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Faculty Research Assistant - Full-time Hatchery Manager

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory, Cambridge, MD, United States
Employer Description

The Horn Point Laboratory, located on more than 800 acres on the banks of the Choptank River on Maryland's Eastern Shore, has advanced society’s understanding of the world’s estuarine and ocean ecosystems. Horn Point scientists are widely respected for their interdisciplinary programs in oceanography, water quality, restoration of seagrasses, marshes and shellfish and for expertise in ecosystem modeling. With ongoing research programs spanning from the estuarine waters of the Chesapeake Bay to the open waters of the world's oceans, Horn Point is a national leader in applying environmental research and discovery to solve society’s most pressing environmental problems.

Job Description

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory (UMCES-HPL) is seeking a full-time hatchery manager to aid in the development and management of a new Shellfish Aquaculture Innovation Laboratory (SAIL). As a support facility, SAIL will test new designs and technologies, create new shellfish aquaculture products, and identify the best equipment and techniques for the growing aquaculture industry.

Our objectives are to help businesses increase efficiency, decrease costs, increase profits and ensure year-round employment. Horn Point Laboratory is an internationally recognized center of expertise in bivalve ecology and is home to the Broddus and Margaret Ann Jones Oyster Culture Facility, one of the largest oyster hatcheries on the East Coast.

The manager will work closely with three UMCES-HPL faculty (Louis Plough, Matt Grey, and Greg Silsbe) whose diverse expertise will help spur innovations in the aquaculture field. As an experimental laboratory, a top candidate will have a keen eye for detail, and experience in the design and execution of experiments. 

The position will be a full-time Faculty Research Assistant with salary commensurate with experience ($35,000 to $45,000/year) and benefits. Funding is available for 2.5 years with the possibility of extending employment afterward.

Job Summary and specific duties:

  • The Hatchery Manager is responsible for overseeing and coordinating all aspects of personnel management and shellfish husbandry at the hatchery leading to an efficient rearing program;
  • Manage all aspects of shellfish production, including but not limited to: broodstock collection, holding and spawning; live food production and feeding; larval and juvenile shellfish production; general shellfish husbandry including cleaning; feeding and application of treatments; quantification of growth and survival; coordination and support of industry-based growout cages;
  • Managing and supporting graduate student research in the hatchery that may include training, scheduling, supervising, and evaluating;
  • Interact with various industry members to deliver and release shellfish and assure proper husbandry practices by these members;
  • Conduct a sound program for water quality monitoring; Ensure that all systems are properly maintained and monitored at all times;
  • Help design systems as appropriate;
  • Act as a primary respondent in the 24hr life-support monitoring program, and must live within 30 minutes (25 miles) of the Hatchery;
  • Must be able to regularly work weekends and potentially odd hours;
  • Ensure that accurate records are kept, and protocols are updated regularly; Assist with all facility reporting requirements as needed. 
Job Requirements
  • Minimum education: BS/BA in Sciences field.
  • At least two years demonstrated experience and success rearing shellfish at a managerial level and on a commercial scale.
  • Hatchery experience should include all aspects of rearing shellfish including producing live algal cultures, spawning adults, and rearing larvae and juveniles.
  • Knowledge of recirculation system components and operations, with an ability to design, build and troubleshoot these systems.
  • Dynamic, highly motivated shellfish culturist with excellent management skills and willingness to work long hours as needed.
  • Responsible and hardworking individual with the ability to work both independently and as part of a Team.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills, including the use of standard word processing and spreadsheet software programs.
  • Good physical health with the ability to lift objects over 50lbs.
  • Requires a valid driving license and reliable personal vehicle
  • Other training and experience in safety, SCUBA and science will be considered favorably

To receive full consideration, apply by June 20, 2019.  UMCES is an AA/EOE institution. Individuals with disabilities, veterans, women, and minorities are encouraged to apply. 



03 June 2019
03 July 2019
Bachelor's Degree
Research Associate / Assistant