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Director, Center for Economic and Environmental Development (CEED) (Rhode Island, USA): The Center for Economic and Environmental Development (CEED) at Roger Williams University seeks a Director who will provide leadership as the Center undertakes a critical next phase in its development: providing support for university and regional initiatives related to the Blue Economy in Rhode Island while realizing its primary mission as a center of teaching, training and research, dedicated to promoting applied marine science, with a specific focus on aquaculture, aquarium science and aquatic animal health.Reporting to the Dean of the School of Social and Natural Sciences, the CEED Director is responsible for all CEED operations and, in close consultation with CEED faculty, oversees the work of direct staff reports including Marine Facilities Technician, Microalgae Culture Manager, CEED Research Assistants and CEED Research Associates. Four BMBES (Department of Biology, Marine Biology and Environmental Science) faculty are currently affiliated with CEED; two new BMBES faculty searches are currently underway to support the CEED Shellfish Program (start date Fall 2023). The growth of this community provides the following opportunities and challenges for the CEED Director. Requirements: Ph.D. or extensive leadership experience in the marine laboratory environment; A record of successful grant writing and budgetary oversight; Experience in an administrative position with staff oversight responsibility; Strong interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to develop and maintain cooperative; working relationships with a diverse constituency, including academic professors, undergraduate and graduate students, state regulators, and shellfish harvesters and growers.  Preferred Characteristics: Experience working with potential donors and/or development offices; Demonstrated ability to work across multiple departments/programs that intersect with the marine sciences; Demonstrated commitment to engaging with additional campus constituencies including academic units external to the School of Social and Natural Sciences and various administrative units. Facility with maintaining operating and field and scientific collecting permits. Experience interfacing with state and federal environmental agencies. Experience working with marketing/communication depts to present/promote a marine program. Experience developing graduate and/or certificate programs related to aquaculture.  Please attach a resume, cover letter, and list of three (3) professional references. In your cover letter/letter of interest, in addition to listing how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position, please include information about how you would be able to contribute to RWU's diversity, inclusivity, and equity goals.  For the entire job description and to apply: https://rwu.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp;jsessionid=FFEEBC60F914C0A44992158DEE1BF9F7?JOBID=158050) (posted 2/2/23)

Wildlife Biologist I (South Carolina, USA): The employee will implement a suite of long-term, fisheries independent, monitoring programs focused on recreationally- and commercially-important invertebrate species (primarily blue crabs and shrimp).  The successful applicant will conduct field work from small and large research vessels for multiple concurrent field-based projects necessary for monitoring the population status of recreationally- and commercially-important crustaceans.  The employee will be expected to have an existing familiarity with approaches used in the Crustacean Research and Monitoring Section (CRMS) and have a thorough understanding of the ecology and life history of shrimp and blue crab.  The employee will also be expected to conduct fieldwork under challenging conditions, have experience operating small research vessels (<20') in support of research and monitoring projects.  The employee will be encouraged to participate in the dissemination of monitoring and research findings. Minimum and Additional Requirements: A bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, wildlife management or other related technical area. Preferred Qualifications: A broad knowledge of the ecology, life history, and fisheries practices concerning recreationally- and commercially-important crustaceans.  Ability to implement fisheries-independent sampling of penaeid shrimp and blue crab using both small and large research vessels and assist with other projects within the Crustacean Research and Monitoring Section.  Strong communication and organizational skills.  An ability to effectively trailer and operate small research vessels in support of field sampling and familiarity with standard crustacean sampling techniques. A South Carolina Government Application may be obtained at: http://www.state.sc.us/jobs/application. Submit a state application to the following address no later than the closing date: Office of Human Resources, Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 167, 1000 Assembly Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29202-0167.CLOSING DATE:  February 3rd 2023 To apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sc?keywords=wildlife (posted 1/27/23)

Project Manager, Oyster Resource and Recovery Center (Texas, USA): Texas A&M University Corpus Christi is seeking candidates for a Project Manager for the Oyster Resource and Recovery Center workforce development award from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) at the Harte Research Institute (HRI).  The Project Manager will hire and oversee project employees, coordinate development of a virtual training modules, facilitate milestone tracking, and complete all deliverable reporting of project activities.  The successful candidate will have strong project management skills with the PMP certification preferred. Knowledge of marine aquaculture preferred but not required.  Responsibilities: Oversee the development and supervise training programs in oyster hatchery, oyster farms, and business development related to the Oyster Resource and Recovery Center;  Responsible to complete monthly task & deliverable reporting, monthly performance reports, program indicator reports, and any other ad hoc reporting requested of TCEQ or HRI;  Hires, manages and supervises project team;  Work with grant personnel and educational groups to oversee the development of curricula and deliver educational information regarding activities associated with the Texas Oyster Resource and Recovery Center and environmental stewardship, in general; Develop metrics of success for evaluating all outreach/education/training programs;  Identify and pursue partnerships to strengthen overall objectives and goals of the center;  Manages project quality control and assurance;  Tracks goals for project delivery;  Monitors and complies with project budgets and schedules that usually have a moderate impact on financial revenue and expenses;  Performs other related duties as assigned.  For full job description and to apply: https://tamus.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/TAMUCC_External/job/Project-Manager-I-III_R-058227 (posted 1/21/2023).

