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Graduate Student Position for 2017-18 Academic Year (Washington, USA)- We are seeking a highly motivated graduate student (masters or doctoral level) to join our NOAA-funded research team studying the Washington oyster aquaculture industry.  The research team comprises scientists from Johns Hopkins University, Pacific Shellfish Institute, and Virginia Tech. Our main research questions relate to food safety and temperature control of oysters from harvest to retail, and understanding the shape, size, and performance of oyster supply chains.  The graduate student will assist with study participant recruitment, data collection (both quantitative and quantitative data), drafting case reports, and perform general administrative tasks related to the project. Applicants must live in Washington, have access to a car, and be able to travel to WA oyster farms periodically on weekdays. (Travel costs will be reimbursed by the study.) Pay will be hourly with a max of 20 hours per week for the 2017-2018 academic year. Wages will be commensurate with level of education and experience. The job does not provide student tuition. The start date for the job is Monday October 2, 2017.
Applicants should possess a general knowledge/interest in supply chains and/or food safety, laboratory and/or qualitative methods experience, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work independently. Students in Fisheries Science, Environmental Health, Marine Science and other related disciplines are encouraged to apply. The student will be supervised by Dave Love, PhD, MSPH Associate Scientist, Center for a Livable Future, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and co-supervised by Bobbi Hudson, Executive Director, Pacific Shellfish Institute. As part of the interview process, the top candidate will be flown to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland for in-person meetings and to complete  employment paperwork.  Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to Dr.
Love (dlove8@jhu.edu) by August 28, 2017. Please direct any questions to Dr. Love. (posted 8/11/17)

Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Milford, CT  USA) - This position is located in the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS), Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), in Milford, CT. This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band. The ZT-03 is equivalent to the GS-9/10. The full performance for this position is ZT-03.  This position is also announced under vacancy number (NMFS-NEFSC-2017-0033, which is open to status candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.  *A one year probationary/trial period may be required. *Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized. *This position is not in the bargaining unit. *This position requires the operation of a Federal motor vehicle. NOTE: This vacancy may be used to fill other Biological Science Laboratory Technician ZT-0404-03 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band requires the same qualifications as indicated in this vacancy announcement). Duties - the individual selected for this position will: prepare and sterilize standard and special experimental algal growth media; assist in preparation of special equipment and/or glassware for field sampling and experimental studies, including microalgal mass cultures; interact with and advising shellfish hatchery workers concerning micro-algal cultures and feeding of young stages of bivalve mollusks and provide micro-algal cultures; prepare chemically-clean glassware and reagent solutions with analytical accuracy; aseptic subculture each algal strain in the collection according to schedule to keep strains viable and bacteria-free; evaluate validity and viability of algal strains and presence of microbial contaminants using test media and microscopic observations. To apply and other position details: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/476249800; https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/476250400.  Closing Date: 8/18/17 (posted 8/7/17)

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife / Shellfish Assistant Project Leader (Oregon, USA): Salary Range: $3,597 - $5,242 Monthly. Closing Date: 8/15/2017  11:59 PM Pacific.  Duties & Responsibilities: Serve as the Assistant Project Leader for management of the shellfish fisheries. Monitor multiple shellfish fisheries including crab, clams, and other groups. Provide technical support for study design, reporting of harvest activities, statistical analyses, biological assessments, and shellfish management. Participate in field research to collect data on shellfish species and harvest activities, and communicate with shellfish harvesters to explain rules and regulations, natural history and life history information, and harvest techniques. Major duties and responsibilities are to: Coordinate procedures and assist project leader in planning, monitoring, and evaluating recreational and commercial shellfish harvest activities: assist project leader to identify sampling and monitoring activities to assess locations and levels of shellfish harvests; train, lead and oversee field crews to conduct monitoring of shellfish harvests, including developing sampling schedules and assignment of work tasks; contact shellfish harvesters at boat ramps, mud flats, ocean beaches, docks, and via on-water boat patrols; participate directly as field sampler to collect data on shellfish harvests, locations, effort counts, species composition, length, weight, age, and other parameters; monitor in-season catch, analyze trends and forecast future shellfish harvest rates; communicate department policy to, and receive input from, shellfish harvesters and the public by email, phone, social media inquiries, meetings, and personal contacts; provide technical assistance with the assessment, permitting and licensing, management operations, regulatory compliance and evaluation of commercial shellfish harvest activities; participate directly in management operations associated with commercial harvest of multiple shellfish, including crab, bay clams, razor clams, shrimp, urchins, and other shellfish; assist with collection of samples, interpretation of data, and management decision-making in regard to marine biotoxins.   Analysis and evaluation of shellfish data and preparation of technical reports to assist with management of shellfish resources: tabulate, summarize, and graph numerical data collected during monitoring of shellfish harvests and research investigations; conduct statistical analyses (e.g., R-programming, summary statistics, ANOVA, multivariate analysis, clustering, time-series analysis, forecasting) and GIS work to interpret harvest data and support management decisions; write technical reports based on historic and current shellfish harvest, and analysis of monitoring and research data, including agency decision memos, reports, and published manuscripts; present results of analyses orally to staff, academic classes, school groups, professional colleagues, and other stakeholders; gather, evaluate, and interpret technical information and assist with development of Shellfish Fishery Management Plans; compile historical records, rules, regulations, technical reports, academic investigations, and related documents related to populations, communities, distribution, abundance, reproduction, recruitment, mortality, and harvest of shellfish; participate as a member of a team to develop shellfish fishery management plans for multiple species and groups of shellfish; write sections of the fishery management plans and other technical reports; coordinate and participate in meetings to gather input from recreational and commercial harvesters, technical advisors, and other stakeholders on fishery management plans.  Assist with planning, designing, and conducting shellfish research: Assist shellfish project leaders to plan, design, and conduct scientific research to address gaps in technical knowledge about shellfish populations, impacts of disturbance, assessment techniques, harvest activities, etc; apply principles of study design to assist project leaders and ensure that data acquisition efforts are appropriate, scientifically valid, and statistically robust. To apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oregon/jobs/1799968/natural-resource-specialist-2-shellfish-assistant-project-leader  (posted 8/2/17)

