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Fish and Wildlife Biologist 4 (Puget Sound Crustacean Biologist), Fish Program, Marine Resources, Shellfish, Mill Creek or Port Townsend, WA (USA): The Puget Sound Crustacean Biologist provides department leadership for managing crab and shrimp fishery programs using best available science.  Specifically, this position supervises and directs a team of biologists and technicians to successfully assess, regulate, and monitor sustainable commercial and recreational crustacean fishery opportunities that maximize economic benefit to local communities. This position supervises and participates in field studies that serve to inform conservation and protection of fish and wildlife resources and habitats, assess changes in crab and shrimp stock status, and predict future harvest opportunities.  The biologist in this position works with their supervisor to make resource management recommendations to program policy representatives and is a central technical advisor to the co-management process leading to development of State/Tribal annual harvest management plans. DUTIES:  Provide support to co-management processes leading to state/tribal harvest management plan agreements.  Tasks include: Work with supervisor to develop state/tribal harvest management plans for Puget Sound crab and shrimp fisheries;  Develop and maintain a database of fishery data including test fishing, creel surveys, and harvest estimates; Analyze and summarize data to support formation of sustainable quotas and inform future management actions; and Represent the department in state/tribal technical forums to address issues of common concern and recommend improvements to fisheries management.  Manage the Puget Sound recreational and commercial shrimp fisheries in-season.  Tasks include: Plan, coordinate and participate in shrimp fishery management activities to ensure that state fishery harvest objectives are met; Schedule and supervise the monitoring of recreational shrimp fishery catch and effort through aerial, on-water, and land-based surveys; Summarize harvest data and produce harvest estimates to ensure that harvest quotas are not exceeded; Develop and submit emergency regulations needed to meet in-season harvest management allocation objectives; Ensure that department permits are issued prior to harvest and that ESA compliance monitoring occurs in the trawl fishery; Collaborate with supervisor to develop changes to permanent WACs that govern the Puget Sound shrimp fishery as needed; and Coordinate with Enforcement staff as needed to ensure orderly fisheries.   Manage the Puget Sound recreational and commercial crab fisheries in-season. Tasks include: Plan, coordinate and participate in crab fishery management activities to ensure that state fishery harvest objectives are met; Develop and submit emergency regulations for in-season harvest management actions; Collaborate with supervisor to develop changes to permanent WACs that govern the Puget Sound crab fishery as needed; Coordinate with staff from Fish Program and Licensing Division responsible for producing in-season recreational crab harvest estimates; Represent program regarding recreational crab harvest assessment issues including updates and changes to the crab catch record cards and recreational crab internet reporting site; and Coordinate with Enforcement staff as needed to conduct collaborative gear sweep and to ensure orderly fisheries.   Plan, supervise and participate in biological studies that inform crab and shrimp management.  Tasks include: Identify, prioritize and implement field work that supports resource management and monitoring needs; Identify emerging research needs and coordinate with supervisor to design studies that are scientifically rigorous, answer urgent management questions and are supported by existing budgets and grants; Summarize and analyze data to evaluate harvest quotas and present results to tribal co-managers, scientific peers via manuscripts and conferences, and commercial and recreational fishery advisory boards.   Communicate with commercial and recreational crab and shrimp stakeholders.  Tasks include: Coordinate the posting and updating of information on hotlines and the agency website to properly inform recreational and commercial crab and shrimp harvesters; Provide responses to correspondence requests from the public, either directly or by delegating the task to other staff; Meet with commercial shrimp advisors pre-season and as-needed to apprise stakeholders of current management strategies and fishery performance; Meet with crab association board and communicate with president to coordinate harvest effort and to monitor fishery performance; Develop agendas and meet with recreational crab and shrimp advisory board at least twice a year, and additionally as needed, to inform and receive feedback about fisheries and management strategies.  Produce summaries of meetings and maintain agency advisory committee web site.   Supervises crustacean work unit.  Tasks include: Supervises a work unit of 6 employees at 2 department offices; Provides leadership and direction to achieve effective resource management goals; Evaluates employee job performance, establishes work priorities and designates work assignments in consultation with the Puget Sound Shellfish Manager and WDFW policy staff; Monitors work for timely and consistent progress and reviews final work products to ensure that high quality professional standards are met; Closely supervises in-season activities to ensure that state shares of quotas are not exceeded; and ensure a safe work environment and that all individuals are welcomed and treated fairly and respectfully, and employees feel empowered to contribute fully to serving their work unit, the agency and Washington's citizens.   Other duties as assigned.  Tasks include: There are numerous day-to-day tasks that have not been completely described above and also unforeseen or emergent issues which may need temporary attention.  It is expected that these duties will be discussed and prioritized with the position supervisor and assigned as needed to meet project goals.   Working conditions: M-F; 8AM-5PM, weekend days as needed to fulfill sampling needs.  Office work at computer work station; field work on 32 ft. vessel in various weather and sea water conditions found in Puget Sound.  Must have ability to effectively communicate with a range of stakeholders in sometimes contentious environments.   About 20 overnights per year, throughout Puget Sound, Strait and San Juan Islands.  Must be proficient in operation of the work vessel and hydraulic gear puller.   Union:  This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish and Wildlife Professionals (WAFWP).       QUALIFICATIONS:  A Bachelor's degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, or environmental science AND 5 years of professional experience in fish, wildlife, or habitat management or research, wildlife management or wildlife research, or habitat management or habitat research. Twelve semesters or eighteen-quarter hours of specific course work is required for certain positions.    Four years as a Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3. Note: A Master's degree in the applicable science will substitute for one year of the required experience.  Note: A Ph.D. in the applicable science will substitute for two years of the required experience.   Preferred experience: Experience in commercial and recreational fisheries management, Proficient in ArcGIS, biological survey design, biostatistical methods, and Access database development, Successful history of supervisory management, Successful history of co-management negotiating, Must be proficient in operation of the work vessel and hydraulic gear puller.    To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application: A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications and competencies of this position (generic cover letter will not be accepted).  A current resume (please make it succinct).  Three professional references (personal references do not count as professional).  Job description also available here: here: https://wdfw.wa.gov/employment/ #12098-18 (posted 3/22/19)

Aquatic Research Technician I – Shellfish Production Focus, Canada: The Huntsman Marine Science Centre (www.huntsmanmarine.ca) is expanding its team of technical personnel within its Aquatic Services department. We are seeking to fill an Aquatic Research Technician I position with an individual having specific interest, experience and skillset associated with Shellfish Production. We are looking for highly motivated, dynamic individuals who work well both individually and within a team of technicians and research scientists to conduct a diverse set of confidential research contracts for commercial, government and university sponsors.  WAGE AND BENEFITS: Hourly wage commensurate with experience plus benefits, including health care, annual and sick leave, life insurance and retirement plan available. This full-time position has an indeterminate term and funded through research contracts.  