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Part-time, year-round position at the East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery - New York (USA):  We are looking to fill a part-time, year-round position.  The hours are 40/week from approximately mid-May through October and 20 hr/week the rest of the year.  The candidate will assist in all aspects of the hatchery, nursery and field production of hard clams, eastern oysters, and bay scallops.  Must be able to lift 50 pounds.  Skill in small boat and/or trailer handling, mariner qualities (knots especially), other handyperson abilities are a plus.  Attention to detail, self-deprecating sense of humor, ability to work with a small crew in all weather a must.  Pay commensurate with education and/or skills.  For more information about our program, visit http://ehamptonny.gov/149/Aquaculture.  If interested, please send a résumé and a list of 3 references to jdunne@ehamptonny.gov. (posted 3/21/17)

M.S. Research Assistantship:  Modeling Dispersal of Lobster Larvae - University of Massachusetts (USA):  An M.Sc. track research assistantship in the UMass Intercampus Marine Science Graduate Program is available at the School for Marine Sciences & Technology at UMass Dartmouth with a primary focus on coupled biophysical  simulations. The research project, funded for two years, seeks to examine impacts of climate change on larval connectivity and recruitment of the American lobster in southern New England using individual-based models driven by hindcasts of the regional ocean.   Applicants should have an accredited undergraduate degree in biology, marine science, engineering, or related discipline. Candidates having documented prior experience  with modeling are strongly preferred.   Additionally, professional competence and good command of oral and written english are essential.   The appointment is contingent upon the acceptance of the applicant into the UMass Intercampus Marine Science Graduate Program. To find out more and to be considered for this position please send a letter describing your interests and qualifications for the position, your CV/resume, and contact information for 3 academic/professional references to Prof. Geoffrey Cowles (gcowles@umassd.edu).  Please include your GPA and GRE scores (if available) and anticipated start date. Further information about policies and entrance requirements pertaining to program admission can be found at http://www.umassmarine.net/ (posted 3/13/17).

Hourly Fisheries Technician (ArcGIS) – New Jersey Marine Fisheries Administration, Bureau of Shellfisheries (USA)Part-time hourly position performing GIS and other data management tasks for the Bureau of Shellfisheries.  Location: Nacote Creek Research Station. Major projects include development of aquaculture, fisheries, and marine benthic habitat resource mapping.   Work will be performed using geodatabases with feature class creation, editing, and attribute table development and maintenance.   Work will include transferring data in paper-based format to electronic files and general database management.  Employee will be expected to work independently and use critical and analytical thinking to produce deliverables.  This is an office based position but other duties may include field and laboratory work.  Requirements: Completion of a degree or minor in GIS.  Experience with natural/marine resource management or natural resource mapping strongly desired.   Skills in: Geodatabase creation and maintenance, Feature and attribute creation and editing, Georeferencing, geocoding, Cartography/Symbology/Layout,ArcGIS Online, Strong general computer skills, Strong Quality, Assurance/Quality Control background, Excellent attention to detail, and Experience with MS Excel.   Non-NJ residents are subject to the New Jersey First Act.  See http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/lwdhome/njfirst/NJFirstMenu.html for details.  Job Duration:  Part-time (2-3 days/wk year-round), not to exceed 944 hours per State fiscal year.  Consideration will be given to allow employee to work all allotted hours on a full-time basis for approximately 4 months. Compensation: $15 - $20/hour, depending upon experience.  To Apply: Please submit a letter of interest and resume with 3 references to:  Kira Dacanay, Nacote Creek Research Station, PO Box 418, Port Republic, NJ 08241, or email:  kira.dacanay@dep.nj.gov.  Closing date: upon filing the position (posted 3/7/17).

