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Shellfish Hatchery Technician - Natural Resources-Town of Nantucket (Massachusetts, USA):  Performs technical shellfish hatchery operations and routine hatchery equipment service and maintenance, constructs and monitors shellfish culture systems for the Town of Nantucket's municipal shellfish hatchery; reports to Natural Resources Coordinator.   Works under the general direction of the Shellfish Biologist or his/her designee.  Performs varied functions which range in nature from routine to complex and which require considerable judgment and initiative in determining courses of action clearly defined by statute or established guidelines. On occasion supervises students, interns and volunteers.  Work is performed under standard hatchery/laboratory conditions; some work is performed in the field, with exposure to various weather conditions or hazards associated with site work and being on a boat. Incumbent works standing in a wet lab environment and near moving mechanical and electrical parts. Hours of work are variable and occasionally the work day is greater than eight hours; seasonal work on weekends and holidays during hatchery production.   The position required time in the field as well as in the office.  The employee operates computer and standard office equipment; operates light trucks, small boats, automobile, water pumps, heaters, chillers, filtration units, microscope and all the tools and equipment required to maintain a productive hatchery.   Regularly interacts with various governmental agencies, and environmental entities to enhance all facets of shellfish enhancement and habitat restoration; makes frequent contact with the general public and other town departments such as Conservation Commission, Health Department, Harbor Shellfish Advisory Board (SHAB) and the Town Administration; contacts involve discussing complex and scientific issues. The essential functions listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. 1)Monitors and services all components to four recirculating seawater systems, maintains incoming water lines and pumps as well as drainage points,  and trouble shoots daily issues.  Maintains hatchery supply inventory, back-up equipment, heating and cooling systems and general building repairs as needed.  Performs routine cleaning on all equipment. 2) Required to assist in hatchery production and related tasks involving the grow-out or stock enhancement of native shellfish. 3) May be required to perform periodic field sampling for laboratory and research uses. 4) Responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for the newly renovated facility. Responsible for maintaining a clean, safe environment. 5) Assists with the development and assembly of our proposed outdoor shellfish grow-out systems. 6) Plans and coordinates routine maintenance schedules, seasonal start-up and shut down procedures with the Shellfish Biologist. 7) Monitors biosecurity of the facility and works with the Shellfish Biologist to propose and purchase appropriate monitoring equipment to prevent breaks in the production schedule. 8) Works to develop “terms” of use for available research space for visiting scientists assisting with NRD’s initiatives. 9) Helps coordinate and facilitate tours of the facility. 10) Performs similar or related work as required, directed or as situation dictates, or assigned.   RECOMMENDED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree in biology, marine science  or aquaculture  with a preference to programs with an emphasis in shellfish or aquaculture; minimum of five years of experience related to the field of commercial or research shellfish culture, hatchery management, hatchery system development; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.   Special Requirements: A valid Massachusetts Class D motor vehicle operator's license, or ability to obtain one necessary. Must be a certified SCUBA diver or willing to become SCUBA Certified.   Knowledge: Candidate will have experience working in a shellfish hatchery environment and thoroughly understand the biology and husbandry practices/schedules behind a shellfish production-oriented facility. Candidate should have knowledge of live algae-culture system components, seawater re-circulation systems and flow-through systems.  Should have knowledge of related equipment maintenance and repair for these systems.  Candidate should have general understanding of water quality within seawater systems and natural environment.   Ability: Must have ability to communicate clearly in written, oral and graphic form and to organize activities effectively. Must possess the ability to asses, trouble-shoot, and determine possible action. Ability to operate small power and hand tools necessary. Must be able to work well independently as well as part of a team.   Skills:Must be proficient in biological and mechanical monitoring techniques. Must be detail oriented with excellent organizational skills. Must have skills in operating small boats.  Skills of basic plumbing, carpentry and electrical wiring are desired.   PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Physical effort is required to perform most duties and responsibilities, including manual dexterity and manipulation. Lifting and carrying objects weighing more than 50 pounds is frequent. Frequently required to spend several hours per in a wet floor/wet environment standing, walking, and reaching with arms. Incumbent must be in excellent physical condition and meet all the physical requirements of a certified diver. Physical agility to swim necessary. Excellent eyesight (sharp close, distance, color, peripheral, and depth vision) and hearing well within normal ranges is necessary.  Please email your questions, employment application, and resume to triley@nantucket-ma.govSubmission deadline is June 1, 2017.  (posted 5/5/17)

Post-doc shellfish geneticist position - Oregon State University (Oregon, USA) - The position will be based at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, Oregon.  The selected person will focus on  the application of quantitative and molecular genetic approaches to selection of resistant Pacific oyster stocks to ocean acidification and the oyster herpes virus. The person will work as part of a team of OSU and USDA-ARS scientists.  Details can be found at: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/41109.  Apply by 7th June 2017 for full consideration. (posted 4/13/17).

