Freshwater Mussel Hatchery Manager: Maryland

Agency
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Location
10201 Bee Oak Road, Brandywine, MD 20613 (Charles County)
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
$51,481.00 - $84,061.00/year
Last Date to Apply
06/27/2022
Website
https://jobapscloud.com/MD/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=22&R2=001001&R3=0003
Description
The Department of Natural Resources, Fishing and Boating Services is currently accepting applications for the Freshwater Mussel Hatchery Manager position (Natural Resources Biologist IV) within the Freshwater Fisheries and Hatcheries Division. The main purpose of this position is to develop and direct all aspects of the Department’s new Freshwater Mussel Propagation and Restoration Program. This will include operation and maintenance of the State’s only freshwater mussel hatchery to be constructed on the grounds of the Joseph Manning Fish Hatchery located in Brandywine, Maryland. Design and construction is expected to be complete in 2025. The freshwater mussel hatchery will be located on 180 acres of Fishing and Boating Service property and consist of a propagation and culture building with office and lab space, mussel culture ponds, fish culture ponds, a well-fed water supply, a domestic well, and a mobile aquatic animal propagation laboratory. The facility will produce native freshwater mussel species and host fish to meet multiple resource management needs, including, but not limited to, population augmentation, reintroduction, and research projects for species and ecosystem recovery projects. Restoration efforts will take place within the state and Chesapeake Bay watershed dependent upon funding levels and obligations. The incumbent is also responsible for collaborating with appropriate internal and external partners to develop, implement, and update freshwater mussel restoration and propagation plans; develop and implement appropriate mussel health and genetic management plans; collect and care for mussel brood stock; conduct in situ, in vivo, and in vitro freshwater mussel propagation, primary and secondary mussel culture activities, and mark, stock, and assess cultured mussels; develop and refine new mussel and host fish propagation and culture techniques; pursue and acquire additional funding to advance the Department’s and Program’s mission; conduct education and outreach; and represent the Department on topics of freshwater mussel propagation and culture at meetings of professional society committees and workgroups involved in freshwater mussel restoration. Program management duties include budget development and tracking, management of capital and critical maintenance projects, management of the physical plant, including an operational connection with the Joseph Manning Fish Hatchery. The incumbent is also responsible for hiring and supervising biologists and technicians who assist in maintaining and operating the hatchery and carrying out the mission of the Freshwater Mussel Propagation and Restoration Program.
Qualifications
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Experience: Four years of professional experience conducting research and analysis in the fields of biology, biochemistry, environmental science, natural science, natural resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology, physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management or zoology and five years of experience in performing professional biological work in the field of natural resources management. Notes: 1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental aquaculture, natural science, natural resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology or physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management, zoology, or a natural resources management related field of study from an accredited college or university and five years of experience in performing professional biological work in the field of natural resources management for the required experience. 2. Candidates may substitute graduate education beyond a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a natural resources related field of study as described above at the rate of 15 graduate credit hours for one year of experience for up to two years of the required experience. 3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in the natural resources management and biological sciences classifications or natural resources management and biological sciences specialty codes in the wildlife biology field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience. DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Advanced degree (Masters or Doctoral Degree) in biology, aquaculture and/or fisheries science and management or relevant work experience in aquaculture and/or fisheries science and management One year of experience with developing and managing a program or project budget One year of supervisory experience Experience in freshwater mussel propagation and culture Experience in tagging/marking freshwater mussels Experience with implementing a freshwater mussel restoration plan
Contact Person
Christopher Langley
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