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Postdoctoral Research Associate Shellfish Aquaculture (Virginia, USA):  William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate in shellfish aquaculture to work with Dr. Bill Walton in the Department of Fisheries Science. The Postdoctoral Investigator will join researchers in the Walton Lab to develop and apply methods to understand how culture methods and farm management strategies in shellfish aquaculture affect yield, product quality and ultimately profitability. Field data from experimental farms at VIMS and cooperating farms are expected to be leveraged in this research, with collaboration likely with advisory service personnel, agriculture economists and/or marketing experts. The work will be firmly grounded in questions relevant to the US commercial shellfish aquaculture industry. We are seeking candidates who share VIMS’ commitment to the principle that diversity and inclusion are critical to maintaining excellence. Position responsibilities include: Development of a research plan that addresses one or more of the topics of interest; Development of conceptual approaches and sampling protocols; Collection of data from field and lab-based studies; Analysis of data and statistical modeling; Preparation of reports and manuscripts describing results; Coordination of meetings with the research team; Presentation of results at scientific conferences; and discussion of results with management agencies and other interested groups such as the VIMS Shellfish Aquaculture Program Exchange. The project will involve travel to meet with managers and to present at scientific conferences, as well as to accomplish field-based studies as necessary.  At the time of appointment, the successful applicant will have a PhD in fisheries science, marine science, agricultural economics or similar, with a research focus on shellfish aquaculture, ecology and/or restoration. Candidates should have: Experience leading others in the sampling and handling of shellfish in the field; Experience processing shellfish in the laboratory for tissue samples, shell condition, or similar; and strong quantitative and experimental design skills are required Preference will be given to applicants with: Experience analyzing willingness to pay by consumers for products; Experience applying statistical models (e.g., GLMs) to data; Experience developing and using spatially explicit models to describe aquatic species distributions; Demonstrated computational abilities using R, MatLab, SAS or similar; and strong communication, team building, and organizational skills. Application materials should include: 1) a cover letter identifying availability for this position; 2) a 1-page statement describing relevant experiences and research interests; 3) a pdf of a peer-reviewed publication; 4) a full curriculum vitae; and 5) the names, addresses (including titles and institutions), email addresses, and telephone numbers of three references.  Application materials should be addressed to: Dr. Ryan Carnegie, Search Committee Chair, and will be accepted through our On-Line Application System at For full consideration, application materials are due by April 10, 2021 however, applications received after this date will be reviewed if necessary.  William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities (posted 2/25/2021)

Farm Operations Manager (Maine, USA): Mook Sea Farm is a science-based company, employing an interdisciplinary combination of evidence-based, best practices coupled with the intuitive leadership of those who love to farm shellfish.  The Farm Operations Manager is responsible for ensuring the health, growth, quality, and consumer safety of Mook Sea Farm’s oysters from the time the seed arrives from the hatchery until the oysters are harvested and handed off to the Packing Plant Manager.  This includes supervision of all aspects of shellfish production: seed management, biofouling control, detailed record keeping, overwintering procedures, gear maintenance, and harvesting.  the Farm Operations Manager should also understand how the product is handled once it enters our packing plant, including health regulations, packing, and shipping.  Mook Sea Farm is a collaborative workplace where a high value is placed on the sharing of knowledge and information.  Responsibilities include: planning, maintaining records, reporting, delegating, and having a bird’s eye view of the department while maintaining a culture of open feedback and accountability.  The Farm Ops Manager is responsible for the following:  Ensuring oysters are properly monitored and cared for based on an understanding of the different ecological conditions on each lease, broader environmental changes, and an understanding of the weather and other external conditions, such as gear type, manner of deployment and their impact on the shellfish. This includes understanding and following husbandry practices that yield the highest quality shellfish; Maintaining an accurate inventory, projecting the numbers of market size oysters available for each season, and based on this information, developing and following a harvest plan; Identification/development, trial, and assessment of new technologies/systems for growing shellfish; Environmental quality on each lease and upholding the lease conditions and requirements imposed by the state of Maine; Safe operation of all marine vessels; The health and safety of the product for consumers by ensuring that all MSF, Maine DMR, and FDA policies, regulations and statutes are followed, including MSF’s HAACP plan; Procurement and inventory of supplies necessary for operations; Work with relevant colleagues to develop budgets and track expenses; Attending events as company representative to promote brand and products as needed; Other duties as assigned.  A primary part of the Farm Operations Manager’s job will be to lead, manage, and hold people accountable (LMA).  They should have experience successfully leading and motivating teams in a production environment and should be comfortable with and effective at delegating to foremen and collaborating with other managers, including outside of their department. Additionally, the Farm Operations Manager will: Ensure the safety of the crew; Identify training needs of individuals for general farm work, new equipment, and new processes, and create training plans so that all employees are competent and confident; HR duties include attracting and retaining talent, performance management, PTO requests, and payroll review; Compliance with all Mook Sea Farm policies and procedures; Carry out all work in alignment with the Mission and Vision of Mook Sea Farm; Reports to: COO.  We are looking for candidates who have a fundamental understanding of the basic sciences, including the biology and ecology of the Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) and other indigenous commercially important bivalves. Successful candidates should also understand currents and tides, and be proficient at safely handling small boats in Maine’s nearshore coastal waters; Bachelor’s degree that includes strong science coursework is required; Minimum of 3-5 years of experience successfully managing grow-out operations at an oyster farm; At least three years of experience leading or managing people; Clear and consistent communication vertically and horizontally, both written and verbal; Excellent organizational and time management skills; A collaborative approach to problem solving; Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite & Google Workspace for Business.  While this is primarily a leadership position, successful candidates must be willing and able to do the work associated with farming oysters, including: Having the physical strength, balance, hand-eye coordination, and stamina necessary to complete jobs in various areas, including on the water; The ability to lift, push and/or pull at least 50 pounds; The manual dexterity as needed to operate a variety of equipment; The interest in working in a range of weather conditions and ability to tolerate exposure to typical noises and smells associated with a farm.  This is a full-time, salaried job. Daily shifts are approximately 8 hours, however, this position requires a flexible work schedule that may vary in the number of hours worked in a day, or in which the stop times may vary depending on workload and season. Weekend and holiday work may be necessary.  Pay will be commensurate with experience and reflective of the crucial role this person will play in the success of the farm. The following benefits are offered to all full-time, permanent employees: Health, Dental, and Vision insurance, Paid time off, short term disability, and up to a 3% matching retirement contribution.  To apply please send a cover letter, your resume, and three references to Moira Foley ([email protected]). DUE BY MARCH 15TH 2021.  Applications are accepted starting immediately.  Mook Sea Farm is an Equal Opportunity Employer (posted 2/25/2021).