Hourly Fisheries Technician (Policy) – New Jersey Marine Fisheries Administration, Bureau of Shellfisheries (USA):  Part-time hourly position. Location: Nacote Creek Research Station.  Primary duties include but are not limited to the following: researching and proofing information for regulatory actions, shellfish leasing policies and shellfish aquaculture documents, permit coordination, updating articles and information posted on website and creating outreach materials. This is an office-based position, but other responsibilities may include: assisting with ongoing field projects, laboratory processing of samples and data entry.  Requirements: A background and interest in fisheries policy and management, shellfish aquaculture, shellfish biology or marine science is preferred. Applicant must be able to work year-round in accordance with job duration requirement (below). Candidate should be self-motivated and have the ability to work both independently and with a team. Candidate should be proficient in MS Office programs. Effective public speaking and presentation skills for program delivery and communications to the public are preferred. Experience with Adobe Photoshop and ArcGIS is desired.  Non-NJ residents are subject to the New Jersey First Act. See http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/lwdhome/njfirst/NJFirstMenu.html for details.  Job Duration: Position will have hours limited to 2-3 days per week year-round not to exceed 944 hours per State fiscal year. Compensation: $10.00 per hour.   To Apply: Please submit application (letter of interest, resume, and three reference contacts) via mail or email toJenny Tomko, Nacote Creek Research Station, PO Box 418, Port Republic, NJ 08241, or e-mail: Jenny.Tomko@dep.nj.govClosing date: upon filing the position (posted 3/7/17).

Hourly Fisheries Technician (Field) – 2 positions available - New Jersey Marine Fisheries Administration, Bureau of Shellfisheries (USA):   Location: Delaware Bay Office.  Duties include but are not limited to the following: assisting with vessel field work in Delaware Bay associated with oyster reef enhancement program, oyster resource monitoring, finfish otter trawling and identification of finfish and macroinvertebrates, field monitoring of industry enhancement programs, hydrographic surveying of shellfish leases, laboratory work and data entry, small boat operation, maintenance of vessels, trailers, and equipment, assisting with deployment and retrieval of hydraulically powered sampling equipment, collecting and recording water quality data, maintenance of buildings and grounds, recording, entering, and proofing data. Office or clerical assistance could be required when necessary (answering phones, typing, etc).  This is a field-based position.   Requirements: A background and interest in fisheries management, marine science, aquaculture, wildlife biology, or ecology is preferred. Completion of the NJ boating safety course and small-boat operation experience is strongly preferred. Experience working on engines (marine or otherwise) and power tools is a plus. Applicant must be available to work year-round. Applicants should be in good physical condition (able to lift 40lbs) and willing and able to work outdoors and on vessels in all types of weather and buggy conditions.   Candidate should be proficient in MS Office programs. Candidate must possess a driver’s license valid in New Jersey. Experience with ArcGIS is a plus.   Non-NJ residents are subject to the New Jersey First Act.  See http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/lwdhome/njfirst/NJFirstMenu.html for details.   Job Durations: Both positions year-round. Hours for one position will be concentrated from April through October (field season) with reduced work hours November through March. Must be available for field days during May.   Second position will have hours limited to 2-3 days per weekCompensation: $10.00 per hour.   To Apply: Please mail, fax, or e-mail resume to: Andrew Hassall, Delaware Bay Office, 1672 E. Buckshutem Road, Millville, NJ 08332, or email andrew.J.Hassall@dep.nj.gov.  Closing date: until position is filled (posted 3/7/17)

