic Biologist in SEQUIM, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308832

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Coastal Science

Group: Coastal Research

Job Description

The Coastal Sciences Division at PNNL is seeking a highly motivated individual with an independent work ethic to provide support for ecosystem and restoration related research. Work will include a combination of field and lab research focused on evaluating the beneficial use of dredge material as salmonid habitat in the Columbia River. Field research will focus on sampling benthic prey communities and lab work will focus on processing field collected samples. The position requires a combination of working in team-based settings as well as the ability to successfully work independently. Field work requires travel, lifting and carrying gear through uneven and difficult terrain, working in inclement weather, and comfort working from a boat or in water.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a Bachelor’s degree within the past 24 months or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university. Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the methods and techniques for collecting field data related to natural resource management

  • Field experience and sampling techniques relevant to juvenile salmon research

  • Familiarity with aquatic species of the lower Columbia River and estuary

  • Experience processing aquatic benthic samples for macroinvertebrate analysis

  • Willingness and ability to work at a microscope for extended time periods sorting macroinvertebrate samples

  • Very strong organizational skills and attention to detail to prepare gear necessary for field excursions

  • Willingness and ability to complete tasks in a punctual and dependable manner

  • Ability to work remotely outdoors for extensive hours in adverse conditions

This position will be located at the PNNL Sequim Office and will report to the Coastal Research Technical Group.

  • BS/BA in a fisheries, aquatic science, ecology, or a related field.

  • 3.5 GPA or higher is preferred

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Coastal Sciences

Opening Date: 2019-01-23

Closing Date: 2019-02-21