153-Biologists, botanists, zoologists and related professionals

Job Title: 

Biologists, botanists, zoologists and related

Job Description: 

Biologists, botanists, zoologists and related professionals study the structures, characteristics, functions, ecology and environments of animals.


Biologists, botanists, zoologists and related professionals study living organizms and their interactions with each other and with the environment, and apply this knowledge to solve human health and environmental problems. They work in diverse fields such as botany, zoology, ecology, marine biology, genetics, immunology, pharmacology, toxicology, physiology, bacteriology and virology. They also undertake research or study basic principles of plant and animal life, such as origin, relationship, development, anatomy, and functions


Job activities and tasks include:

  • undertaking research in laboratories and in the field to increase scientific knowledge of living organizms; to discover new information; to test hypotheses; to solve problems in areas such as the environment, agriculture and health; and to develop new products, processes and techniques for pharmaceutical, agricultural and environmental use
  • designing and conducting experiments and tests
  • gathering human, animal, insect and plant specimens and data, and studying their origin, development, chemical and physical form, structure, composition, and life and reproductive processes
  • examining living organizms using a variety of specialized equipment, instruments, technologies and techniques such as electron microscopes, telemetry, global positioning systems, biotechnology, satellite imaging, genetic engineering, digital imaging analysis, polymerase chain reaction and computer modelling
  • identifying, classifying, recording and monitoring living organizms and maintaining databases
  • writing scientific papers and reports detailing research and any new findings which are then made available to the scientific community in scientific journals or at conferences for scrutiny and further debate
  • designing and carrying out environmental impact assessments to identify changes caused by natural or human factors
  • 632 providing advice to governments, organizations and businesses in areas such as conservation, management of natural resources, the effects of climate change and pollution

Comprehensive and detailed knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in field of work, discipline and/or professional practice

  • Highly specialized knowledge of analyzing, planning, managing and establishing ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Detailed knowledge of research principles and methods
  • Detailed knowledge of high level governance of systems, processes and procedures including legislative, regulatory, standards, codes and conventions
  • Detailed knowledge of recent developments in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Advanced knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in management, economics, finance, statistics and fiscal disciplines related to the field of work and/or professional practice
  • Advanced knowledge of political, government, legislative and regulatory systems related to the field of work
  • Advanced knowledge of laws, regulations, standards codes and conventions of the UAE and specific Emirates related to the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice and more general subjects including OHSE and cultural understanding and awareness
  • Advanced knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in sensitively managing highly complex ethical issues
  • Leverage information technology, executive information systems, management techniques and tools for optimal field of work performance and/or professional practice
  • Advanced skills in research, analysis, consultation and synthesis of information to evaluate ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions and generate high-level recommendations and/or alternative scenarios
  • Manage high level relationships and coordinate related activities of respective stakeholders
  • Substantial skills and experience in high level policy analysis, formulation and research, plus strategic planning in sensitive and confidential environment;
  • Conceptualize and convey strategic indications from the spectrum of development experience;
  • Advanced negotiation cultural sensitivity and diplomatic skills;
  • Use of information, tools, resources to support high-level and highly complex work achievement
  • Manage sensitively and effectively in a multi-cultural environment
  • Work with others to develop innovative solutions to highly complex, unpredictable and unfamiliar problems
  • Communicate with authority and influence, and a proven record of developing and maintaining effective partnerships across an organization and with diverse external clients and other key stakeholders
  • Highly developed specialist oral and written communication, interpersonal and representational skills, and a proven ability to use these skills to prepare and present clear, concise, high quality advice
  • Highly developed leadership and effective management skills, with capacity to develop, initiate, implement and sustain improvements within a team environment, as well as the ability to work flexibly and cooperatively as a member of a team
  • Personal drive and integrity, the ability to self-manage and the capacity to identify and effectively manage risks associated with change, as well consistently and sensitively manage highly complex ethical issues
  • Achieving results within tight timelines, and capacity to develop and establish new policy directions
  • Highly developed advanced organizational skills, including the ability to manage priorities and meet tight deadlines
  • Work Context: 

    May work by themselves, but they usually work in a team. The team may include peer or research specialists as well as clerical and computing staff involved in data collection and analysis.


    Bachelor degree in biological sciences or relevant discipline, higher qualification or equivalent.

    Required Work Experience: 

    5 - 7 years and above

    Probable Employers: 

    Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Environment Agency

    Occupational Size: 
    Less than 5,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Higher than the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    Animal behaviourist - Bacteriologist - Biologist - Biotechnologist - Botanist - Cell geneticist - Marine biologist - Microbiologist - MoLecular biologist - MoLecular geneticist - Pharmacologist - Zoologist
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Animal attendant - Life scientist - Marine biologist - Museum curator - Pathologist - Ecologist - Environmental analyst - Research scientist - Environmental specialist - Fisheries biologist - Aquatic scientist - Assistant scientist - Marine biologist - Research biologist

    UAE Industry Groups: 
    Agriculture, fishery and livestock
    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi