Oyster Hatchery Manager (USPS)

To Apply, visit jobs.fsu.edu  – Job ID (position) = 45665. Deadline to apply is midnight 18 October 2019

Job description – The successful candidate for the Oyster Hatchery Manager position will be involved in the establishment and management of a small-scale research hatchery for conditioning, spawning, larval maintenance and setting of the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica). The hatchery will support research objectives of the Apalachicola Bay System Initiative (ABSI, https://marinelab.fsu.edu/the-apalachicola-bay-system-initiative/) and related research in the region conducted at the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory. Salary: commensurate with experience. This position requires a criminal history background check and a confidentiality statement.

Duties – Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist with hatchery set-up and initiate operations to produce oyster larvae and juveniles
  • Set up and maintain cultures of multiple species of marine micro-algae for feeding oysters
  • Refine protocols for conditioning adult oysters for repeated spawning events
  • Spawn oysters, successfully fertilize gametes and maintain batches of oyster larvae to settlement
  • Set juveniles on a range of substrate types for restoration experiments.
  • Ensure hatchery facilities are clean, organized, and well-maintained
  • Maintain detailed data of all feed formulas and biological production so that reasons for successes or failures can be determined
  • Maintain detailed records of all hatchery-related purchases and maintenance orders
  • Supervise a full-time assistant (hatchery technician) in hatchery operations
  • Train interns from the local area in hatchery skills to increase workforce capacity in the local area
  • Oversees safety in the hatchery environment and is expected to respond to system alarms

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Fundamental understanding of recirculating and flow-through systems, algal culture and hatchery production (on a research enterprise, non-commercial scale)
  • Ability to keep clear and accurate records of equipment maintenance, hatchery consumables and production levels.
  • Superior time management and problem-solving skills
  • Must be able to work in a physically challenging environment and lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong work ethic, flexibility and professional manners

Education- Bachelor’s degree or a combination of post high school education and experience equal to four years.


  • Experience working with students and interns
  • Bachelor’s degree in a biological science + 2 years experience working in a shellfish hatchery OR 4+ years working in a shellfish hatchery/production facility