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PhD student position (Texas, USA): A Ph.D. position is available in the Pollack Lab at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (, to evaluate the role of restored and natural oyster reefs in controlling carbon cycling within coastal ecosystems. This project is a collaboration between Dr. Xinping Hu ( and Dr. Keisha Bahr ( The position is available for a spring or summer 2022 start. The student will join a hard-working team that is focused on providing science-based information to support resource management and conservation efforts and improve sustainability of coastal ecosystems. This work will be based in Texas estuaries and will include field collection, laboratory manipulations and sample processing, and statistical analysis to address specific questions as part of a Ph.D. in Marine Biology ( or Coastal and Marine System Science ( at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The project will also involve an outreach component involving the local community.  Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is a Hispanic Serving Institution. We particularly encourage applications from women and students from underrepresented groups. Students with an M.S. degree are preferred, but exceptional students with B.S. degrees will also be considered. Ideal applicants will have a strong background in marine ecology, chemistry, or related fields, as well as excellent communication skills, motivation for conducting intensive field and laboratory research, and interest in conducting educational outreach with students and the public. The position includes stipend, tuition, and benefits.  Interested applicants are encouraged to email Jennifer Pollack by October 15, 2021, with a copy of their CV, transcripts (unofficial OK), a brief statement (<500 words) describing their interests and fit for this opportunity, and contact information for 3 references. Contact information: Jennifer Pollack ([email protected]) (posted 9/19/21)

Conch Farm and Nursery Operator (St. Vincent and the Grenadines): this position would help establish a sustainable aquaculture operation in SVG dedicated to the study, hatching, and rearing of Queen Conch (Aliger gigas). Kalinago Fresh has been involved in purchasing, processing, and exporting seafood products, primarily conch and lobster, from SVG and the surrounding island nations for close to a decade now. The partnership group is comprised of marine biologists, business people, archaeologists, exporters, and members of the traditional fisher people across the archipelago. Although the conch is most often viewed as both a source of food and income, it is critical to remember that this species holds an immense cultural value for people all across the Caribbean as it has been an integral part of their society dating back to the times of the indigenous Caribs and Kalinago groups.The purpose of our project is two-fold: to first create a commercially viable conch farm, and secondly to aid in the repopulation of native habitats across SVG to support both the ecological and
cultural value of the conch. To accomplish these goals, we are looking for an individual to immediately join our team and help build this project from the ground up.  The ideal candidate will be able to take the lead on this project and focus on the following tasks: Site selection and design for both the hatchery and nursery operation on mainland St. Vincent and the grow out farm somewhere in the Grenadines; Supervise construction and operation of aforementioned installations including ordering materials and working with the group on shipments of materials; Interface regularly with government officials for compliance and regulatory issues; Interaction with local fishing groups and NGOs on joint venture projects across SVG; Train local employees to work in established facilities.  We are seeking an individual with experience in international aquaculture farming, preferably with crustaceans, shellfish or similar species. An advanced degree (M.S.) with a minimum of 10 -years’ experience is preferred, but applicants with a B.S. in marine biology or aquaculture and experience in a hatchery setting may also suffice. The position will require a great deal of field work both on land and in the sea, therefore our ideal candidate should be prepared for the physical nature of this job. SCUBA certification and experience in the field, which can often be in harsh environments, is required. Intimate familiarity in setting up and operating hatchery facilities is required. The applicant should have working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PPT) and GIS software as well. A working proficiency in English is a must.Our optimal candidate would be interested to work with this project on a long-term basis, which could be up to 5 years. The position would be based in SVG and require regular travel throughout the country and region for training purposes. Compensation would be a monthly salary along with stipend for living expenses and could include equity in the project.  For any interested candidates please send us an email with a one page introduction letter describing your interest in the job and unique qualifications that would make you a good fit. Additionally we would like to see a CV with at least 2 recent work references. Please send all correspondence to: [email protected] (posted 9/15/21)

