Laboratory & Field Specialist (Temporary position)

Job description

Virginia Institute of Marine Science invites qualified applicants to apply for the Temporary, (40 hours a week) Laboratory &  Field Technician located at Eastern Shore Laboratory located in Wachapreague, VA.

The Laboratory & Field Technician position will be to assist with aquaculture research projects.

The responsibilities include:

  • Assist with field sampling and processing of samples. (Includes assisting with preparations prior to sampling and post-sampling cleaning and storing of field gear.)
  • Assist with hatchery and nursery operations for bay scallops or other bivalves.
  • Collecting and recording data and ensure data is accurately maintained.

Required Qualifications:

High School Diploma or equivalent, with some college level science courses and hands on experience.


  • A basic knowledge of marine ecology.
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety protocols and basic laboratory procedures with the ability to process samples, prepare set up of experiments and recording data.
  • General working knowledge of laboratory equipment, with the demonstrated ability to use microscopes.
  • Proficiency in a variety of computer software applications, with strong data entry skills.
  • Good communication skills with the ability to following instructions and work effectively as part of a team.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and accuracy in daily work.
  • Ability to do field work aboard small boats and work in marine environments.


  • Experience in aquaculture operations.
  • Experience using a microscope.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in a related field or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


  • Familiarity with marine bivalves.
  • Knowledge of record keeping and data management.


  • Experience working on research projects in marine science.
  • Experience using compound and dissecting microscopes.
  • Prior experience in computer spreadsheet work.


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

The College of 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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Job No: Position # T0490V
Posted: 2/9/2018
Application Due: 3/15/2018
Work Type: