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

A Research Biologist is responsible for researching plants and animals related to a particular natural habitat. This position conducts its research on land, air, water, plants, animals and bird behavior in the natural ecosystems.

The primary duties of this post include collecting specimens and tracking the movements of aquatic and land animals, studying the environmental degradation due to the industrial development and global warming, working as the advocates for the environment, observing plant interactions with the environment, studying the behavior of wild animals, conducting research, recording data and analyzing data in their respective fields, draw conclusions based on their analyses, making recommendations or government agencies based on their findings, conducting census of endangered animal species, observing behavior patterns and interactions, trap and tranquilize wild animals like bears and moose to record their sex.

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


Stay calm and be aware of the fact that one will never win an argument with a difficult person

State own views with confidence and look at the difficult person in the eye when communicating with them in order to look reasonable

[employee comments goal]

Mention an activity which the person did that deserves recognition before mentioning areas that he/she needs to improve on

Write down observations and try not to muddle them with interpretations and emotions

[employee comments goal]

Conduct an exercise to list and agree on what the company does as well as what it does not do

Include as many people as possible and as many perspectives as can possibly be accommodated in the physical space

[employee comments goal]

Remain composed even when faced with ambiguity or any form of emergency

Show willingness to learn new skills that increase efficiency by frequently attending self-improvement seminars and training

[employee comments goal]

Develop oneself as a resource for others by networking to find excellent contacts for future needs

Show willingness to help colleagues who want to improve their professional and personal skills

[employee comments goal]

Learn to use active listening skills and body language to show understanding of what the other person is saying

Learn to treat people as being important and take them as they come and mostly be sensitive when handling their flaws and strengths

[employee comments goal]

Make sure to have all the information needed to accomplish a certain task before starting it

Review tasks after completing and read the instructions again to make sure the tasks are done according to the instructions provided

[employee comments goal]

Set a timeline for each goal in order to identify and stick to specific actions that one needs to take to work towards that goal

Find a group of like-minded people in order to get new ideas on how to go about meeting own goals

[employee comments goal]

Take part in making changes in policies to eliminate unfair elements

Consider fairness and equality when implementing new activities and programs

[employee comments goal]

Put more effort into increasing the capacity to work anytime from anywhere and on any device

Embrace computers to execute repetitive, multiple, and complex tasks efficiently

[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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