This position is part of the Lake Trafford restoration project. The focus of this position is to assist in the cultivation and growth of freshwater mussels for stocking in Lake Trafford. Primary duties include monthly counts of freshwater mussels from different species, the extraction of glochidia from the marsupial gills of a mussel, inoculation of host fish and following maintenance in a specialized rack system, siphoning juvenile mussels from tanks and counting the amount in each tank, transitioning juvenile mussels from indoor to outdoor maintenance, and record a monthly count and measurement of freshwater mussel spawns. Office work (75%) and field work (25%) is required. Travel is done in state vehicles where travel is done to different lakes throughout central and south Florida. Overnight field trips will be required. Knowledge in operation of boats is preferred as well as the ability to swim.
Must possess and maintain a valid Florida driver’s license.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in biological, environmental, or related-life sciences.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university plus applicable work experience; or
A master's degree from an accredited college or university in a life or physical science, preferably in the fisheries/aquaculture sciences.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Having knowledge of Florida freshwater mussels species; data collections and sampling techniques for freshwater mussels; and the ability to measure and tag freshwater mussels is recommended
Be able to use critical thinking and problem solving to help improve current freshwater mussel culture methodologies. Also be able to regularly record data and communicate with supervisors, conduct field collection trips to different lakes statewide (typically 5-9 times a year), maintain a valid driver’s license, handle and maintain several different species of freshwater mussels until they are needed for stocking. A working knowledge of freshwater mussel identification and life history is preferred.
Arthur Agdeppa, Fisheries and Wildlife Biologist III