- This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
The Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game works to preserve the state's natural resources and people's right to conservation of those resources, as protected by Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. To carry out this mission, the Department exercises responsibility over the Commonwealth's marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants, and natural communities, as well as the habitats that support them.
The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries serves Massachusetts’ citizens by protecting, restoring, and enhancing fishery resources and their habitats, while providing sustainable fisheries related recreational and commercial opportunities.
- A cover letter and resume expressing your interest in this position must be submitted as part of the application process. These documents must be specifically attached to the requisition for which you are applying.
The Department of Fish and Game, Division of Marine Fisheries seeks applicants for the position of Aquaculture and Vibrio Specialist (Aquatic Biologist III) in the Shellfish program.
The incumbent oversees all activities involved in aquaculture, shellfish propagation, and Vibrio related activities. This encompasses managing the Division’s Shellfish Aquaculture and Propagation Project, involving permitting of aquaculture operations with permit specific conditions. The individual will also oversee and conduct site licensing surveys, monitoring landings, reviewing pathology and health reports and approving the introduction of organisms into Massachusetts coastal waters for the purposes of commercial aquaculture or shellfish propagation, outreach activities with aquaculture industry members, town officials and the general public, technical assistance to coastal town shellfish departments, and other duties as required. In addition, the incumbent functions as the DMF Vibrio Coordinator which includes overseeing DMF activities related to the State’s Vibrio control plan in cooperation with the Department of Public Health. The incumbent works closely with the Program Manager and other senior program biologists in the development of aquaculture, shellfish propagation and vibrio policy and regulations.
DETAILED STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Management of the Division's Aquaculture Project, including:
Issuance of private aquaculture and municipal propagation permits and management on behalf of the Director.
Maintenance and improvement of the Division's aquaculture permitting database.
Conducts or reviews aquaculture landings data analysis using the SAFIS database and prepares reports; contributes to audits preformed by the DMF Statistics Project.
Oversees, designs and reviews aquaculture site surveys and technical survey reports.
Oversees and coordinates DMF environmental reviews related to shellfish aquaculture license certification and other aquaculture and propagation activities.
Work directly with Shellfish Program Manager, South Shore Section Leader and senior program biologists in the development of aquaculture, shellfish propagation policy and regulations.
Knowledgably responds to requests from shellfish growers, municipal officials, state and federal agencies, and the public on all matters relating to aquaculture management and shellfish propagation.
Manages the the Division's aquaculture geospatial database.
Interprets local state and federal laws and regulations related to aquaculture management, shellfish propagation and related permitting.
Assists growers with developing aquaculture operational plans.
Conducts and oversees aquaculture site audits to ensure compliance with state aquaculture regulations, permit conditions and NSSP guidelines; and participates in ajudicatory hearings and other enforcement actions related to non-compliance.
Prepares the Division's Annual Aquaculture Project report.
Manages the DMF Vibrio Control Program in collaboration with the Department of Public Health in close contact with the Shellfish Program Manager and the South Shore Section Leader, and conducts research to inform vibrio controls.
Serves as an agency designee at the federal level (ISSC) on issues related to aquaculture and vibrio and provide oral presentations at meetings to the public, aquaculture industry and fisheries professionals.
Assist other DMF projects conducting monitoring and research as time allows.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED AT HIRE (List knowledges, skills, abilities):
Knowledge of shellfish biology and management.
Knowledge of shellfish aquaculture techniques.
Knowledge of shellfish disease and pathology screening methods.
Knowledge of the National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP).
Knowledge of state statutes and regulations regarding aquaculture and shellfish propagation.
Ability to operate small vessels in coastal waters under difficult conditions.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
The incumbent, as shellfish aquaculture specialist manages the Division's Shellfish Aquaculture Project, including permitting, data management, report writing and industry/public outreach activities; and assists senior staff in aquaculture policy development. Must be willing to work flexible schedule (around the tides) including occasional weekends and evenings. This position is based in New Bedford.
Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator’s Class D license or equivalent license from the state in which you reside.
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must have at least (A) four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, para-professional or technical experience in marine biology or fisheries management work, of which (B) at least two years must have been in a professional capacity and of which (C) at least one year must have been in a supervisory capacity, or (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
I. A Bachelors degree with a major in marine, fisheries or wildlife biology; fisheries or wildlife management; marine science or oceanography may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.*
II. A Graduate degree with a major in marine, fisheries or wildlife biology; fisheries or wildlife management, marine science or oceanography may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.*
- Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Aquatic Biologist III
United States-Massachusetts-New Bedford -706 S R Frch Blvd
Department of Fish And Game
Dec 11, 2019, 9:30:59 AM
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