Title:  Resource Science Aide


Requisition Id: 2850 

Hourly Pay Rate: $15.56

Hourly Pay Grade: H4 

Expected Work Schedule:

Job Location:  Central Reg Office & Research Ctr (COLUM2) 

Closing Date:

Our Culture: The Missouri Department of Conservation supports a culture of trusted professionals that are dedicated to our mission, responsible stewards, and believe in One MDC. 

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please email the hiring supervisor, ​Christopher J Rice , at Christopher.Rice@mdc.mo.gov or call 636 4414554x4141 , Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm.


This position will assist MDC’s Rare Fishes Program with ongoing research and monitoring of Missouri’s imperiled stream fishes. Job duties will primarily be related to the collection, management, and reporting of biological data and maintaining the equipment needed for conducting research and monitoring activities.

Essential Job Duties

  • Assist with research and monitoring of stream fish populations and imperiled fish species and their habitats by collecting data, processing samples, and assuring quality of collected data.
  • Maintain the accuracy of, and availability to, information in various databases. 
  • Provide limited scientific technical support to researchers, students, managers, administrators, educators, and protection staff.
  • Perform general maintenance on sampling equipment and purchase new equipment when necessary.
  • Correspond with stakeholders via email, telephone, and in-person discussion.
  • Occasional field trips and overnight travel are required.

Ancillary Job Duties

Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Two years of undergraduate education in one of the sciences (e.g., Wildlife, Fisheries, Forestry, or Biological Sciences).
  • For longer-duration aquatic sampling positions, ability to pass an approved boating safety course, and obtain a Missouri Boating Safety Certification Card within 6 months of employment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to swim and safely operate personal watercraft (canoes, kayaks) on streams.
  • Ability to adapt to a variety of job situations involving long hours, hazardous conditions and difficult circumstances.
  • Ability to establish an effective working relationship with Department employees, Extension Agents, educational professionals, and community leaders.
  • Ability to operate various types of hand tools and perform minor mechanical repairs on vehicles and equipment.

Work Environment

  • Regularly work in outdoor environments where hot, cold, wet and/or humid conditions exist.
  • Occasionally exposed to loud noises which may require the use of hearing protection.

Physical Abilities

  • Remain stationary up to 70% of the time.
  • Move about grounds, both inside and outside of buildings.
  • Regularly operate tools and other machinery and relocate machinery to other areas.
  • Frequently communicate and exchange accurate information.
  • Clarity of vision, three-dimensional vision, precise hand-eye coordination, and the ability to identify and distinguish colors.
  • Regularly lift up to 30 pounds, correctly lift up to 75 pounds.
  • Concentrated attention is required at all times.
  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.


Disclaimer: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; an employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required. The Missouri Department of Conservation reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment. Management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, functions, and requirements.

Exemption Status/Special Notes

This position has been determined to be Nonexempt according to the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Employees must agree to accept compensatory time in lieu of cash payments in accordance with the Department's Compensatory Time Off and Overtime Policy. 

Salaried and hourly employees are expected to use a mobile device-cellular phone for Department business, as needed. 

MDC promotes a Tobacco-Free (smoke and smokeless) working environment.

The Department of Conservation will only hire United States citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States.  All new employees will be required to complete an "Employment Eligibility Verification" (Form I-9) and produce requested documentation after employment.

Candidates seeking initial employment or re-employment must submit to a drug screen following offer of employment.

All persons employed with the state of Missouri shall file all state income tax forms and pay all state income taxes owed.

Nearest Major Market: Columbia Missouri