R&D Manager for Commercial Shellfish Hatchery (Virginia, USA): Oyster Seed Holdings, Inc. is an independent supplier of high-quality shellfish seed located in Mathews County, Virginia. OSH has a track record of innovation and has developed a portfolio of research projects, some internal and some collaborative with academic institutions. This suite of research has now reached a critical size to enable OSH to take on a manager of projects.  This is not your typical hatchery technician job.  We envision a Masters level team member who has training in key areas of marine science. Equivalent research experience obtained as an undergraduate will also be considered. Shellfish hatchery experience specifically would be preferable, however, the portfolio of projects varies from water chemistry to hatchery technology to improved mechanical systems. The important asset for the R&D Manager will be curiosity, initiative, and dedication. Direction and guidance for the R&D Manager will be provided by the owner and the PhD associated R&D Coordinator.  In addition to managing the execution of the science, we expect the incumbent to participate in the commercial operations of the hatchery and be part of the team. This includes in-house problem solving as issues arise.  This position is funded primarily through the grants process, and as such, is subject to grant funding. However, grant funding for the near future (several years) is assured and OSH new emphasis on ‘tech-forward’ R&D, consulting, and ability to obtain funds internally provides some assurance of job security. We would expect the R&D Manager to participate in the process of building R&D capacity for OSH.  Entering salary range: $42,000, or as experience merits.  Start date: ASAP. Send inquiries to [email protected].  Apply by sending PDFs of the following to the same address: Cover letter expressing interest in the position; Resume/CV; Names of 2-3 references (posted 8/12/21).

Clam Hatchery Technician (Virginia, USA): Cherrystone Aqua Farms, a large cultured shellfish producer located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, is seeking highly motivated individuals with strong work ethic and willingness to learn in a fast paced, dynamic environment to fill positions in our commercial hatchery located in Willis Wharf, VA. Hatchery Technicians report directly to the hatchery’s manager and work both independently and as part of a team in all aspects of larval husbandry. Duties may include, but are not limited to: daily maintenance and care of larval, indoor and outdoor nursery systems, daily culling, feeding, cleaning and microscopic inspection of shellfish at various stages, collecting water on appropriate tidal cycle cleaning of tanks and all associated equipment, operation of pumps for the transfer of water and food to larval and nursery systems, and assisting in other areas of the hatchery as needed. Requirements include attention to detail, ability to carry out repetitive tasks, excellent time management skills, and a willingness to work in both indoor and outdoor environments during all seasons depending on the needs of the facility. This position has a seasonal requirement to work weekends, evenings, and/or holidays as requested, and promptness is critical. BS in Biology or related field preferred, but not required. Experience will be considered in lieu of education. Compensation commensurate with experience.  For more information please visit: To apply, please email your resume and brief description of why you are interested in the position to hatc[email protected] (posted 8/11/21)

Oyster Hatchery Research Associate (Louisiana, USA): The research associates will be required to support hatchery operations in all facets, including: collecting, maintaining, and cleaning broodstock oysters, supporting activities in larvae rearing (cleaning larval rearing tanks, sorting larvae and performing larval counts, maintaining algal cultures, cleaning and inoculating tanks, operating various laboratory equipment), collecting samples and processing data, accurately determining counts of oyster seed, assisting in oyster farm & cage maintenance, maintaining various gear types, removing fouling organisms, and other basic laboratory skills. Other duties as assigned. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in Marine Biology, Fisheries and / or Aquaculture Management or related field with 1 year of related experience. For more information and to apply visit: Open until filled. (posted 8/6/21)

