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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)

General Manager, Texas Sustainable Oysters (Texas, USA): Texas Sustainable Oysters is a new off-bottom oyster farm in Bolivar Texas. We are one of the first oyster farms in Texas as part of the Texas Parks and Wildlife new Cultivated Oyster Mariculture program. The farm is 9.74 acres and will be built out in stages starting in August 2021. The position is located in Bolivar Texas near Galveston. The General Manager will oversee day to day operations on the farm, such as monitoring the grow out system, keeping farm gear clean and maintained, and managing/training employees. The General Manager must have experience working on an off-bottom oyster farm and will report directly to the owner. To apply, please email [email protected] (posted 5/20/21)