Assistant / Associate Extension Professor, Production Aquaculture – Shellfish (Alabama, USA):  The School of Fisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences ( at Auburn University ( seeks an individual to conduct extension (50%) and research (50%) activities in support of the off-bottom oyster farming industry on the Alabama coast and future applied shellfish projects.  The successful candidate will be assigned to the Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory on Dauphin Island and develop extension and research programs both independently and in collaboration with faculty in Auburn. The director of the Lab will report to the successful candidate who will be responsible for overall administration and direction of the facility. A PhD in biology, aquaculture, biosystems engineering, environmental science, or closely related discipline is required at the time employment begins. Publication records in both shellfish research and extension are also required. Postdoctoral experience, a record of extramural funding to support extension and/or research activities, and a research area that complements those of current School faculty are desired. Salary is negotiable and start-up funds are available.  To apply, go to and submit a cover letter outlining how the applicant’s background has prepared him or her for the described position, CV, and a statement of possible initial research and extension activities. When prompted, please provide the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three people who have agreed to serve as references. Only complete applications will be considered. Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position and application process may be directed to the chair of the search committee (Dr. Terry Hanson, [email protected]) Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability employer (posted 2/21/21)

Scallop Research Specialist (Virginia, USA):  Marine Advisory Services at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) invites qualified applicants to apply to the open Scallop Research Specialist position. This position is based out of Gloucester Point, VA.  The Scallop Research Specialist, reporting to the Scallop Research Lead Specialist (as directed by the Associate Director for Marine Advisory Services) will support at-sea survey cruises, and other field work as dictated by funded research, and play a leading role in the inventory and procurement of all necessary supplies and equipment for the research cruises. The position is also charged with ensuring that these items are successfully transferred to the commercial fishing vessels (docked at New Bedford, MA; Cape May, NJ; or Seaford, VA) and properly stowed/configured as appropriate.  Other responsibilities include but not limited to:Oversees accurate and efficient data collection and execution of field work. This also includes working with vessel captains to set cruise tracks, assesses proper working course of action, setting scientific crew assignments and leading/participating in sampling processing efforts; Ensures that equipment and supplies are cleaned, properly maintained and stored in an appropriate manner after field work is complete. Ensures biological samples collected during field work operations are transported, stored and delivered to appropriate organizations or agencies; Collects age data from scallop shells collected during field work. Upon return from at-sea trip, shells cleaned, catalogued and entered into database.  Assists PI and Scallop Research Lead Specialist with basic data analysis for various projects. Provides input and assists with the preparation of final, progress and industry reports as well as presentations for funding agents in accordance with deadlines.  For qualifications and how to apply: date is March 1, 2021.  (posted 2/11/21)