Oyster Hatchery Operations Manager (Louisiana, USA): The manager will manage, through coordination, with the Oyster Research Lab Director, hatchery activities, including: collecting, maintaining, and cleaning broodstock oysters, supporting activities in larvae rearing (cleaning larval rearing tanks, sorting larvae and performing larval counts, maintaining algal cultures, cleaning and inoculating tanks, operating various laboratory equipment), collecting samples and processing data, accurately determining counts of oyster seed, assisting in oyster farm & cage maintenance, maintaining various gear types, removing fouling organisms, and other basic laboratory skills (45%). Monitor and manage personnel, facility equipment, system repairs, and routine maintenance issues in the daily operations of the Oyster Research Laboratory. This includes establishing daily tasks for research associates, technicians, and graduate students to secure the proper operation of the oyster hatchery and oyster farm (40%). Help support the outreach activities of the Oyster Research Laboratory in support of LDWF activities and needs of oyster industry. Keep a current knowledge of hatchery trends and developments for the continued improvement of the Oyster Research Lab and hatchery facility within the state and among other oyster hatcheries in the Gulf of Mexico. (10%). Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in Marine Biology, Fisheries and / or Aquaculture Management or related field and four (4) years of experience. For more information and to apply visit: Open until filled. (posted 8/6/21)

Alternative Oyster Culture Grants Program Outreach Coordinator (Louisiana, USA):  This position is an essential part of the Louisiana Sea Grant Alternative Oyster Culture (AOC) Program Initiative and will be the principal extension-type liaison with the AOC oystermen to help facilitate their efforts to develop a successful business on a statewide level. The requirements and duties include: oyster industry education and experience and coordination of trainings, meetings and workshops, assisting with development of best practices for the industry, acting as a liaison with the Louisiana Sea Grant Hatchery, and a working knowledge of appropriate habitats, methods, regulations, licensing and marketing for AOC oysters. Job Responsibilities: Coordinate Sea Grant assistance to AOC business with knowledge on such tasks as setting eyed oyster larvae; help in coordinating the best types of cages and grow-out methods; help them learn how to keep proper inventory of supplies; help them balance priorities between the different farms production needs; impart information on how keep brood-stock healthy and ready for spawning; keep current with standard operating procedures in the nationwide industry (40%). Supervise the progress of AOC grant awardees in establishing their business - responsible for grant documentation requirements as needed to complete grant deliverables and reimbursement (25%). Coordinate planning meetings with the field Marine Extension Personnel (MEP); develop and lead training workshops and informational meeting for MEP, AOC oystermen, and traditional oystermen potentially interested in AOC farming (20%). Liaison with LSG Hatchery; Help with Remote Setting Methodology Training with Traditional Oyster Harvesters – the individual we hire will be available to assist the LSG Hatchery personnel with this important work (10%). Attend and co-present status reports at Oyster Task Force meetings and AOC state conferences and meetings. Other duties as assigned (5%). Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in Aquaculture, Marine Biology or Sciences, Fisheries Sciences, Natural Resources or related scientific field and 1-2 years’ experience with day-to-day field operations of oyster cage culture operations. For more information and to apply visit: Open until filled. (posted 8/6/21)

Regional Aquaculture Liaison (Connecticut, USA): The Connecticut Sea Grant, the Department of Extension, College of Agriculture Health and Natural Resources, University of Connecticut, and the NOAA Milford Lab invite applications for a Regional Aquaculture Liaison Assistant Extension Educator. The position is a grant-funded, four-year initiative to enable, augment, and accelerate the exchange of ideas and information between NOAA NEFSC Milford Lab researchers and end users, including the latest research results and tools and how they address existing and emerging needs. The full advertisement, job description, and link for applications can be found at (posted 8/2/2021)

Research Associate – Fisheries Molecular Biology/Genomics (Massachusetts, USA): Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) is an exciting new independent marine research institute that is applying innovative genomic technologies to marine science for discoveries that impact fisheries and human health. GMGI has a full-time position for a Research Associate who will play an important role in contributing to our fisheries research programs.  The ideal candidate will have strong experience in molecular biology/ecology applied to fisheries questions and knowledge of common molecular laboratory techniques and data analysis. The candidate must be capable of working independently to design experiments, generate high quality data, and analyze results for a variety of projects directed by GMGI research staff. Experience with collection and processing of fisheries samples and analysis of environmental DNA (eDNA) for assessing biodiversity and species presence/absence is highly desirable. This position is an extraordinary opportunity for an ambitious and entrepreneurial person who is interested in helping to create a world-class research institute.  For more details, job requirements, and how to apply: (posted 8/2/2021)

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)

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)