About Paige Maskill
Meet Paige Maskill!
Paige is a fish biologist with the Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership (AADAP) program located in Bozeman, Montana. Service for almost two years.
How would you describe your conservation work to someone you just met?
I work with a team of individuals who are collecting data which will be used to advance the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval process of unapproved drugs for aquatic animals. These drugs are then used to aid in aquaculture, research, and field studies to treat different aquatic diseases or parasites, aid in spawning, or act as an anesthetic for sampling. Our work, along with the help of our partners, helps to produce more legal options for treating fish in a safe and efficacious way.
What does conservation mean to you?
Conservation work is any effort put forth to maintain and protect ecosystems and preserve natural resources for the benefit of future generations.
What led to your career choice?
I had a unique childhood in that I lived at four different National Fish Hatcheries while growing up. My parents were outdoor enthusiasts and we spent the majority of our free time outside, which had a profound impact on me. I loved learning to hunt and fish and looking for aquatic insects in the creek that went by our home. Having that experience, I never considered a career outside of natural resources. While in college, I volunteered on many different graduate students’ fish and wildlife research projects, both in the field and in the lab. Those opportunities really helped to solidify my interests and the experience helped me get my first fisheries technician position. After that, I never looked back.
Your favorite aquatic species?
White sturgeon and westslope cutthroat trout have a special place in my heart.
What is your educational background?
B.S. in Organismal Biology
M.S. Fish and Wildlife Management
To find available fish biologist jobs, go to USAJobs.gov. Search “0482” Filter by “U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service” or “Department of the Interior.” Position requires a degree with a major in biological sciences or a combination of education and experience. Details about education and experience requirements. Specific requirements are detailed in individual job listings.