Coastal and Aquatic Ecological Research Technician -Focused on Oyster Restoration (Mississippi, USA): Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected participant will be participating in collaborative coastal and aquatic ecological research. The participant will participate in a collaborative field experiment focused on bivalve restoration techniques in the Gulf of Mexico, that will improve Gulf sturgeon habitat and oyster reef, and will assess the use of Natural and Nature Based Features. The participant will participate by serving as a liaison between the ERDC Environmental Laboratory and University of Southern Mississippi partners on this oyster restoration research.  In addition, the participant will concurrently participate with the development of additional research projects within the coastal ecology and aquatic invasive species research groups portfolios. This will include, but will not be limited to, assisting with experimental design, data collection, analysis of results and writing papers.  Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, bivalve ecology, coastal restoration, oyster reef dynamics and commercial fisheries, invasive species, ecological study design, threatened and endangered species, among others. This appointment is a full-time twelve month research appointment, with the possibility to be renewed for additional research periods. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.  Candidate should have completed or currently pursuing his/her Master's or PhD in a biological or ecological field of study.  Useful skills a candidate could bring to this opportunity include knowledge in: benthic invertebrate, vertebrate and coastal plant systems ecology; threatened and endangered species;  restoration and resilience of coastal ecosystems;· impacts of climate change on coastal ecosystems; beneficial use of dredge material; natural and nature based features and natural infrastructure;  applying quantitative approaches to studying coastal systems; statistical approaches to data analysis including spatial analyses; proficiency in working with large datasets; strong technical writing skills.  For more information or to apply: (posted 2/1/21)

Shellfish Hatchery/Nursery Technician (Virginia, USA): Ward Oyster Company seeks a motivated individual to assist with hatchery and nursery operations. Primary responsibilities will be the daily care and husbandry of small oyster seed. Duties will include washing small seed ranging from 800um to 2mm in size, hand grading small oyster seed, performing counts and determining quantities, preparing orders, maintaining records, pressure washing upweller tanks, pressure washing upweller silos, and other nursery duties as required. Additional tasks may include assisting the hatchery crew in spawns, microalgal culture, husbandry of larvae and post-set animals, water changes, maintaining downwellers and bottle upweller system, and other tasks as required. This is a full-time, year-round position, one weekend day per week is required during the production season. The work occurs outside in all weather, and applicants must be capable of lifting 50 lbs. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work independently, pay attention to detail, and complete tasks thoroughly and efficiently. Required qualifications are a high school diploma, a valid driver’s license, and a strong work ethic. Preferred qualifications are college-level coursework in marine science, biology, and related fields. Experience in a shellfish hatchery or nursery is desirable, however we will train a promising and motivated candidate. Starting pay is $13.00/hr or commensurate with experience. Please submit a resume and cover letter to Chris Smith at: [email protected] (posted 1/21/2021)

Associate Professor, Fisheries and Mariculture (Texas, USA): The Department of Life Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) invites applications for a tenure-track Associate Professor of Mariculture and Program Coordinator for the Fisheries and Mariculture program (FAMA) to begin fall 2021. We seek a motivated and talented person who can work in applied areas of Mariculture including Production Mariculture, Nutrition, and Development of Mariculture species. Applicants whose expertise is complementary to that of existing faculty and who can fill known gaps in the department are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program, supervise graduate students in the FAMA MS program and Marine Biology PhD program, and teach courses consistent with their individual expertise.  In addition, the new hire is expected to take on the role of Program Coordinator for FAMA. The FAMA program ( prepares M.S. students for careers in either the private or public sector in fisheries or mariculture. This is accomplished through a rigorous core curriculum combined with thesis research or internship projects. The successful applicant must demonstrate a vision of expanding and strengthening the FAMA program.  Office and dry lab research space will be provided in Tidal Hall, a new (2019) state of the art building on campus, and wet lab space off-campus at the TAMU AgriLife Mariculture Research Facility (TAMRF) is available for preapproved projects. The TAMRF is a wet-lab facility with a natural seawater system, laboratory space, as well as equipment and facilities for microalgae culture, water chemistry analysis, and spawning and rearing of marine species.  Required Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in Fisheries Science, Biology or related field specializing in Mariculture; A strong publication record in leading journals; and Experience at the Assistant Professor level.  Preferred Qualifications: Individuals with active, externally-funded research programs and collaborations, who can take advantage of potential faculty collaborators and our research laboratories and equipment, including the Texas A&M AgriLife Mariculture Research Facility, High Performance Computer Center, Isotope Core Lab, microscopy and other analytical facilities; Applicants whose research focus is complementary to existing faculty in the department are especially encouraged to apply.  All required documentation must be submitted to be considered for the position: Cover letter; Statement of research interests; Teaching statement that details a) preferred teaching interest and teaching philosophy, and b) strategies to guide/grow the FAMA program; Curriculum vitae; four professional references including name, address, title, telephone number, and email addresses- including a current or previous supervisor.   TO APPLY: The position will remain open until a finalist is selected. Applicants are encouraged to apply by Monday, March 15, 2021; review of applications will begin April 1, 2021. (posted 1/16/2021)

Oyster Hatchery Assistant Manager (Louisiana, USA). Triple N Oysters has an opening for an oyster hatchery assistant manager. Previous experience required in a shellfish hatchery environment.  Located in Baton Rouge, LA. Larvae and/or algal culture experience required. Salary 40-50K. Bonuses possible. Please contact Steve Pollock at 225-588-6254 or [email protected] for more information (posted 12/2/2020).