The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall management of the Aquaculture Research Station at the UAPB Aquaculture/Fisheries Center at Pine Bluff. Duties of the position include but are not limited to the supervision of the station crew, oversee the maintenance of all ponds and other aquaculture systems, water supply, electrical systems, equipment, vehicles, golf carts, and buildings. Due to the size of the facility and the current limited number of station crew, we expect the chosen candidate to be involved actively in station maintenance. The station manager will provide logistical support to the research and extension faculty, staff, and students. The station manager will also be responsible for maintaining records on fish health, fish inventories, ponds and fish movements to and from the station, animal welfare protocols, experimental protocols, and to maintain protocols on chemical safety and overall station and equipment safety. The station manager will also provide oversight for any necessary renovations of the existing facilities and provide input on any future additions to the existing facility.
The Station is located on 200 acres of land one mile north of the UAPB campus. There are currently 107 earthen ponds including a 5-acre reservoir that supplies water to the remaining research ponds. Thirty-five ponds are 0.1 acre in size and 14 of these are covered with bird netting to exclude predators. There are twelve 0.5-acre ponds for holding and spawning purposes. A 1-acre pond is used for small impoundment demonstration. The remaining 58 ponds are 0.25-acre. Water is supplied from groundwater through three wells drilled into two different aquifers. Further research may be conducted in 40 9-foot diameter pools covered with bird netting. A hangar covers 8 concrete vats used for holding, grading, & handling fish. Other buildings on site include: 1) Aquaculture Equipment Development Building; 2) Aquaculture Research and Demonstration Building; 3) Feed Building; 4) Hatchery; 5) Maintenance Building; 6) Storage Facility; 7) Value-Added Product Building; 8) Water Chemistry Laboratory; 9) Aquatic Plant Greenhouse; and 10) Truck Shed.
A B.S., M.S. (or M.Aq.) degree in aquaculture, fisheries or a related field. Experience in aquaculture, including pond and hatchery management is required. Management experience, or Management training is preferred.