2 Biologist Positions - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries - Michael C. Voisin Oyster Hatchery (Louisiana, USA):The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is seeking to fill two Biologist positions to work at the Michael C. Voisin Oyster Hatchery on Grand Isle, LA.  This biologist position collects, maintains, compiles and analyzes biological and environmental data for the Office of Fisheries Michael C. Voisin Oyster Hatchery.  The incumbent maintains hatchery facilities and equipment, maintains water quality in tank system and assists in oyster larvae production.  This position can be found at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/louisiana .  For additional information please contact the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Human Resources, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898, or Kelly Cormier at kcormier@wlf.la.gov. (posted 7/27/17)

Research Assistant position -  University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida, USA): This is an OPS Research Assistant position (Gainesville, Florida, University of Florida) funded by a grant for one year with possible extension depending on availability of funding, and starts immediately. Duties include the full responsibility of experiments for one oyster triploid-tetraploid project, travels to local farms for collaborating research activities, other research activities about shellfish aquaculture and genetics in the laboratory, data organization for preparation of project reports, and team work together with graduate and undergraduate students in the laboratory. Knowledge of shellfish hatchery operations, principles and practices of shellfish biology and aquaculture. Master’s degree or Bachelor's degree with two years of experience in aquaculture or fisheries.  Currently, our laboratory focuses on Molluscan Shellfish Aquaculture and Restoration, and has the capability for research on shellfish biology, aquaculture, genetics and germplasm preservation. The candidate will have chance to develop research topics related to oysters or clams besides the grant project, and build her/his academic career.   The University of Florida is an equal employment opportunity employer. All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening, which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.   This position starts immediately with payment at $15-18/hr. To apply, please submit your CV/resume to Huiping Yang, huipingyang@ufl.edu  (posted 7/10/17)

Facilities Manager - Coastal Shellfish (British Columbia, Canada) -  Coastal Shellfish Corporation (CSC), a First Nations owned Company, is a fast-paced, young and innovative business, producing Japanese scallops on a commercial scale on the beautiful scenic North Coast of British Columbia.  Located in Prince Rupert, CSC is undertaking a major expansion to become BC’s largest, fully integrated shellfish company with an already established hatchery and farm grow-out operation, actively marketing its products in BC.  CSC is seeking a person with experience in seawater systems for animal husbandry. This includes understanding of aquarium water chillers, heat exchangers, UV and pasteurizing systems, fractioners, plumbing application, pumps, motors and filtration equipment.  The applicant must have the ability to troubleshoot complex water treatment and filtration seawater systems.  The successful applicant will be a key player in the planned revamping of the filtration and temperature controlled seawater system and in the proposed expansion of the Greenhouse facility.  DURATION : 3-4 MONTHS.  PERIOD REQUIRED:  JULY TO OCTOBER 2017.  TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT:  FIXED TERM CONTRACT (With possibility of extension).  REMUNERATION: Competitive remuneration, commensurate with skills and experience.  DUTIES AND REQUIREMENTS:  Provide input and implement changes in filtration and temperature controlled seawater system; Provide input and implement changes in expansion of live algal production facility; Daily monitoring of pumps/header/chiller/boiler and filtration systems; Assess and repair equipment, maintenance and purchasing of parts; and Ensure all equipment in hatchery/nursery and greenhouse are fully functional at all times.  Please forward your resume to Dr Samia Sarkis at email address: samia.sarkis@coastalshellfish.com  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. (posted 7/16/17)