RESPONSIBILITIES: Provide full In Life Phase support for shellfish culture activities at the Huntsman, including microalgae production, conditioning of adults for spawning, and larval life stage culture through to adults; Assist with design and implementation of assigned and project specific experimental setups through troubleshooting and prototype testing of systems and Data Capture Forms, primarily to support ongoing aquatic toxicology studies;Comprehend, assimilate and adhere to regulatory requirements, laboratory Standard Operating Procedures, study protocols and other instructions while implementing project specific husbandry tasks and data collection activities; Record raw data promptly and accurately and in compliance with the Principles of Good Laboratory Practice, and are responsible for the quality of their data; Participate in the preparation of department Standard Operating Procedures related to all activities and projects; Verify data recorded on DCFs to ensure compliance with department Standard Operating Procedures and Study Plans/Study Protocols as necessary; Overall organization and tidiness of designated research spaces; Other duties involve preparation of analytical standards, reagents, and/or solutions; preparing appropriate glassware; maintaining thorough documentation; work with diverse analytical instrumentation; Reliably work independently as well as within a team of study participants having diverse talents and personalities; Cross training in other department disciplines as needed to meet project and business demands; and Exercise health and safety precautions to minimize risk to themselves and to ensure the integrity of the study.   MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Relevant Bachelor degree or technical diploma or equivalent experience; Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, while being detail-oriented and efficient; Demonstrated experience (2-3 years) with working directly in shellfish culture primarily on conditioning of adults, spawning and egg fertilization, handling of early life stages, and microalgae production; Proficiency in computer use including spreadsheets, word processing and internet is expected; Physical ability to perform assigned duties that may require work with toxic, volatile, and corrosive chemicals or carcinogenic substances; and/or be required to work in adverse environmental conditions; and/or carry or lift heavy materials; Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; Valid driver’s licence – class 5; Ability to work weekends and holidays, answering emergency calls and shift work as part of a staff rotation is expected; and Ability to legally work or obtain a Visa to work in Canada.    DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Desire to apply skills to other invertebrate species, including American lobsters, green sea urchins, larval fish live feeds production (rotifers and Artemia); Experience with analytical instrumentation, such as Coulter counter and microscopy, is an asset; and Conducting research within a Good Laboratory Practice setting is a plus.   APPLICATION: Applications are now being accepted for the position that can begin immediately. Applicants should indicate current citizenship status. Although Canadians and permanent residents to Canada will be given priority, all qualified candidates will be given full consideration. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.   Send single electronic submission with cover letter, CV and three references (including e-mail and telephone number) to:  HR Office, Huntsman Marine Science Centre, 1 Lower Campus Road, St. Andrews, NB, E5B 2L7.  Email: [email protected] (posted 3/12/19).

Wellfleet Shellfish Farm Supervisor, Massachusetts (USA):  This position reports to the Farm & Wholesale Operations Manager.  This position is based out of our Dennis, MA facility with regular travel to our farms in Wellfleet.  From spawn to table, Aquacultural Research Corporation (A.R.C.) plays a vital role in sustaining the shellfish industry on Cape Cod and down the Eastern seaboard. We hatch and sell shellfish seed and grow some of the seed to market size to supply our growing wholesale distribution.  A.R.C. is a leader in aquaculture research and innovation, actively supports the shellfish industry through advocacy and restoration, pioneers solutions to coastal challenges and educates current and future generations of shellfish growers.   Position Description:  This position will be responsible for the day to day, on the ground operations of our Wellfleet shellfish grants. This includes seed nursery and market harvests for both oysters and clams. This area is tidal, and therefore requires extreme flexibility in hours, be it 4:30 am starts, or wrapping up after the sun goes down.   Duties include: weekly scheduling of Wellfleet crew to coincide with tides/weather and nursery/wholesale/husbandry demands; Coordinating with nursery manager to plan seed planting and harvest schedule; Coordinating with wholesale manager to plan market harvest schedule; Planting and monitoring seed density and health, assisting with sizing for sale; Maintaining market crop health and density, performing husbandry as needed; Maintaining accurate records and inventory management, including vibrio requirements; Enforcing safety regulations and company policies; Managing maintenance and repair of equipment; Coordinating with other managers to ensure coverage and maximum productivity; Working with management to develop long term farm plans and goals; and acting as A.R.C. ambassador on the farm with seed customers and neighbors.  