Laboratory and Research Specialist

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Present Position Number T0566V Role Code Title Laboratory & Research Spec I Position Title Laboratory and Research Specialist Position Summary

Fisheries Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science invites qualified applicants to apply for the temporary Laboratory & Research Specialist position.

The Laboratory and Research Specialist core responsibilities will be related to the preparation and the execution of the NEAMAP biannual survey that is to be conducted by this program as well as to the laboratory processing of the field generated biological samples.

Responsibilities will include (but not limited to):

  • Inventories necessary supplies and equipment for research cruises. Transport, stowage and configuration of all survey materials to the chartered fishing vessel.
  • Assists with implementation of all necessary catch processing procedures at sea, including proper use of all the catch processing equipment and troubleshooting of that equipment.
  • Assists with the execution of all ancillary data collection protocols (net monitoring, tow tracks, site identification and atmospheric and hydrographic monitoring.
    Conducts laboratory processing of fisheries related samples, such as hard parts for ageing and fish stomachs for diet determination.
  • Participates in the other MRG field surveys as needed.
Required Qualifications


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


  • Knowledge of laboratory procedures as related to age determination of fishes as well as to the processing of fish stomachs to support diet determination, with the ability to record length, weight, sex and maturity from fish at sea.
  • Basic knowledge of the various protocols used by the trawl monitoring surveys, including catch processing, net monitoring, hydrographic and atmospheric data collection.
  • Working knowledge of scientific principles and the scientific process, especially as they relate to fisheries-independent monitoring surveys.
  • Familiarity with electronics and in particular automated catch data equipment including: Scantrol measuring boards, Marel motion-compensated balances, FEED software and rugged computer equipment.
  • Working knowledge of personal computers and Microsoft Office Suite software, among others.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to work effectively as a collaborative team member.
  • Ability to work on a commercial trawling vessel chartered for scientific research and stay on-board the vessel (overnight) for multiple weeks at a time. Ability to successfully perform duties, often under adverse conditions (heavy seas, high winds, precipitation), for multiple weeks at a time, with the ability to resist motion sickness or at the minimum “work-through” bouts of motion sickness.
  • Ability to lift 60-75lb baskets of fishes repeatedly over a 16-18 hour work day on a moving vessel.
  • Ability to pass the VIMS at-sea survival training exercise.


  • Demonstrated experience using Microsoft Office Suite or comparable applications.
  • Experience performing aquatic field sampling and data collection using standard fishery techniques in the field as well as the laboratory.
Preferred Qualifications


  • Working knowledge of the fauna of the Mid-Atlantic Bight, Southern New England and the Chesapeake Bay, particularly with respect to their identification and biology.


  • Experience working with fishery-independent monitoring surveys (particularly trawl surveys).
  • Laboratory experience related to fish age sample processing, reading and age assignment, as well as fish stomach processing for diet determination.
  • Experience with electronics and in particular automated catch data equipment including: Scantrol measuring boards, Marel motion-compensated balances, FEED software and rugged computer equipment.
Advertised Pay Range Commensurate with experience Department Fisheries Science - 181100 Location VIMS - Gloucester University Salary Range

U05 Job Open Date 03/11/2019 Review Begin Date Job Close Date 03/25/2019 Open Until Filled No Employment Category Hourly Position Term Other (Specify Below) Special Application Instructions Conditions of Employment:
  • This is a temporary (hourly paid), 40 hour week position, not to exceed six (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.
  • This is a non-exempt position, eligible to receive overtime in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act and University Policy.
    This position is subject to overtime during field work operations to include evenings, weekends and holidays as required. Typical work day at sea lasts 16 to 18 hours, beginning just before sunrise and extending after dusk.
  • Ability to lift 60-75lb baskets of fishes repeatedly over a 16 to 18 hour work day on a moving vessel.
  • Ability to pass the VIMS at-sea survival training exercise upon employment.
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 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.

Supplemental Question

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you get motion sickness, such as seasickness from a moving boat?
    • Yes, I get motion sickness
    • No, I do not get motion sickness
    • Sometimes I get motion sickness or I can resist motion sickness
  2. * As a primary contributor to the NEAMAP Survey, is there anything that would prevent you from working multi-week overnight trips, including weekends
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Is there anything that would prevent you from the ability to lift 60 to 75lbs on a moving vessel for long hours (12-18 hours) for multiple days in a row?
    • No
    • Yes
  4. * Do you have experience (more than a field trip) with trawl surveys or working on trawling vessels?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have experience (more than a field trip) with long-line and gill net surveys on various size vessels?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have experience with the identification of marine fauna in the Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Mid-Atlantic?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Do you have experience using data collection software and automated catch data electronics & equipment?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Do you have experience working with finfish in a laboratory setting?
    • Yes
    • No
Supplemental Documents Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Other Doc




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Posted: 3/12/2019
Application Due: 3/25/2019
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