Oyster Aquaculture Training Program (Virginia, USA): The Virginia Institute of Marine Science is seeking highly motivated applicants to apply for the Oyster Aquaculture Training Program.  Participants will assist in all oyster aquaculture operations of The Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Technology Center (ABC).  The ABC mission is to develop superior shellfish brood stocks and support breeding programs using traditional and molecular approaches. ABC has four main components of operation: hatchery, nursery, field and laboratory. Specific rotations will be ABC hatchery operations performed within the Acuff Center for Aquaculture, at the ABC land-based nursery, at four field sites and in the ABC flow cytometry laboratory.  Many of these trainees have ended up in local businesses, and some have gone far afield. Consideration is afforded to all applicants who demonstrate a desire and aptitude for oyster aquaculture.  Duties will also include: Broodstock maintenance within the Acuff Center will include oyster spawning and larval rearing, setting of oyster larvae and algal culture; Husbandry of oyster seed will occur at the VIMS land-based nursery; Field work on all ABC biological material will be performed at field sites (local and up to 4 hours away); Basket/bag deployment, density reduction, monitoring of grow out conditions, sampling etc.; Maintenance of hatchery and field equipment, building hatchery and field equipment; Assistance with laboratory activities including flow cytometry, sampling for programmatic work and externally funded projects.  To apply, please complete an online application using the link below and be sure to submit a cover letter clearly indicating your interest in oyster aquaculture.  The deadline to apply is February 3, 2023. For full job description and to apply:  https://jobs.wm.edu/postings/51879 (posted 1/21/2023)

Research Associate, Genomics - Molecular Biology (Oregon, USA):  The Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES) at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), fixed-term Research Associate position.  The Research Associate will contribute to the objectives of the newly formed USDA-Agricultural Research Service Pacific Shellfish Research Unit and the project "Improving the Sustainability and Productivity of Shellfish Culture in Pacific Estuaries" This position is being created to advance the work under a Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement (NACA) between the USDA-ARS and Oregon State University.  The incumbent will work with the USDA-ARS Pacific Shellfish Research Unit and the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES) with a focus on the molecular mechanisms of sex determination in the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas.  MINIMUM/REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in the biological sciences related to aquaculture, veterinary, molecular biology, genetics, or genomics; Experience with Molecular biology and bioinformatics, Analyzing high throughput sequencing data Writing and publishing peer-reviewed scientific papers; Demonstrated knowledge of basic statistic methods including experimental design, use of linear models and multivariate statistics; Demonstrated leadership, collegial attitude and communication skills; Ability to work independently and as part of a team.  PREFERRED (SPECIAL) QUALIFICATIONS:  Experience working with shellfish; Proficiency in one or more programming languages; Experience with bash scripting and working in high performance; computer clusters; Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.  When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents: 1) A resume/CV; and 2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.3) Statement of Research.  4) Publication. You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process. Questions, contact: Bernarda Calla, USDA-ARS at [email protected]  Closing date, Feb 13, 2023. For full job description and to apply: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/130019/print_preview (posted 1/18/2023).

Ocean Acidification Laboratory Manager (Maine, USA):  Downeast Institute is a nonprofit organization that operates the easternmost marine research and education facility in the U.S., a research and production shellfish hatchery, and serves as the Marine Science Field Station of the University of Maine at Machias.  The DEI has an immediate opening for an Ocean Acidification (OA) Lab Manager to assist with lab and field research on the effects of ocean and coastal acidification on marine life. This is an 18-month appointment with future years contingent on funding. The OA Lab Manager will work for DEI’s Research Scientist in Marine Carbonate Chemistry to execute a series of laboratory and field experiments related to ocean acidification and warming impacts on local marine life including the soft-shell clam, blue mussel, Atlantic surf clam, and American lobster.  Qualifications: B.S. in marine science, biology, environmental science, chemistry, or related fields required. Computer proficiency and competency in the chemistry lab is required. Experience in marine aquarium animal husbandry is preferred. The flexibility to occasionally work early mornings and evenings is expected. The ability to drive to and walk/work on mudflats is required.  Full job description can be found here: https://downeastinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/oa-lab-manager-job-posting.pdf.  For a complete job description, or to submit your resume and cover letter, email [email protected]. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. (posted 01/18/2023)