Compensation is commensurate with experience. This is a year-round, full time position.   Requirements: 3+ years of aquaculture or farming experience preferred; Ability to drive and trailer a 24’ skiff; Ability to stand 8 hours a day and lift 50lbs; Must have valid driver’s license and reliable transportation; Leadership skills, ability to manage a crew of 2-5 people; Punctuality and reliability, flexibility and ability to shift priorities as needed; and 30-60 hours per week, includes some weekend time as needed. Hours are variable dependent on the tides, weather, and demands.  Please submit your resume to [email protected]   (posted 3/11/19)

Oyster Farm Manager, Granite State Shellfish, New Hampshire (USA):  Granite State Shellfish, producers of Wagon Hill Oysters, is an oyster farming company located in Little Bay, New Hampshire; operating from late April into late Fall of each year. Wagon Hill is looking to hire a Farm Manager for the upcoming growing season, seasonal full time (40 hr./week). The Farm Manager will work side by side with the Partners of the farm as well as being responsible for a farm apprentice once hired.  Duties will include general farm management, inclusive of: boat operations; planting, cleaning and sorting seed oysters, as well as rotation of stock; raking, harvesting, sorting and preparing oysters for market; keeping inventory, harvest and other records as needed; Compensation is $16/hr. 40 Hours a week, May1st-October 7, 2019*, plus year end bonus and chest-wader allowance.  *Season may be extended and will be in 2020, but a bay closure may shorten the 2019 season.  Requirements: Previous aquaculture experience preferred, but not required; Personal transportation and valid driver’s license required; Must be able to lift 50lb; Must be able to operate a boat (24’ pontoon boat); Ability to work in adverse weather conditions; Ability to work independently and as a part of a team; Flexible and able to adapt to any situation; Good attitude and reliability.  To Apply, contact: David at [email protected], or George at [email protected] (posted 3/5/19)

Oyster Farm Worker, Granite State Shellfish, New Hampshire (USA)Granite State Shellfish, producers of Wagon Hill Oysters, is an oyster farming company located in Little Bay, New Hampshire; operating from late April into late Fall of each year. Wagon Hill is looking to hire a PT Farm Worker for the upcoming growing season, seasonal part-time (20hrs/week). The Farm worker will work side by side with the Farm Manager.  Duties will include general farm site work, inclusive of: planting and sorting seed stock, as well as rotation of stock and oyster gear; raking, harvesting, sorting and preparing oysters for market;  Compensation is $14/hr. 20 Hours a week, May1st-October 7, 2019*, plus year-end bonus  *Season may be extended and will be in 2020, but a bay closure may shorten the 2019 season.  Requirements: Personal transportation and valid driver’s license required; must be able to lift 50lb; Ability to work in adverse weather conditions; Ability to work independently and as a part of a team; Good attitude and reliability.  To Apply, contact: David at [email protected], or George at [email protected] (posted 3/5/19)

 

Shellfish Specialist, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Delaware (USA): Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, a regional environmental nonprofit organization based in Wilmington, Delaware, seeks a Shellfish Specialist to assist in a diverse array of ongoing research projects including surveys, assessments, and propagation of freshwater and marine bivalves. The position will work closely with science staff to carry out research beginning as early as April 2019. Available individuals who have experience in bivalve shellfish propagation and restoration are encouraged to apply with a cover letter, resume, and names and email information of two references. A more detailed description is attached. This is a regular full time exempt position. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a resume by March 15th, 2019, to: Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, 110 South Poplar Street, Suite 202, Wilmington, DE 19801; by fax to (302) 655‐4991; or by e‐mail to [email protected] Partnership for the Delaware Estuary Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of religious affiliation, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or any category that becomes protected by federal labor law. Candidates must be able to work legally in the United States.  GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  The Shellfish Specialist collects, enters, organizes and analyzes scientific results from diverse research and restoration projects that focus on native species of bivalve shellfish such as oysters and