Bivalve Shellfish Manager - Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (USA): The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill a permanent Fisheries Biologist 4 position in the Fish Program, Fish Management- Puget Sound Shellfish Unit.  The duty station for this position is located 375 Hudson St, Port Townsend, WA. In colaboration with the lead Puget Sound Shellfish Manager, this position provides shellfish management and policy coordination for shellfish fisheries, shellfish disease and pest control, and staff supervision for a team of fishery management biologist and technicians.  This position works with the lead shellfish manager to coordinate, supervise, and direct, an interdisciplinary team of biologists and technicians, to successfully manage, regulate, monitor and enhance shellfish resources in Puget Sound. Applications will be reviewed and interviews held as qualified applicants are identified, and the position may be filled and the recruitment closed.  Initial application review will be March 3, 2017. Therefore, you are encouraged to submit your application materials as soon as possible. Represents the Department in collaborative resource management forums with Washington Treaty Tribes, and other state natural resource agencies including Department of Natural Resources, State Parks, and Department of Health. The end result is to collaborate with the lead manager to develop and implement state-tribal harvest agreements, strategic agency policies, agency regulations for the purpose of providing sustainable recreational and commercial opportunities that maximize the economic benefit to local communities and the shellfish industry. This position is key to the agency for meeting these objectives.  This position is critical to the agency due to the co-managing requirements for shellfish resources in Puget Sound with the affected treaty tribes, uniqueness of shellfish within the agency, and the management of staff at satellite offices.  This position also closely collaborates and coordinates activities, decisions, and actions with the lead shellfish manager and regional enforcement officers to regulate state recreational and commercial fisheries and manage the resource in a sustainable manner. For more information and how to apply:  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/1665540/permanent-fish-biologist-4-01464-17    (posted 2/28/17)

Senior Shellfish Manager - Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (USA): The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one full time, permanent, Puget Sound Shellfish Manager (WMS3) position. The position is located in the Fish Program and the duty station is located at Port Townsend Office.  The Puget Sound Shellfish Manager provides resource management leadership and is responsible for planning, development, administration, and implementation of the Puget Sound shellfish program and the statewide program for shellfish disease and pest control.  Specifically this position leads, supervises, directs, and exercise administrative, policy, and technical control over an interdisciplinary team of biologists and technicians, to successfully manage, regulate, monitor and enhance shellfish resources in Washington State.These responsibilities address the Department goals to 1) Achieve healthy, diverse and sustainable fish and wildlife populations and their habitats, and 2) Ensure sustainable fish and wildlife opportunities for social and economic benefit.  This position reports to the Fish Management Division Manager. The incumbent is directly responsible for the management, regulation, research, and enhancement of shellfish resources in Puget Sound.  Supervision of a work unit of 25 employees at 4 Department offices, and administration of annual operational and capital budgets. Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be held as qualified applicants are identified, the position may be filled and the recruitment closed. Therefore you are encouraged to submit your application materials as soon as possible.  The first review will be February 21, 2017.  For more information and to how to apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/1655005-0/puget-sound-shellfish-manager-wms03-01141-17  (posted 2/28/17)

Broodstock Development Hatchery Technician - Taylor Shellfish Farms, Washington (USA):  Taylor Shellfish Farms is one of the largest producers of farmed shellfish in North America. The company is quickly growing in sustainable shellfish farming with new techniques and innovative growing methods.  The employee will work closely with the Broodstock Development Manager as well as the other hatchery staff to breed and test future broodstock lines from selected stocks. Culture methods include small volume static and continuous larval and seed cultures. Everyday tasks require extensive attention to detail and sterile techniques to prevent contamination between families. This is a very physically active position including repetitive lifting of 2 gallon buckets, standing and working on concrete floors and working long hours on occasion. More specific duties include the following:  MAJOR AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY - Participate in spawns with the breeding team; Daily larval and seed care including feeding and cleaning; Sampling for disease and genetic analysis; Assess families to determine estimated breeding values and ploidy; and Assist Broodstock Manager with tidal work and broodstock cleaning.  BENEFITS - Health Insurance, Dental and Vision Plans are available after 60 days of continuous employment. The employee is eligible for insurance at the current allowable coverage; The employee is eligible for 401K after 60 days of continuous employment and must be over 21 years old;  Hands on training in a commercial shellfish hatchery; Internship credit is available on a case by case basis.  REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES - College Degree (required); A science background is preferred; Experience using sterile techniques; Well-organized and detail-oriented, Must be able to carry out repetitive tasks;  Have good communication and time management skills; Ability to work independently and in teams; Proficiency with: (Microsoft Office - Word and Excel); Regular, reliable, predictable attendance; Must be able to work occasional weekends.  PHYSICAL DEMANDS - The employee is required to stoop, bend, kneel, twist, and squat 10 percent of the time; The employee needs to be able to lift up to 50 lbs.; The vision requirements include: close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus; Must be able to speak and hear well enough to communicate with co-workers, supervisors and managers; Must be able to use hands for repetitive simple grasping, pushing, pulling and fine manipulation; Individual must provide own housing and transportation.  Starting Wage: $14 to $16/hour depending on research experience.  Send your resume, cover letter, and references to: mollyj@taylorshellfish.com, or mail to: Molly Jackson, Taylor Shellfish Hatchery, 701 Broad Spit Rd. Quilcene, WA.  Email Questions to: mollyj@taylorshellfish.com, or phone the hatchery, 360-765-3566. (posted 2/22/17)

County Agent III (Assistant Professor) – Tenure track faculty position, Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension of Ocean County, Toms River, NJ (USA). NATURE AND PURPOSE: Provide leadership to develop, implement and evaluate educational programming and applied and evaluative research appropriate to the needs of the clientele in aquaculture and commercial fisheries on production, marketing, post-harvest processing, management, and stock assessments; and environmental stewardship and coastal resource management. Assess needs, share research-based information to achieve knowledge gain and skills development, and document changes in clientele practice or conditions. Design and implement applied or evaluative research with measurable impacts on clientele and profession. Collaborate with industry groups; federal, municipal and county governments; and non-governmental organizations in the region. Coordinate implementation of programmatic efforts with fellow RCE faculty and staff to develop outreach/education methods and materials. Expected to garner external resources through grants and contracts, and alternative funding streams for support of the program. Participate in appropriate Departmental, Cooperative Extension, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), School of Environmental and Biological Science, Rutgers University and county administrative functions. Expected to establish an outstanding program, the merits of which will lead to regional and/or national recognition.  ACADEMIC RANK: County Agent III (equivalent to Assistant Professor), Tenure track, 12 months, 100% Extension appt. in Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.  SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience.  BENEFITS: Excellent personal benefits package, including 22 days of annual leave per year, health insurance, life insurance, retirement program, and professional improvement opportunities.  EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees required from accredited institutions in aquaculture, marine science, fisheries, or related field. Three years minimum of post-degree professional experience required for appointment to the rank of County Agent III (equivalent to Assistant Professor). Research experience in experimental design, data collection, evaluation and analysis is preferred. Effective public speaking and presentation skills for program delivery and communications to clientele are required. Supervisory or managerial experience as it relates to staff and volunteer management is preferred. Have the ability to work cooperatively and communicate with staff and clientele. Computer proficiency is required. A valid driver’s license or ability to acquire said license is a necessity for the performance of this position. Willingness and dedication to commit to the long hours associated with the position are expected.  EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, military status or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. Individuals covered by Section 503 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 of Section 402 of the Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 may self-identify; please do so in the cover letter transmitting your curriculum vitae/resume. Employment eligibility verification required.  To learn more about Rutgers University, Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension and our employment opportunities, visit our websites at: http://www.njaes.rutgers.edu/jobs/. Public Safety Information regarding public safety at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is available in the annual security report “Safety Matters.” This report may be viewed online at http://publicsafety.rutgers.edu  Deadline for application is March 20, 2017. Submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, and names and addresses of three professional references to http://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/38093  (posted 2/13/17)

2-year postdoctoral position, University of Nantes (France):  We are seeking a postdoctoral research fellow with experience in shellfish ecophysiology and numerical ecology to join theEuropean H2020 funded project TAPAS (Tools for Assessment and Planning of Aquaculture Sustainability). The TAPAS project (http://tapas-h2020.eu/), led by the University of Stirling, will create cost-efficient management tools and practices for the European aquaculture sector to investigate the limits to fish and shellfish farming activities in location, social interactions, potential environmental impacts and any future risks. With concerns around sustainability of food security continuing to rise, a team of European aquaculture experts have begun a four-year study worth almost €7 million to establish new strategies and models for sustainable growth in the industry. The TAPAS project will specifically address coastal and offshore aquaculture segments, operating from regional ecosystem scale to pan-European scale. Existing approaches to combine Earth Observation (EO) and shellfish and ecosystem modelling will be developed and implemented in the TAPAS toolbox for the environmental sustainability of aquaculture.   The main objective of the postdoc will be to couple bivalve ecophysiological models with EO data to analyse the potential of off-shore shellfish farming over a wide range of spatial scales, from a single mudflat ecosystem case study to the whole European western coastal ocean.  Existing Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) models for oyster (Pouvreau et al., 2006) and mussel (Flye Sainte Marie et al., 2009) will be updated and coupled to EO data such as surface temperature (SST), chlorophyll-a(Chl) and suspended particulate matter (SPM) concentration to simulate bivalve’s growth and reproduction (Thomas et al., 2011, 2016). A large dataset of satellite SST, Chl and SPM data will be provided, including CCI products[1] from the merged SeaWiFS/MODIS/MERIS/VIIRS ocean color time series (1998–2015) at 1 km spatial resolution, the whole MERIS archive (2002 – 2012) at 300 m spatial resolution, as well as on-going Sentinel3-OLCI (300 m) and Sentinel2-MSI (10 m) data series. Modelled spatial maps of shellfish growth potential will then be used to investigate the sustainability of offshore shellfish farming at both near field and far field levels.   At near field level (defined as farm level to water-body scale), the postdoctoral fellow will work on a case study site located in southern Brittany along the French Atlantic coast (namely Bourgneuf Bay and MorBraz) for which in situ oyster growth data are available to validate the model outputs in both intertidal and offshore environments. In collaboration with the University of Stirling, the outcomes of the near field case study will be incorporated into a GIS site selection model (Ross et al. 2010) and implemented in a generic marine spatial planning framework. These outcomes may also be connected to carrying capacity approaches (Filgueira et al. 2015), such as the physical carrying capacity which takes into account hydrodynamical constraints for farm siting (McKindsey et al. 2006). Collaboration with the Danish Hydraulic Institute (DHI), a TAPAS partner, is envisaged.   EO-DEB results will then be up-scaled at far field level, corresponding here to pan-European scale from Portugal to UK and Norway. In addition to EO satellite data, simulation outputs from the European Regional Seas Ecosystem Model (ERSEM, Ciavatta et al., 2016)will be provided by partners from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), and the postdoctoral researcher will couple EO/ERSEM environmental data with the oyster- and mussel-DEB models to study shellfish physiological responses and growth potential at pan-European scale. Regional climatologies will be derived from long-term EO and model data (1998 – present), from which multi-indicator time-series trajectories will be analysed in the framework of aquaculture environmental sustainability. Knowledge from the past will be used to envision the future, and large-scale physical-biological model projections (0.1° scale) will be coupled with shellfish DEB models to identify which segments may support new or enhanced aquaculture activities, or will be beyond their optimal window by 2050 and 2100.   The candidate should have a solid background and a good publications record in numerical ecology, shellfish ecophysiology and coastal oceanography. Large datasets from EO and ERSEM will be coupled with DEB oyster and mussel models, and the candidate should show a keen interest and demonstrate efficiency in the processing, analysis and interpretation of large-scale environmental and biological time-series data. Previous experience in the processing of satellite data would be appreciated. Experience in DEB modelling of marine species is required.  Working experience in inter-disciplinary teams is strongly desirable.   The successful applicant will work at the University of Nantes (France) under the direction of Pierre Gernez (http://www.univ-nantes.fr/gernez-p) and Laurent Barillé(http://www.univ-nantes.fr/barille-l) in collaborations with other participants of the TAPAS project including scientists from the University of Stirling, DHI, and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML).Informal enquiries may be made to Pierre Gernez (pierre.gernez@univ-nantes.fr) and Laurent Barillé (laurent.barille@univ-nantes.fr). The deadline for the receipt of applications is the 31 March 2017. The position will start at the beginning of 2017.The basic salary (2250 Euros net per month) could be negotiated depending on the professional experience. The salary will include full health insurance and social benefits. (posted 2/1/17)