Biological Technician

Biological technicians assist conservationists and environmental scientists in studying living organisms and their life cycles, mostly within a laboratory setting. They conduct field sampling of the air, water, soil, crops, fruits, vegetables and ornamentals. They then evaluate samples to find methods to improve yield, quality, and adaptation to mechanization, climate and pests.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Control exotic invasive plants through the use of chemical, mechanical, manual and biological methods
  • Take inventory and quantify sources of locally generated pollution
  • Prepare reports of lab results for internal and external use
  • Classify products and compare test results with standard tables
  • Order supplies needed for daily laboratory processes and activities
  • Use standard pesticide application and biological control field and safety equipment as required
  • Examine samples and identify bacterial or non-desirable excess material
  • Prepare graphs, charts and reports from test results
  • Operate laboratory equipment independently
  • Perform quality control analysis including tests and inspections of products and processes
  • Use specialized computer software to collect, analyze and model experimental data
  • Assist conservationists and conservation officers in special or emergency situations as needed (prescribed fire, search and rescue)
  • Liaise with the public by answering questions and conducting facility tours

Recommended High School Courses:

  •  agricultural education
  • biology
  • botany
  • plant science
  • earth science
  • chemistry
  • physics
  • mathematics

Education/Training Required:

An associate degree in natural resources, soil science, biology or a related field, such as horticulture, plant physiology or environmental science, is required. Those with a bachelor’s degree in similar fields would increase their chances for employment and advancement once on the job.

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