Aquatic Ecologist

Aquatic Ecology

—This position is based in Anchorage, Alaska.—

STATUS: Professional established position

JOB SUMMARY: ABR is seeking an Aquatic Ecologist to lead field teams sampling streams, lakes, and nearshore marine waters throughout Alaska. This work supports a variety of clients (oil and gas, mining, government agencies) and will work closely with the BLM AIM aquatics wadeable stream program. There also may be opportunities to participate in ABR’s other vegetation and wildlife research and monitoring projects. Travel in helicopters, small fixed-wing aircraft, and boats on swift rivers will be required at times. The start date for this position is anticipated to be early April 2023.


  • Lead field surveys of aquatic habitats in freshwater and marine environments

  • Manage logistics for field work in both road-accessible and remote locations.

  • Process biological samples in the laboratory, including analysis of fish otoliths, stomach contents, and identification of fish and invertebrates.

  • Manage data and assist with analysis, reporting, and presentations.


  • Experience conducting field surveys using a variety of aquatic sampling techniques and expertise in fish identification are required. Previous leadership experience in aquatic research is preferred.

  • Familiarity with aquatic macroinvertebrate collections and identification or water quality studies or experience with stream habitat geomorphology and/or surface hydrology surveys.

  • Able to conduct field work involving wading and physical labor in remote settings. Must be able to carry up to 22 kg (50 lbs) and work 10–12 hours per day during field deployments.

  • Experience in relational database management, preferably Postgres SQL, and statistical programs, especially R, preferred.

  • Bachelor’s degree with emphasis on fisheries, aquatic ecology, or hydrology is required, with a minimum of 3 years’ experience.

HOURS: Approximately 30 hours/week on average; field work will involve longer hours and as many as 14 days of consecutive work, mostly during the summer months. Total field time may be 8 weeks or more each summer.

COMPENSATION: $25–30/hour, depending on experience; overtime eligible. Eligible for benefits after 3 months of employment.

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled. First review December 2022.

CONTACT: E-mail resume, 3 professional references with phone numbers (prefer previous supervisors), and cover letter to If you have any questions about the position, please e-mail John Seigle.

ABR, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.