SPRING TECHNICIAN POSITION AT RUTGERS SHELLFISH LABORATORY, New Jersey (USA) – This position will begin ~late February/early March 2017 and continue through approximately mid-December 2017 and is located at Cape Shore Laboratory sited on the shore of Delaware Bay, approximately ten miles from Cape May, NJ.  During the spring and fall, the responsibilities of this position will be varied and will include duties in the hatchery, field, and laboratory as needed.  During the summer research period, along with the laboratory Field Manager, is responsible for the care and maintenance of over 300 bushels of experimental oysters confined to bags on our tidal flats.  These oysters are progeny groups generated by our long-standing and continuing program in oyster genetics and breeding.  Much of the work week is spent on the tidal flats in front of the laboratory.  Duties include tray and bag maintenance, collection of biological data on progeny groups, and maintenance of our 75,000 gallon land-based nursery and holding systems.  Rate of pay will be $11.00/hr ($440/wk)-$12.50 ($500).  Dormitory accommodations are available for a fee set by the University.  Additional information can be viewed at our website; hsrl.rutgers.edu.   Anyone interested is encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  Send a resume and cover letter (including which positions you would prefer, if any) to: Gregory A. DeBrosse, Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, Rutgers NJ Agricultural Experiment Station, 6959 Miller Avenue, Port Norris, NJ  08349, email: debrosse@hsrl.rutgers.edu (posted 3/31/17)

 

CULTURE TECHNICIAN POSITION AT RUTGERS SHELLFISH LABORATORY, New Jersey (USA) – These positions will be located at the New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center located in North Cape May, NJ begin February, March, April, and May. Duties associated with these positions include microalgal culture, assisting in spawning of bivalve molluscs, rearing of larvae and post-set juveniles, maintenance of hatchery larval and downweller tanks and nursery upweller raceway tanks and equipment. Rate of pay will be $11.00/hr ($440/wk)-$12.50 ($500).  Dormitory accommodations are available for a fee set by the University.  Additional information can be viewed at our website; hsrl.rutgers.edu.   Anyone interested is encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  Send a resume and cover letter (including which positions you would prefer, if any) to: Gregory A. DeBrosse, Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, Rutgers NJ Agricultural Experiment Station, 6959 Miller Avenue, Port Norris, NJ  08349, email: debrosse@hsrl.rutgers.edu (posted 3/31/17)

 

FIELD TECHNICIAN POSITION AT RUTGERS SHELLFISH LABORATORY, New Jersey (USA) - Assist the laboratory Field Manager in the care and maintenance of shellfish brood stock located in our quarantine, nursery, and field grow out systems.  Position responsibilities require working outside in all weather conditions, ATV operation, and some lifting.  This position will be located at Cape Shore Laboratory sited on the shore of Delaware Bay, approximately ten miles from Cape May, NJ. Rate of pay will be $11.00/hr ($440/wk)-$12.50 ($500).  Dormitory accommodations are available for a fee set by the University.  Additional information can be viewed at our website; hsrl.rutgers.edu.   Anyone interested is encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  Send a resume and cover letter (including which positions you would prefer, if any) to: Gregory A. DeBrosse, Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, Rutgers NJ Agricultural Experiment Station, 6959 Miller Avenue, Port Norris, NJ  08349, email: debrosse@hsrl.rutgers.edu (posted 3/31/17)

HATCHERY TECHNICIAN POSITION AT RUTGERS SHELLFISH LABORATORY, New Jersey (USA) - Duties associated with these positions include assisting in spawning of bivalve molluscs, rearing of larvae and post-set juveniles, daily record keeping, maintenance of hatchery and nursery grow-out system tanks and equipment, and micro-algal culture. Attention to detail is critical in these positions.  This position will be located at Cape Shore Laboratory sited on the shore of Delaware Bay, approximately ten miles from Cape May, NJ. Rate of pay will be $11.00/hr ($440/wk)-$12.50 ($500).  Dormitory accommodations are available for a fee set by the University.  Additional information can be viewed at our website; hsrl.rutgers.edu.   Anyone interested is encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  Send a resume and cover letter (including which positions you would prefer, if any) to: Gregory A. DeBrosse, Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, Rutgers NJ Agricultural Experiment Station, 6959 Miller Avenue, Port Norris, NJ  08349, email: debrosse@hsrl.rutgers.edu (posted 3/31/17)

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 handy-person 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)