freshwater mussels.  JOB FUNCTIONS: Assists with research and restoration projects for the Freshwater Mussel Recovery Program
and Delaware Estuary Living Shoreline Initiative; Performs office, field, and laboratory tasks using established SOPs and methods;  Assists with research experiments and field monitoring to discern ecosystem services provided by bivalve molluscs; Support with data management including data entry, archiving, and analysis; Help prepare technical reports and research proposals; Compiles and shares results via professional presentations; Provides project support for the Mussels for Clean Water Initiative; Contributes to organizing technical meetings and coordinate communications with partners; Assists with research and development of mussel propagation and rearing methods; Performs literature reviews and organizes technical documents; Help prepare science translation products such as fact sheets and web content; Performs departmental duties; Support the oyster shell recycling program as needed; o Provides field and laboratory assistance for diverse science projects, as requested; Helps to maintain data quality and assurance;  Maintains all state and federal scientific permits related to shellfish programs; Create and edit diverse scientific content for physical and digital media; Supports citizen science and outreach programs, as requested; Completes other duties as assigned; REQUIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in a life or environmental science field.  One year of experience working with bivalve shellfish (experience with both freshwater and saltwater species is preferred).  General understanding of environmental and ecological sciences.  Experience working in a laboratory setting.  Field experience such as wading, boating, and snorkeling in coastal bays and rivers.  High level of safety awareness.  Ability to work cooperatively on a field team and independently on office/data tasks.  Ability to swim and work in various field conditions.  Strong organizational skills, adaptability, and efficiency.  Strong interpersonal skills to contribute to diverse teams of PDE staff and external partners.  Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and statistical software. ArcGIS experience is preferred.  Excellent written/oral communication skills.  Valid United States driver’s license.
WORKING CONDITIONS:  Time spent in this position will be split between being in an office setting and outdoors (including
wetlands, creeks, lakes, and rivers throughout the Delaware Estuary). Occasionally, there will be tasks completed in a warehouse facility as well as a laboratory. Work hours may shift dependent on the tides or project assignment. Long hours and weekend work will occasionally be necessary. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The incumbent should be able to lift 50 pounds. The incumbent should be able to sit and stand for at least 5 hours at a time. (posted 3/3/19)

Rutgers Cape Shore Breeding Program and Lab Researcher, New Jersey (USA): The Cape Shore Lab is a 90-yr old field station of the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory within the NJ Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University.  Research that has been accomplished there to understand shellfish biology, ecology, pathology, genetics, breeding and aquaculture is world renown.  The Cape Shore Breeding Program and Lab Researcher provides day-to-day oversight of the Cape Shore facilities and grounds, with a primary focus on husbandry and spawning of Rutgers selectively bred broodstock while also supporting and promoting additional uses of the site for ecological research and educational programs.  Direction is provided by the Faculty PI responsible for the Shellfish Genetics and Breeding Program with oversight provided by the HSRL Director. The Cape Shore Laboratory is located in Green Creek, NJ on the Delaware Bay (https://goo.gl/maps/GPQvkCwrtAR2).  It consists of a shellfish hatchery with wet and dry laboratory space, offices and a teaching room.  Two seawater systems support the hatchery and a shellfish nursery as well as several holding tanks.  There is a five-room dormitory, several out buildings and seawater tanks, as well as a large tidal flat used for growing shellfish and conducting field studies on site. Duties: Provides daily oversight of the Cape Shore Laboratory and grounds to support the shellfish breeding program and other research and extension programs under the direction of the HSRL Director.  Allocates and schedules facility resources in accordance with needs and goals.  Provides leadership, supervision and guidance to permanent and seasonal technician(s) working on site.  Schedules, assigns and prioritizes workloads.  Sets appropriate deadlines.  Monitors employee performance on day-to-day basis.  Ensures timely execution of schedules. Maintains cleanliness and organization of tanks, equipment, wet and dry labs, offices, dormitory and storage facilities.  Maintains supplies and a safe working environment.   Performs and coordinates hatchery and field activities of the shellfish breeding programs under the direction of the faculty PI. Ensures proper care of shellfish broodstock, algal culture, larvae, and spat in accordance with operating procedures and all applicable state and federal regulations. Performs hatchery and field data collection as part of the breeding program. Helps to design facilities and rearing protocols for efficient culture of shellfish through all stages of cultivation. Observes and recognizes symptoms of illness or abnormalities in shellfish and takes timely action if such symptoms occur. Maintains necessary permits and ships resources (broodstock, larvae, seed, gametes, etc.) as needed.  Performs and/or oversees routine cleaning and maintenance of hatchery and field shellfish culture systems. Maintains computerized stock records and disease certification histories.Participates in relevant proposal development and assists with or otherwise supports funded research.  Participates in short and long-term plans for facility and encourages use by supporting users and their activities on site.Maintains regular communication and coordination among Cape Shore, Haskin and AIC activities.  Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.  Qualifications: Requires a BS degree in biological or marine sciences with a minimum of two years of experience in an aquaculture research or production facility and/or University research setting with focus on marine invertebrate culture.  Can combine education/experience as substitute for minimum experience. An MS degree or higher in a natural science, preferably in aquaculture, marine sciences or genetics is preferred.  Specific experience in a shellfish aquaculture research or production facility with experience in algal culture, larval culture and maintaining breeding stocks of shellfish is also preferred along with experience operating and maintaining ATV’s, small boats, seawater systems and related equipment.  Requires a valid driver’s license and personal transportation.  This position includes work indoors and out, including during inclement weather.  Tolerance of mosquitoes, biting flies and the like is periodically necessary.  The successful applicant must be able to work independently and in teams, must be self-motivated and organized, and should have good time management skills.  Schedule may require long days and/or weekend and holiday work that is often dictated by tidal cycles and weather.  The applicant must be able to lift and carry 50 lbs, complete repetitive tasks, sit and/or stand for extended periods, climb stairs and ladders, and cross various types of terrain (e.g., marshes, beaches and tidal flats).  Periodic work aboard boats and on docks will be required.    To Apply visit:  https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/86106  Or search for posting 19ST1665 on the Rutgers Jobs site (posted 2/27/19)

Shellfish Aquaculture Research Associate, Gulf Shellfish Institute, Florida (USA): The mission of GSI is to facilitate, support and encourage increased production of shellfish in Florida and the Gulf region for both economic and environmental benefit through cooperative, industry-driven research and outreach. GSI believes that high quality seafood produced in an environmentally sustainable fashion can boost coastal economies, preserve and strengthen working waterfronts, improve coastal water quality and habitats and encourage the development of a domestic aquaculture industry capable of reducing existing trade deficits. We are seeking a motivated individual to help achieve these goals.  Essential duties for this position include: Travel (own vehicle) to study sites throughout Florida (expenses to be reimbursed); Ability to communicate and coordinate field work with industry collaborators; Work with industry cooperators to collect necessary data and maintain dataloggers.  Additional duties (as determined by the Executive Director) may include: Data analysis; Report writing; Proposal writing; Presentations at professional meetings.  Qualifications: M.S. or Ph.D. Degree in environmental, marine or aquatic sciences; A commitment to achieving the mission of GSI; Must be reliable, flexible and self-motivated; Research experience in lab and field settings; Experience with shellfish aquaculture; Comfortable working on water; Willingness to get wet and muddy.  The base salary for this position is $40-50,000 per year (depending on qualifications) for a minimum of two years. The position and salary can be extended depending on grant funding. There are no fringe benefits.  Send a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references to: Dr. Bruce Barber, Executive Director [email protected] (posted 2/1/19).

