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NCSU Vet School, Raleigh: mussel + fish technician

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#1 gerald

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  • Wake Forest, North Carolina

Posted 11 March 2016 - 10:00 AM

If you or anyone you know is searching for an aquatics-based technician position this spring and summer, see below.  Please forward to anyone who may be interested.  This is an excellent opportunity to get a variety of both field-based and aquaculture experience.  This is a 40 hr/week position we are looking to fill ASAP, so current students will not have the time for the position.

Research Technician:  NC State University is conducting projects focused on the conservation and captive propagation of freshwater mussels.  We are hiring one individual full-time (40 hrs a week) as a technician to assist with laboratory and field work.  Work will begin as soon as possible.  Funding is available for 18 weeks. 



-          Perform routine care for and maintenance of juvenile and adult freshwater mussels, snails, and stream fishes in a laboratory,

-          Assist in the propagation and culture of freshwater mussels,

-          Monitor and maintain water quality in lab recirculating systems,

-          Assist in performing field surveys and collection of freshwater mussels (snorkeling and wading)

-          Assist in monitoring mussels in remote growout ponds in the surrounding area

-          Assist in conducting some fish collection through seining

-          Maintain data and records on fishes and mussels in the laboratory,

-          Travel to a hatchery occasionally to transport mussels to and from the laboratory

-          Overnight travel may be required from 0-6 nights per month.


Necessary Qualifications:

-          Must be working towards or have completed a Bachelor of Science degree (or equivalent) in biology, fisheries and wildlife sciences, zoology or related field,

-          Good organizational skills and attention to detail,

-          Good data collection skills,

-          Ability to work well alone as well as work closely with others,

-          Physically fit and able to work long hours in and around water and under potentially adverse weather conditions,

-          Must be able to climb ladders and lift up to 40 pounds,

-          Must be able to swim, snorkel and be comfortable in water,

-          A North Carolina driver’s license (or ability to obtain one).


Other Preferred Qualifications:

-          Experience in the care of aquatic animals

-          A background and interest in streams and aquatic biology

-          Experience surveying freshwater fishes and/or mussels

-          Experience paddling a canoe


Hours:  40 hours per week.  Work days begin between 7-9 am.  Brief laboratory work (30-60 minutes) will be required on some weekends.   Pay: $13/hr.  Interested individuals:  Email cover letter and resume or CV to Chris Eads at chris_eads@ncsu.edu as soon as possible.  Position open until filled.

Gerald Pottern
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"Taxonomy is the diaper used to organize the mess of evolution into discrete packages" - M.Sandel

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