Director of Aquaculture (Maine, USA): The Maine Department of Marine Resources is seeking candidates to fill the Director of Aquaculture position based out of Augusta. Recruitment for this position closes February 10th. As director of the division, this position supervises up to six employees and oversees all work within the division, including research and monitoring activities, leasing and licensing, policy development, and administrative functions.  The position advises the Bureau Director, Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner on the development of state, interstate, and federal management policies, regulations, and legislation.  The position will also work closely with Maine Marine Patrol on compliance and enforcement issues related to aquaculture.  A key responsibility is to represent the department at interagency and intergovernmental meetings to provide scientific and policy expertise on aquaculture issues, and to represent the Department on policy matters in adjudicatory hearings for aquaculture leases.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelors Degree in marine sciences, marine or environmental policy or law, or the equivalent in directly related work experience and eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in the field of aquaculture, marine resource science and management or related field which includes supervision and coordination of policy, research, and support functions.  For more details and to apply: https://mainebhr.hire.trakstar.com/jobs/fk0xjt5/ (posted 1/13/2023).

Research Associate -  genomics; molecular biology (Oregon, USA): The Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES) at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), fixed-term Research Associate position.  The Research Associate will contribute to the objectives of the newly formed USDA-Agricultural Research Service Pacific Shellfish Research Unit and the project “Improving the Sustainability and Productivity of Shellfish Culture in Pacific Estuaries” This position is being created to advance the work under a Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement (NACA) between the USDA-ARS and Oregon State University.  The incumbent will work with the USDA-ARS Pacific Shellfish Research Unit and the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES) with a focus on the molecular mechanisms of sex determination in the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas. Pacific oysters are one of the most important commercial oyster species in the world and important contributors to the U.S. Pacific coast economy. Knowing the sex of individual oysters at the time of spawn is critical for crossing of animals in breeding programs. While Pacific oysters are dioecious (females and males are separate individuals) they lack any secondary sex characteristics making the sexing of individuals a significant challenge. In addition, Pacific oysters show occasional hermaphroditism and multiple events of sex reversal during their lifespan. Understanding the mechanisms that underly sex determination and reversal in this species will help in developing tools for precise and early identification of the sex outcome during spawns. Goals for this project include elucidating molecular mechanisms of sex determination and identifying early markers that can be used to identify sex of maturing individuals. For additional information and opportunities contact:  [email protected]. Closing date 2/13/23. To apply:  https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/129927 (posted 1/13/2023).

Aquaculture Specialist (Washington State, USA): Washington Sea Grant (WSG) has an outstanding opportunity for an Aquaculture Specialist to advance sustainable aquaculture in Washington by providing technical assistance on aquaculture practices, farm management, emerging species for culture, interactions with marine and estuarine ecosystems, business management, and workforce development. The successful candidate will apply their expertise  to projects that include the Washington Coastal Estuary Collaborative (WACEC) program and the West Coast Aquaculture Collaborative. The supervisor for this position is the team lead for Aquaculture and Water Quality. The successful candidate will work closely with WSG’s outreach and communications staff, research scientists, public agency representatives, tribes, and aquaculture practitioners.  For more information:  https://uwhires.admin.washington.edu/ENG/Candidates/default.cfm?szCategory=jobprofile&szOrderID=217153 (posted 1/11/2023)

Hatchery Manager (Florida, USA): The Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory (FSUCML) is seeking a hatchery manager. Research at the FSUCML focuses on estuarine and marine ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico.  Scientists at the lab direct externally funded projects addressing critical issues for the health and conservation of coastal and marine habitats.  This position is open until filled. The successful candidate for this position will be involved in the establishment and management of a research hatchery, which supports the research and restoration objectives of the Apalachicola Bay System Initiative. The hatchery is primarily focused on producing larvae and juveniles of the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica), but additional shellfish species are sometimes cultured for other research projects. Salary: $36,250 – 81,563. This position requires a criminal history background check and a confidentiality statement.Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:Generate and/or refine protocols for microalgal culture and for conditioning, spawning, larval culture and juvenile production for oysters, and other species as needed; Establish and maintain cultures of marine micro-algae for feeding multiple species and stages of shellfish; Condition and spawn oysters, fertilize gametes and maintain batches of larvae to settlement; Set juveniles on a range of substrate types (primarily natural shell) and generate seed as needed for research and restoration; Supervise maintenance of seed and spat on shell on research leases; Advise and assist scientists and graduate students with small scale culture of research species; Supervise full-time hatchery technicians and part time graduate research assistants; Train hatchery interns from the local area to increase workforce capacity in aquaculture; Participate in outreach activities (such as hatchery tours) and communicate with general public; Ensure hatchery facilities are clean, organized, and well-maintained; Maintain and organize detailed records (in paper and digital format) of all hatchery operations, hatchery-related purchases and maintenance orders; Oversee safety in the hatchery environment and respond to system alarms, including outside regular business hours. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or a combination of post-high school education and experience equal to four years.  Ability to: Establish and maintain effective working relationships. Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; Meet physical requirements as determined by position, including lifting up to 50 lbs.; Prioritize, organize and perform multiple work assignments simultaneously. Utilize problem-solving skills; To teach and supervise technicians and interns with a range of education and experience; Utilize blueprints and specifications; To be flexible with a strong work ethic, flexibility, and professional manners.  Have knowledge of: Fundamental understanding of recirculating and flow-through systems, algal culture, and shellfish production; Ability to identify safety hazards and necessary safety precautions to establish a safe work environment; Interpret and apply related university policies, procedures, principles, and practices; Applicable computer allocations and basic computer functions; Concepts, principles, and practices of data collection (both electronically and on paper). Preferred qualifications:  An ideal candidate for this position would have experience in intensive marine aquaculture, including at least 2 years of experience in shellfish hatchery management.  Experience supervising technical staff and evidence of successful team leadership in a production hatchery.  For more information and to apply: https://marinelab.fsu.edu/people/job-openings/hatchery-manager/ (posted 01/09/2023)

