Oyster Aqua Training Program

The College Of William Mary
February 03, 2023
Offerd Salary:$15.50
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Position Information

Position Information

Present Position Number T0253V

Role Code Title Laboratory & Research Aide Position Title Oyster Aqua Training Program Unit Mission Statement

The Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Technology Center's (ABC) mission is to develop superior shellfish brood stocks and support breeding programs using traditional and molecular approaches. ABC has four main components of operation: hatchery, nursery, field and laboratory.

Position Summary

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) is among the largest marine research and education centers in the United States. Located along the glistening beaches of Gloucester Point, Virginia, VIMS provides research, education, and advisory services to government, citizens, students, and industry in coastal oceans and estuary science. Transforming data into policies, students into leaders, and theories into tangible change for solutions to global problems and to restore marine life.

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science is seeking highly motivated applicants to apply for the Oyster Aqua Train Program. Oyster Aquaculture Training Program participants will assist in all oyster aquaculture operations of ABC. Specific rotations will be ABC hatchery operations performed within the Acuff Center for Aquaculture, at ABC's land-based nursery, at four field sites and in the ABC flow cytometry laboratory.

Participants will have opportunities to work with additional VIMS researchers and will also have the opportunity and are encouraged to participate in externships/work experiences with other bivalve hatcheries and commercial aquaculture farms.

Duties will also include:

  • Broodstock maintenance within the Acuff Center will include oyster spawning and larval rearing, setting of oyster larvae and algal culture
  • Husbandry of oyster seed will occur at the VIMS land-based nursery
  • Field work on all ABC biological material will be performed at field sites (local and up to 4 hours away)

  • Basket/bag deployment, density reduction, monitoring of grow out conditions, sampling etc.
  • Maintenance of hatchery and field equipment, building hatchery and field equipment

  • Assistance with laboratory activities including flow cytometry, sampling for programmatic work and externally funded projects
  • Required Qualifications


  • High School graduate/equivalent, with experience in biology and biological processes not limited to course work (may include prior work experiences)

  • Basic understanding of biology as it pertains to animals living in freshwater or marine systems
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, follow written and oral instructions with strict attention to detail and show initiative. Self- starter.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Ability to work in inclement weather conditions and perform comfortably in the field and on the water.
  • Experience in aquaculture or marine biology
  • Preferred Qualifications

    EDUCATION : Associate degree or the equivalent combination of education and / or experience. EXPERIENCE :

  • Hands-on experience in marine biology, fish or shellfish aquaculture not limited to course work
  • Experience working in a laboratory setting
  • Experience maintaining aquarium systems (fresh water or salt water)
  • Experience working in inclement weather conditions with proven ability to be comfortable in the field and on the water
  • Advertised Pay Range up tp $15.50 per hour Department 133100 ABC Location VIMS - Gloucester Is the position remote work eligible? Not eligible Remote Work Disclaimer

    Remote work eligibility is not guaranteed and is subject to approval. Employee eligibility depends on the likelihood of the employee succeeding in a remote work arrangement and the supervisor's ability to manage remote workers. Departments and/or Human Resources may amend, alter, change, delete, or modify eligibility.

    University Salary Range U03 Job Open Date 01/11/2023 Review Begin Date Job Close Date 02/03/2023 Open Until Filled No Employment Category Hourly - Temporary FLSA Non-Exempt Position Term Other (Specify Below) Special Application Instructions Conditions of Employment

  • This is a non-exempt position eligible to receive overtime in accordance with the fair labor standards act. Occasional long hours and regular weekend hours, including during holidays, is expected and required throughout the program.
  • This position is a temporary (hourly) position not to exceed 6 months. End date may be flexible if program participant obtains employment just prior to program finishing.
  • All hourly employees are subject to the limitations of the Virginia Manpower Control Program and total hours worked may not exceed on average 29 hours per week, over the course of a twelve month period beginning May 1 each year.
  • Valid driver's license needs to be maintained during employment (May be required to drive a state vehicle).
  • Ability to successfully perform duties in the field and on the water and perform duties in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs.
  • EEO Statement

    William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

    Background Check Statement

    William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

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