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Shellfish Hatchery Manager (Maine, USA): Mook Sea Farm’s hatchery is located on the Damariscotta River in Walpole, Maine, where Bill Mook began farming shellfish in 1985.  Our current Hatchery Manager is moving to a new role as Director of Production and we are seeking a new Hatchery Manager.  The Hatchery Manager will be responsible for the ongoing day to day management of the hatchery, including conditioning, spawning, larval maintenance, and setting of the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica), and management and leadership for all staff involved in those processes.   Primary Responsibilities:  The Hatchery Manager will be accountable for successful production of our oyster seed and phototrophic algae. They will provide employees with clear weekly plans related both to production of oyster seed and phototrophic algae production, including line flask and kwall prep and inoculations.  More specifically, the Hatchery Manager will manage all hatchery operations from spawning through to nursery production: Determine production needs and set production schedule for phototrophic algae production; Maintain detailed data related to inventory, feed formulas, and biological production; maintain SOPs & operations manual; Supervise all hatchery personnel and ensure all hatchery staff adhere to established protocols; Set and maintain high standards of cleanliness, biosecurity, and workplace safety; Work collaboratively with and take direction from the Director of R&D on all R&D related projects that involve larvae, seed, or microalgae production, related to optimizing production and/or solving production problems; Contribute to discussions regarding developing or refining protocols; effectively train new personnel; Organize and oversee the schedules and work of assigned staff, including setting weekend & holiday schedules; and Reports to the Director of Production.  Education and Experience:  We are looking for candidates with a minimum of a BS in a biological or marine science field, and with experience in oyster or other shellfish hatcheries.  Experience in a commercial-scale shellfish hatchery is preferred.  At a minimum, candidates should have demonstrated competence with a variety of culture systems and confidence in the operation and maintenance of hatchery equipment. Candidates should have experience managing teams of people in a labor-intensive environment where attention to detail is of the utmost importance, and should have a positive attitude and collaborative approach to problem solving.  Schedule and Pay: This is a full-time position with benefits, averaging 40 hours per week. However, this position requires a flexible work schedule that will include hours above 40 per week, as well as weekend and on-call rotations.  Pay will be commensurate with experience and reflective of the crucial role this person will play in the success of the farm.  Physical Requirements: Physical strength, balance, hand-eye coordination, and stamina necessary to complete jobs in various areas of the hatchery.  Ability to lift, push and/or pull at least 50 pounds; manual dexterity to operate a variety of equipment.  How to Apply:  For the full job description, or to apply please send a cover letter, your resume, and three references to: Moira Foley ([email protected]). Applications are accepted starting immediately; flexibility in start date. Mook Sea Farm is an Equal Opportunity Employer. (posted 7/28/2021)

Assistant Marine Scientist, multiple positions available (South Carolina, USA):  Important Note: While this posting reads as being somewhat finfish-centric, this research group works on a wide diversity of taxonomic groups, including shellfish species, such that interested applicants with relevant skills and experience are encouraged to apply, independent of their taxonomic specialization.Job Responsibilities: The successful candidate will join our population genetics team to contribute to the population genetic and molecular tool research projects on marine and freshwater fishes in areas of stock enhancement, fisheries management, conservation and tool development. Specific duties will include field and laboratory research, data collection and analysis and collection and data management, preparation of reports and presentations, authoring technical manuscripts, coordinating and supervising personnel, proposal preparation and budget management.  Some projects will include work on multi-disciplinary teams.   Minimum and Additional Requirements: A Ph.D in field related to job duties.  Writing skills, as evidenced by at least one (1) peer-reviewed publication.   Preferred Qualifications:   A Ph.D. degree in biology, marine science or genetics.  Demonstrates ability to conduct population genetics research including experimental design, data collection and analysis and report preparation. Publication record and experience with micro-satellites and automated sequencing systems, whole genome sequencing, and bioinformatics.  Successful grant funding record preferred.  Knowledge of marine and /or freshwater fishes of southeastern US and the capability to work independently.  Strong communication, quantitative, organizational, computer, writing and interpersonal skills.  Closes Aug 8, 2021.  For more information and to apply:  (posted 7/28/2021)

