To assist with propagation and culture of freshwater mussels at Virginia Tech's Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Center, Blacksburg. Collect fish via electroshocking. Collect mussels from various rivers in Virginia and Tennessee. Operate and maintain field and lab equipment to monitor water quality. Assist with design and implement experiments in recirculating aquaculture systems. Assist with administering projects and preparation of required reports. Assist with mussel propagation. Maintain algae for feeding mussels. Conduct routine plumbing to repair leaks.
The successful candidate must have experience collecting and identifying mussels and fish; ability to assist with implementing experiments; ability to record and enter data; ability to work outdoors year-round; be able to lift more than 50 lbs. and carry equipment for extended periods of time; must have the ability to swim well; frequent overnight travel; periodic weekend work.
Experience with aquaculture; experience with research experiments and statistics; experience with mussel culture and identification; experience working with minimal supervision in a lab setting; experience in stream sampling and data collection; Bachelor of Science in Fisheries or related field.
Commensurate with experience
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.
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