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    Summary

    This is a full-time Term position located at the Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery in Charles City, VA.

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    Responsibilities

    As a Biological Science Technician (Fisheries) duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Under the broad supervision of the supervisor, carries out daily activities related to the propagation, rearing, tagging, and stocking of multiple species and life stages of freshwater mussels.
    • Maintains and operates specialized freshwater mussel recirculating and flow-through culture systems that include pumps, valves, filters, chillers, and heaters. Troubleshoots problems that develop in freshwater mussel culture systems and takes corrective actions.
    • Cares for and feeds freshwater mussel brood stock; collects glochidia from gravid female mussels; conducts all aspects of in vivo production of juvenile freshwater mussels using host fish; conducts all aspects of in vitro production of juvenile freshwater mussels; collects transformed juvenile mussels from propagation systems and culture media, enumerates them, and transfers them to juvenile rearing units; rears juvenile mussels in a variety of specialized systems; calculates and adjusts feed levels; prepares mussel specific diet mixtures; samples, sorts, measures, and counts organisms; calculates growth and survival rates.
    • Transfers animals between rearing systems; marks/tags organisms; cleans and sterilizes culture systems and equipment; follows the station's biosecurity protocols and alerts the supervisor of unusual conditions or biological occurrences that could impact the animals on station.
    • Collects water samples, conducts basic water chemistry, and determines algal densities and size distribution.
    • Collects, maintains, and summarizes detailed records of biological, chemical, and physical data.
    • Surveys for, collects, and identifies (to the species level) freshwater mussels and non-game freshwater fishes from the wild and transports them live to the hatchery; transports and stocks animals into the wild.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position to attend training, meeting, or to perform field work.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    None

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