Oyster Aqua Train Pgm Participant

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Position Information

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Present Position Number T0253V Role Code Title Laboratory & Research Aide Position Title Oyster Aqua Train Pgm Participant Position Summary

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science invites qualified applicants to apply for the temporary position as a Oyster Aqua Training Program Participant.

The successful candidate(s) must be physically able to start work April 1, 2019 and work through August 31, 2019, 40 hours a week.

Oyster Aqua Train Program participants will assist in all oyster aquaculture operations of ABC. Specific rotations will be in the oyster hatcheries, (both Gloucester Point and Kauffman Center in Topping, VA, 40 minutes from Gloucester Point) the field grow-out (6 field sites including one in Maryland) and the flow cytometry laboratory.

Participants will have the opportunity and are encouraged to work externships with other hatcheries/commercial farms.

Duties will also include:

  • Broodstock maintenance, algal culture, oyster spawning, larval rearing, setting, field grow out.
  • Perform field and laboratory work and maintain equipment.
Required Qualifications


  • High School graduate/equivalent, with experience in aquaculture.
  • Valid Driver’s License


  • Basic knowledge of husbandry, with the ability to be trained in all aspects of Oyster Aquaculture Husbandry.
  • Knowledge of Biological processes.
  • Demonstrates ability to follow routine oral and written instructions. Ability to work independently, and show initiative to follow the program criteria.
  • Demonstrates good communication skills, with the ability to interact effectively with all laboratory personnel.
  • 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 Bioiogy.
Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience in marine science, biology, fisheries, aquaculture (fish or shellfish).


  • Experience with Biological processes.
  • Experience working in inclement weather conditions with proven ability to be comfortable in the field and on the water.
Advertised Pay Range up to $10.50 per an hour Department ABC - 133100 Location VIMS - Gloucester University Salary Range

U03 Job Open Date 01/25/2019 Review Begin Date Job Close Date 02/21/2019 Open Until Filled No Employment Category Hourly Position Term Other (Specify Below) Special Application Instructions

In your cover letter, please indicate what your specific interests is in this position are and how this experience could help you in the future

Conditions of Employment:
  • The selected participant must be able to physically work on start date (4/1/2019) with full commitment at 40 hours a week through the end of the season (8/31/2019).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Reliable transportation to travel between work sites for work as needed. The Gloucester Point, VA hatchery and the Topping, VA hatchery are 40 minutes apart and participants are required to work at both facilities regularly.
  • May be required to drive a state vehicle.
  • Valid driver’s license needs to be maintained during employment.
  • 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 and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science 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 and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science 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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Supplemental Documents Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
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Posted: 2/16/2019
Application Due: 2/21/2019
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