Use this sample and step by step explanation for setting meaningful and inspiring employee performance goals for a marine biologist.

A Marine Biologist is liable for researching and studying things that live in oceans from small organisms like the plankton to the large ones like the whales.

The essential responsibilities of this post include collecting samples and data using processes like curing techniques, GIS systems, visual recording, and sampling, preparing detailed reports like the environmental impact assessments for agencies like commercial organizations, governmental bodies, working with computer databases and specialist software to analyze information, carrying out population assessments of individual species, evaluating ongoing damage to coral reefs in a narrowly defined area, designing science experiments, collating findings and designing and building the appropriate equipment, managing research budgets, preparing research journals and other specialist publications, prepared research papers for journals.

Employee Performance Goals Sample

Employee's Name: Title:
Review Period: __/__/__ to __/__/__ Employee SSN:
Work Location: Supervisor's Name:


  1. Setting Goals: List specific goals in the space provided below each competency under "Performance Goals". Assign an appropriate timeline for each goal as well as numeric or financial terms to measure the goal.
  2. Employee Comments: The employee must comment next to each goal under "Employee Comments" with "Okay" for goals which he/she feels comfortable working with, and "Needs Clarification" for goals which he/she believes need to be discussed further. An employee who is comfortable with all the goals can sign the goals at this stage.
  3. Summary: Give a summary of the total time estimated for the employee to have achieved the goals. State action plans and specific milestones to track the goals. Any additional comments agreed between the employee and the supervisor should be noted here.
  4. Human Resources Review: Human resources personnel must confirm that the goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. He/she must then sign the goals in the "Human Resource" section provided under "Signatures".
  5. Signatures: When discussion of the goals has been completed and consensus has been reached, sign the goals and let the employee sign too. Send the final copy to the human resources for inclusion in the employee's professional records.

Performance Goals for Next Period

Performance Goals

Employee Comments


Remove oneself emotionally from the situation and keep the impossible person at a distance for a moment

Always try to be a reasonable person by considering all sides of the story before coming to a conclusion

[employee comments goal]

Expose oneself to different social situations and work to develop own social perceptiveness and the ability to engage others in a conversation

Learn to accept mistakes and failures and devise clear solutions to problems instead of blaming others or pointing fingers

[employee comments goal]

Use honest facts, figures, and data to support conclusions made

Generate reports that are not full of manipulated or cooked figures

[employee comments goal]

Help others to perform tasks that are provided without feeling shortchanged

Avoid falling back into old habits that have already been sighted

[employee comments goal]

Manage time wisely to get much accomplished within a short time

Negotiate with each other before making major decisions that will affect others

[employee comments goal]

Listen carefully to oral directions, summarize what one has heard and link these directions to the information that one already have

Take time to understand the steps and their purpose and run through the process mentally before handling it physically

[employee comments goal]

Set goals that are realistic and exciting in order to feel motivated to achieve them

Take responsibility for own actions and refrain from making excuses or blaming others when one fails to meet own goals

[employee comments goal]

Recognize and reward team members for producing quality work in order to make them feel appreciated and encouraged to continue delivering quality results and increasing their productivity

Check the sources of both internal and external data for accuracy before using it in any task or project

[employee comments goal]

Take part in making changes in policies to eliminate unfair elements

Coach others on the role and importance of honesty, fairness, and integrity

[employee comments goal]

Put more effort in calling back promptly, replying to all messages, and sending a thank-you note to everyone

Demonstrate politeness and confidence at all times and become more approachable

[employee comments goal]


Sections 1-2: To be completed by the supervisor

Section 3: To be completed by the employee

1. Goals completed since last performance feedback

2. Goals for next period

3. Employee comments


I acknowledge that I discussed this performance feedback with my supervisor. My signature does not mean that I agree or disagree with this appraisal.
Employee: Date:
Supervisor: Date:
Human Resources: Date:

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