Hatchery & Field Assistant

This position supports DEI’s strategic goals by supporting successful shellfish hatchery, nursery and grow-out techniques with multiple species by producing seed stock at commercial and/or research scale and participating in field experiments and commercial scale demonstrations. Hatchery & Field Assistants will work with our scientists to provide leadership and credible scientific information to help fishermen, policy-makers, regulators and others involved in shellfisheries adapt to a changing marine environment. Assistants will help sustain DEI through shellfish-based enterprise.

Description:  The Hatchery & Field Assistant will work with the shellfish hatchery team and a variety of research teams to develop, implement, and evaluate methods relating to the production of marine bivalves and other invertebrates for research and other programs at DEI’s Production & Research Hatchery, as well as seawater labs, experimental labs, tidal impoundments, and offsite rearing locations (nursery, grow out and field research sites and demonstration farms.).  In addition, the Hatchery & Field Assistant will support routine production of seed for sale to commercial farmers to support aquaculture development and generate revenue. This is a full-time, hourly position and reports to the Production & Research Hatchery Manager.

Duties Include: 

  • Participate in project planning;
  • Assist with receiving, tracking and fulfilling shellfish seed orders.
  • Assist with the production of microalgae stock and mass cultures;
  • Perform sanitation and preparation of shellfish production equipment and systems;
  • Assist with spawning brood stock and rearing of larval and juvenile shellfish;
  • Perform routine and unique data collection 
  • Assist with field-based experiments;
  • Assist with Demonstration Farm activities
  • Conduct public tours of DEI;
  • Assist with supervision of UMM and other undergraduates during summer and/or during fall/spring semester as needed; and,
  • Assist with other duties or functions as needed. 

Position Duration: 12-month appointment renewed annually, and contingent on successful fundraising. 

Position Location:  Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education, Wildflower Lane, Black Duck Cove, Beals, Maine as well as off-campus field sites as determined by research and production needs.

Supervision: The Hatchery & Field Assistant reports to the Production & Research Hatchery Manager. Annual performance evaluations will be performed and may lead to advancement.

Supervisory Responsibilities: The Hatchery & Field Assistant may share in the direction and supervision of summer interns and other students working at the facility. 

Qualifications:  Minimum of a B.S. in marine biology, marine ecology, aquaculture, zoology or related fields.  Computer proficiency and strong skills in oral communication are required, as well as the ability to be flexible and perform a variety of tasks in the hatchery as well as lab and field environments.   The flexibility to work occasionally early mornings and evenings is expected, as well as flexibility around days of the week that will be worked.  The ability to travel to field sites, work outdoors occasionally year round and work while standing, and a valid driver’s license are required. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and walk/work on intertidal mudflats.

To Apply: Please forward a resume and cover letter to Dianne Tilton, Executive Director,  dtilton@downeastinstitute.org.

Downeast Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

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