Wildlife Biologist II - Shellfish Research Station (South Carolina, USA): The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is searching to fill this open position. The employee will coordinate and implement a suite of long-term fisheries independent, monitoring programs focused on recreationally- and commercially-important crustacean species, primarily blue crabs and penaeid shrimp, as well as horseshoe crabs. The employee will assist with the development of field-based metrics relating to the assessment of shrimp health and shrimp reproductive condition. The employee will assist the Section with fulfilling its responsibilities to multiple concurrent research initiatives. The employee will be expected to have an existing familiarity with the research approaches used in the Crustacean Research and Monitoring Section and have a thorough understanding of metrics used to assess the health of shrimp and blue crab. The employee will also be expected to conduct fieldwork under challenging conditions, and have experience implementing, analyzing and disseminating results from scientific research projects. The employee will be expected to have significant experience in the development of new project ideas and their subsequent implementation.  The employee will also be expected to have the capacity and proficiency to disseminate research results in a variety of formats (e.g. talks, publications).  Minimum and Additional Requirements:  A Master's degree in biology, chemistry or related technical area field; or a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, wildlife management or related technical area and two (2) years of experience relevant to the job.  Preferred Qualifications:  A broad knowledge of the biology, ecology, and fisheries practices concerning recreationally- and commercially-important crustaceans. Strong communication and organizational skills. An ability to effectively trailer and operate small research vessels in support of field sampling, dissemination of research findings. Skilled in scientific writing and presentation of section-related research. For more information and how to apply: (posted 7/17/21)


Wildlife Biologist I - Shellfish Research Station (South Carolina, USA):   The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is searching to fill this open position.   The employee will be responsible for working on a diversity of research projects related to shellfish ecology, oyster restoration, living shorelines, and oyster reef mapping as part of the Marine Resources Research Institute's Shellfish Research Section.  Employee will be involved in field-based sampling and monitoring efforts as well as laboratory-based shellfish sample processing.  Employee will assist with projects focused on assessments of the current distribution and condition of natural intertidal oyster reefs, using a variety of approaches including both on-the-ground collection methods as well as remote sensing approaches and geospatial techniques.  Employee will be expected to work well as part of a team, be well organized across multiple concurrent research projects, and be able to enter and manage complex datasets derived from research and monitoring projects.  Minimum and Additional Requirements: A bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, wildlife management or related technical area. Preferred Qualifications:  Experience utilizing scientific methods and working in tidal creeks, estuaries and open water nearshore environments.  An ability to identify common estuarine and marine finfish and crustacean species.  Familiarity with the collection, manipulation and interpretation of spatial data using GIS tools and computer applications.  A high level of proficiency across a range of standard Microsoft applications as well as at least an introductory level of proficiency in ArcGIS are strongly preferred.  Ability to safely and effectively operate outboard vessels (<24 FT) in nearshore waters strongly preferred.  Ability to swim and lift heavy objects.  For complete job details and to apply: (posted 7/14/2021)

MSc Student Position, Oyster Reproductive Physiology (Alabama, USA):  Master of Science (MSc) position is available at Auburn University (start date: Aug 2021 or Jan 2022). The student will be hosted by the Aquatic Reproductive Physiology lab (P.I. Dr. Ian A.E. Butts; in the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences (SFAAS). In terms of research, our labs long-term objectives are to support the development of sustainable aquaculture, fisheries management, and conservation biology for fishes and bivalves. To accomplish this, we take an interdisciplinary approach to test hypotheses in reproductive biology and reproductive physiology of aquatic organisms, with the ultimate goal of understanding and controlling processes that impact gamete quality and early offspring performance. Responsibilities and tasks:Oyster aquaculture is expanding worldwide, where many farms rely on seed produced by artificial spawning. As sperm motility and velocity are key determinants for fertilization success, understanding the regulation of sperm motility and identifying optimal environmental conditions can increase fertility and seed production. Thus, the current project will unravel physiological mechanisms of sperm function for optimizing in vitro fertilization and early offspring production in Eastern oyster. These projects will involve experimental laboratory studies (~80%) and field work (~20%) in collaboration with Dr. Jim Stoeckel and Scott Rikard. The student will be stationed at the Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory at Dauphin Island, Alabama. Here, the student will be expected to conduct broad research followed by the writing of a detailed thesis. The student will also take classes for 1 semester (Jan-May 2022) at Auburn University (main campus).  QualificationsBachelor’s degree in biology or a similar degree; Knowledge of aquaculture and shellfish physiology; Proven ability to carry out goal-oriented work and fluent with data management systems (i.e. Excel, Word, statistical analysis); Lab competences in molecular biology and/or physiology would be considered an asset - please clarify your experiences in the “motivating letter”; Practical husbandry experiences with aquatic organisms will be an asset; Good co-operation ability; Ability to obtain US driver’s license and vehicle (as the student will need to frequently drive from Auburn to Dauphin Island).   This graduate appointment is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in the MSc program within the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences (SFAAS). For information about our program please see: This project will be carried out at the Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory at Dauphin Island, Alabama. The MSc ($17,000 + fringe benefits for 2 years) salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for graduate students. Typically, a tuition waiver is provided.   Please submit your application no later than 15 August 2021 at 11:59 PM CDT. Applications must be e-mailed to [email protected] as “one” pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. The file must include: Cover letter motivating the application (please include your background, interests, goals - 1 to 2 pages); Curriculum vitae with contact information (e-mail and phone numbers) for three referees; Unofficial transcripts and GRE scores (refer to:  For further information about the project, please contact Dr. Ian A.E. Butts at [email protected]. (posted 6/10/21)