Fish Production/Aquaculture Project Specialist (Hilo, Hawai’i)

Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center, University of Hawaii Hilo
Hilo, Hawaiʻi
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commensurate with experience
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Fish-Production Aquaculture Project Specialist Closing Date: May 10, 2021 Compensation: Commensurate with experience Job Summary Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (UHH), Pacific Aquaculture & Coastal Resources Center (PACRC), located in Hilo, Hawai‘i. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. MONTHLY SALARY: Salary commensurate with qualifications. DUTIES: Manages operations of the marine ornamental fish production and research system and live feed production facility. Recognizes problems, identifies possible causes, and resolves problems. Tracks program efforts and results, identifies ways to improve operations and efficiency, and collaborates with PI to determine and implement changes. Monitors and evaluates aquaculture systems, and performs hands-on modifications and repairs. Writes fundraising proposals, searches for and meets with potential sponsors, and serves as liaison between the PI and the UH Foundation. Reviews instructional materials, conducts/sets up demonstrations and lab classes, and provides mentorship and guidance for students. Designs and builds small and large scale aquaculture systems, and installs aquaculture equipment. Produces/breeds at least two (2) new species of marine ornamental fish per year, and conducts related research. Collects and analyzes data, writes technical reports, and assists with preparation of manuscripts. Coordinates, plans, schedules, and handles logistics of outreach activities/events. Makes presentations and disseminates information. Provides training and oversight to PACRC students, volunteers, and interns. Conducts marine ornamental fish research. Collaborates with the Live Feeds Specialist on research of live feeds production. Takes the lead in coordinating specimen collection. Appropriately handles, transports, and maintains specimens. Obtains required permits, ensures compliance with safety protocols and relevant UH and government safety and environmental regulations and rules.
PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Aquaculture, Marine Science, or related field. (Associate’s Degree from an accredited community college in a biological science or related field and at least three (3) years of direct experience producing marine ornamental fish and at least one (1) year of research experience may substitute for a Bachelor’s Degree.). EXPERIENCE: At least three (3) years of experience designing, installing, and managing aquaculture systems for marine ornamental fish production, monitoring and managing water quality in at least semi-commercial scale aquaculture systems, and spawning and growing at least two (2) species of marine ornamental fish (excluding clownfish) in an aquaculture context and at semi-commercial scale. Includes at least one (1) year of designing, installing, and managing aquaculture systems for live feeds production, collecting and analyzing data, writing permit applications and animal care protocols, and proposal development and fundraising. ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Functional knowledge of the nutritional requirements of marine ornamental fish. Knowledge of function, operation, and repair of pumps, PVC air blowers, and all common aquarium and aquaculture equipment. Knowledge of the biology and culture of live feeds species including microalgae, rotifers, copepods, Mysis, and Artemia. Ability to design and build small and large scale aquaculture systems and familiarity with PVC plumbing, carpentry and installation of aquaculture equipment. Ability to perform hands-on modifications and repair systems using generally accepted materials as needed to maintain animal health. Ability to use hand and power tools to build and repair systems. Ability to use basic computer software such as Microsoft Office. Ability to collect, evaluate, and nurture fish eggs and young larvae of marine fish, including use of microscopy. Ability to train others and explain/transfer project results to the public. Must possess a valid driver’s license (and if use of personal vehicle on the job is required, must also have valid personal driver’s insurance equivalent to Hawai‘i’s No-Fault Driver’s Insurance) and maintain throughout the duration of employment. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to pass a post offer criminal background check. Must be able to complete the UH Title IX training within twelve (12) months from date of hire. PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds of building materials and equipment unassisted. Ability to work and stand continuously under hot and humid conditions. Ability to work on small boats. POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS: As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies and procedures. Violation of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.). SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of tropical Pacific Fauna. Knowledge of the commercial aspects of the marine ornamental industry. Knowledge of Aquarium Science. Familiarity with the Spanish language, both written and verbal. Willingness to help develop outreach programs in other regions or countries. Demonstrated experience in fundraising and writing proposals. Experience working with diverse cultural groups. Understanding of electrical aspects of aquaculture design.
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