Fish Hatchery Manager
Humboldt State University
Fish Hatchery Manager
Review: November 30, 2012
(Job #12-80) Fish Hatchery Manager (Instructional Support Technician III) $4,053—$6,080/month. Appointment will be made at a salary level consistent with experience and education of the selected applicant. This is a full-time, benefited, 12-month permanent position in the College of Natural Resources and Sciences. Anticipating start date is April 15, 2013.
Position Summary: Under the supervision of the Chairman of the Department of Fisheries Biology, the incumbent is responsible for the year-round operation of the Humboldt State University recirculating Fish Hatchery used for instruction and research. The position involves seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day, supervision of the fish rearing/recirculating water system, including supervision of student assistants, academic year instructional support, administrative responsibility and community/professional service.
Duties: Duties for this position are focused on the following broad categories: (a) Routine facility and fish culture activities (35%), (b) instructional and research support (35%), (c) administrative and supervisory responsibilities (20%), and (d) community and professional service (10%). Routine fish culture activities include spawning, incubating, rearing, feeding, and disease treatment of salmonid fishes reared at the hatchery The hatchery manager is responsible for ensuring continuous operation of pumps, filters, and all equipment related to the water system. Instructional support consists of preparation of fish, tanks, and materials for laboratory sessions held at the fish hatchery, and assisting students and faculty with research projects relying on hatchery fish and/or facilities. Administrative and supervisory tasks include developing an appropriate fish rearing program to meet departmental instructional needs; maintaining records of fish reared and released or used in research; training and supervision of student assistants who assist in hatchery operations; preparing Institutional Animal Care and Use (IACUC) protocols for routine hatcheries operations and assisting faculty and students in preparation of IACUC protocols for other hatchery activities using fish. Community service includes coordination of tours and activities for local schools, providing technical advice on trout rearing to pond owners, and coordination of fish stocking with California Department of Fish and Game.
Currently, the hatchery manager typically works two or three weekends during the fall semester to meet instructional support needs; part of four or five weekends during spring semester while eggs are incubating and fry are starting on feed; and rotates with student assistants to provide care on holidays. The hatchery manager may be called upon to direct fish culture or recirculating water system problems 24 hours per day, seven days a week.
Minimum Qualifications: Education & Experience: Equivalent to four years of experience providing support services, including operation and maintenance of mechanical equipment and plumbing, at a fish hatchery or closely related facility. (4 years experience)
Equivalent to two years of college with 16 semester units in courses relevant to operation of fish hatcheries and propagation of fish may be substituted for one year of the required experience. (2 years college 16 relevant units 3 years experience)
Equivalent to four years of college with 16 semester units in courses relevant to operation of fish hatcheries and propagation of fish may be substituted for two years of the required experience. (4 years college 16 highly relevant units 2 years experience)
Knowledge, Abilities & Skills: Knowledge of key considerations in operation of successful hatchery systems used for propagation of freshwater fish. These include calculation of feed rations and loading densities given fish sizes and configurations of rearing units, assessment of water quality and operation of systems to maintain adequate water quality, and knowledge of mechanical equipment (incubators, UV units, pumps, filters) required to operate the systems. Knowledge of basic carpentry & plumbing skills and associated tools. The applicant must possess computer skills. The applicant must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to lift at least 60 pounds.
Ability to successfully interact with faculty and students, including ability to assist faculty and students with development of research projects relying on hatchery facilities and to assist in preparation of technical reports or manuscripts concerning research carried out in the hatchery.
Preferred Qualifications: Advanced degree (MS) in Fisheries Biology, Aquaculture or related field. Experience in execution of scientific research in a hatchery setting and in preparation of associated technical reports. Direct experience in culture and husbandry of salmonid fishes. Knowledge of IACUC protocols. Experience in purchasing, budgeting, and supervision of employees.
Application Procedure: Applicants must submit a letter of interest, an HSU employment application, resume and contact information for at least three professional references to Human Resources, 1 Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521-8299. In addition, at least two (and not more than three) letters of professional reference must be solicited and sent independently to the same address.
Application Deadline: This position is open until filled. First review of applications will begin Friday, November 30, 2012.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Incorrect or improperly completed applications will not be considered for vacancies. Any reference in this announcement to required periods of experience or education is full-time activity. Part-time experience or education--or activities only part of which are qualifying--will receive proportionate credit. In accordance with applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements, preference may be given to the campus applicants covered by these agreements. However, positions are open to all interested applicants, both on and off campus.
Class Code: 1619
Evidence of required degree(s), certification(s), or license(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. The successful candidate for a position at HSU is required to be fingerprinted through the Humboldt State University Police Department or their local law enforcement agency. The results of the fingerprint process must be received by the university prior to the candidate’s appointment. The cost of the fingerprinting is borne by the university.
Publication Date: November 2, 2012
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