Oyster Aquaculture Training Program P/articipant, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (USA)- The Virginia Institute of Marine Science Aquaculture Genetics and Breedin /Technology Center invites qualified applicants to apply for the temporary position as an Oyster Aquaculture Training Program Participant.  The successful candidate(s) must be physically able to start work April 1, 2019 and work through August 31, 2019, 40 hours a week.  The center’s (ABC) mission is to develop superior shellfish brood stocks and support breeding programs using traditional and cytogenetic approaches.  ABC has four main components of operation: hatchery, field and nursery, Kauffman Aquaculture Center (KAC), and laboratory. POSITION SUMMARY: Oyster Aqua Train Program participants will assist in all oyster aquaculture operations of ABC. Specific rotations will be in the oyster hatcheries, (both Gloucester Point and Kauffman Center in Topping, VA, 40 minutes from Gloucester Point) the field grow-out (6 field sites including one in Maryland) and the flow cytometry laboratory.  Participants will have the opportunity and are encouraged to work externships with other hatcheries/commercial farms. Duties will also include: Broodstock maintenance, algal culture, oyster spawning, larval rearing, setting, field grow out.  Perform field and laboratory work and maintain equipment.   William & Mary and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university.  The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.  Applications are only accepted online at W&M and more detailed information regarding the position can be found at http://jobs.wm.edu/postings/34491. Title: Oyster Aquaculture Program Participant Position Number: T0253V

Hatchery Technician - Oyster Seed Holdings is an independent oyster hatchery located on Chesapeake Bay in Mathews County, Virginia.  We are seeking applicants for a hatchery technician position with duties touching in all aspects of shellfish hatchery production.  These include tank and system cleaning, assistance with microalgae production, diligent husbandry of millions of larval and post-set oysters, and other physical tasks.  Candidates must be willing to work 1-2 weekends per month.  Pay commensurate with experience.To apply, please send resume and cover letter to [email protected] (posted 1/30/19).

Post doc - Bioenergetics in lower trophic aquaculture, Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Norway: The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) has a vacant position for a postdoctoral researcher within bioenergetics. The position will focus on the development of individual based modelling, seeking to understand environmental factors that influence production in benthic organisms at lower trophic levels. The main aims are to contribute basic ecophysiological knowledge about the organisms and to estimate carrying capacity for lower trophic aquaculture related to future scenarios for large-scale production and ecosystem impacts.  The successful candidate will be part of the Research Group for Benthic Resources and the main work place will be at the IMR research station in Austevoll (1h from IMR head office in Bergen). The candidate will also be associated with the relevant ecosystem modelling expertise in Bergen. The position is a part of the increased IMR effort devoted to lower trophic resources in aquaculture, focusing on benthic filter feeders and macro algae. There is currently an increased focus on the use of ecological models in research, targeting processes and interactions between species and their environment and the use of models in applied science on sustainable lower-trophic aquaculture production. Individual-based models on bioenergetics and growth is a central component in this kind of modelling. The successful candidate will be part of a team working on the energetic characterization and estimation of seston quality, feeding processes, and energetics of filter-feeding benthic organisms and macroalgae. The candidate will partake in and lead experiments necessary for parameterization and development of energetic models and experience from this kind of work is required.  Essential qualifications: PhD in marine biology or relevant field; Good skills in and knowledge about programming related to simulations of individual-based bioenergetics and ecological models; Good academic insight in physiology and ecology in marine environments, and experience with interdisciplinary work; Experience in experimental physiology; Ability to work both independently and as part of a group, and good cooperation skills; Ability to generate, complete and publish work efficiently; Desirable qualifications: Experience with Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) modelling; Experience conducting experimental work on filter-feeding organisms; Experience processing results from numerical ocean models, e.g. ROMS; A good understanding of ecological processes; Ability to communicate well in writing as well as orally.   We offer: A position at one of the leading research institutions in Europe; Salary as a 1352 postdoc, according to the state salary scale; A dynamic and enthusiastic work environment with good academic progress; Flexible working hours; Membership in Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (2% gross wage deposit); Good welfare scheme.  For more information please contact project leader Øivind Strand: [email protected] (phone +47 473 08 955) or research group leader Carsten Hvingel: [email protected] (phone +47 959 80 565), or see our web page www.hi.no. (posted 12/20/18)