Aquaculture Systems and Ecology Branch Chief (Connecticut, USA): Job posting will be live in January or February 2023. The ASEB will be responsible for leading the 18-person Branch. This includes: Leading science: Working closely with the exceptional set of scientists in ASEB, you will lead and develop research priorities, search for appropriate funding and coordinate these activities with the Division, NEFSC, other NOAA offices (Office of Aquaculture and OA Program) and external partners.Direct supervision of employees: This includes staff performance, conflict resolution, time and travel approval. Branch management: You will be responsible for ASEB administration including budgeting, purchase approval and compliance and creative problem solving. It’s a working marine lab – there is always some unexpected problem to try and solve! ASEB also includes overseeing the lab’s 49-ft research vessel the R/V Loosanoff. Division participation: You will contribute to the management of the Ecosystems and Aquaculture Division along with the Branch Chiefs representing Aquaculture Sustainability (Milford), Fisheries Ecology (Sandy Hook), Habitat Ecology (Sandy Hook) and Oceans and Climate (Narragansett and Woods Hole). The posting will be found on usajobs.com in January or February 2023.  Please reach out to Lisa Milke ([email protected]) (posted 12/9/22)

Shellfish Health and Disease Technician (Connecticut, USA): A.I.S., Inc. (AIS) is a national scientific services firm supporting maritime activities requiring certification of compliance with environmental regulations as well as collecting data for use by Federal, State, Municipal, and other government agencies along the US coastline. AIS is seeking a Shellfish Health and Disease Technician. This employee will be engaged in the field collection and laboratory processing of samples for a health and disease survey of Crassostrea virginica populations in Long Island Sound. The survey aims to characterize the seasonal and temporal dynamics of disease in natural and restored oyster populations in Long Island Sound. The Shellfish Health and Disease Technician will work with NOAA laboratory staff and collaborating organizations to collect oyster samples and environmental data in the field, and to process and analyze samples using molecular and histopathological methods in the laboratory. Surveys will be used to estimate disease prevalence and reproductive fitness in intertidal and subtidal nearshore oyster beds in both Connecticut and New York waters. Environmental and structural data will be used to describe the environmental and biological factors associated with disease burden in the study populations.  Duties/Responsibilities:Regular travel to field sites to conduct oyster population surveys and to collect whole animal samples, oyster samples, population and environmental data; In the laboratory, the Shellfish Health and Disease Technician will process oyster tissues and run assays for histopathological, microbiological, and molecular analysis; Conduct research activities outdoors, often on boats or in marine intertidal environments; Conduct data entry, data management, and quality control of field and laboratory data using statistical and database management software; Assist in data analysis and reporting of results, including the preparation of peer-reviewed journal manuscripts and conference presentations.  Minimum Qualifications: Academic background in biology, chemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, or marine science; Experience working in a research laboratory setting; Basic biological principles and experimental design; Excellent verbal and written communication skills; Willingness to work as part of a research team.  Preferred Qualifications: Experience conducting experimental (i.e., seawater collection, filtration, animal collection/preservation) sampling in the field and on research vessels; Experience in molecular biology techniques, such as DNA extraction, qPCR (quantitative polymerase chain reaction), PCR and gel electrophoresis, and autoclaving equipment; Experience operating small boats; SCUBA diver certification. Interested candidates must submit a Resume, Cover letter detailing lab and field research experience, and professional references (name, email address and phone number.  All documents must be submitted for your application to be considered. If you have any questions pertaining to this opening, please feel free to call William Byrd at [email protected] or 774-762-7019.  For complete job description and to apply: https://aisobservers.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=2296050&&#job (posted 11/28/22).