The Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory seeks an Oyster Hatchery Manager. The successful candidate will be involved in the establishment and management of a small-scale research hatchery for conditioning, spawning, larval maintenance and setting of the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica). The hatchery will support research objectives of the Apalachicola Bay System Initiative (ABSI, https://marinelab.fsu.edu/the-apalachicola-bay-system-initiative/) and related research in the region conducted at the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory. To apply, please visit www.jobs.fsu.edu and submit an application to job ID 45665. The deadline to apply is November 12, 2019.
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Duties - Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
Assist with hatchery set-up and initiate operations to produce oyster larvae and juveniles
Set up and maintain cultures of multiple species of marine micro-algae for feeding oysters
Refine protocols for conditioning adult oysters for repeated spawning events
Spawn oysters, successfully fertilize gametes and maintain batches of oyster larvae to settlement
Set juveniles on a range of substrate types for restoration experiments.
Ensure hatchery facilities are clean, organized, and well-maintained
Maintain detailed data of all feed formulas and biological production so that reasons for successes or failures can be determined
Maintain detailed records of all hatchery-related purchases and maintenance orders
Supervise a full-time assistant (hatchery technician) in hatchery operations
Train interns from the local area in hatchery skills to increase workforce capacity in the local area
Oversees safety in the hatchery environment and is expected to respond to system alarms
Skills and Qualifications:
Fundamental understanding of recirculating and flow-through systems, algal culture and hatchery production (on a research enterprise, non-commercial scale)
Ability to keep clear and accurate records of equipment maintenance, hatchery consumables and production levels.
Superior time management and problem-solving skills
Must be able to work in a physically challenging environment and lift up to 50 lbs.
Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
Strong work ethic, flexibility and professional manners
Education- Bachelor's degree or a combination of post high school education and experience equal to four years.
Experience working with students and interns
Bachelor’s degree in a biological science + 2 years experience working in a shellfish hatchery OR 4+ years working in a shellfish hatchery/production facility