Job: CEI Aquaculture Manager
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 06:28 AM

The Cape Eleuthera Institute ( requires an Aquaculture and Wet Lab Manager for an immediate start. The position will be based at the Cape Eleuthera Institute research facility in South Eleuthera, The Bahamas. The successful candidate will work with the Director of Research and Director of Facilities to help oversee current aquaculture research activities and manage the daily operations of the wet lab. The candidate will also be expected to connect primary aquaculture research to education and outreach at The Island School (

Position Description:
The Aquaculture and Wet Lab Manager will incorporate sustainable design and technologies, being a mentor/educator and working in a multi-faceted, flexible team oriented environment. In your job you must be willing to stretch beyond a traditional job description as you live and work closely with the local community and The Island School and Deep Creek Middle School programs. Primarily the Aquaculture and Wet Lab Manager will:

• Managing the day-to-day operations of a 5000ft2 solar powered wet lab and all associated support systems, including a flow through seawater system, pumps, filtration systems, air blowers, oxygen generators and freshwater recirculation system.
• Manage the ongoing offshore aquaculture program including; brood stock husbandry, rotifer and artemia culture, larval rearing and fingerling grow out.
• Manage fish growout in an offshore fish cage, including fish husbandry, cage maintenance and harvesting.
• Establish and implement safety protocols for all aspects of the Sustainable Offshore Aquaculture Program and the Wet Lab as a whole.
• Oversee the daily feeding and husbandry for all fish associated with the aquaculture program (e.g., sharknose gobies, cobia, etc).
• Coordinate wet lab tank space with visiting scientists and CEI research programs
• Connect the primary research conducted at Cape Eleuthera Institute with education and outreach by running ongoing scientific investigations with small groups of students from The Island School.
• Hire, manage, mentor and educate a team of wet lab and research interns that help facilitate the daily operations of the wet lab and aquaculture programs, including developing an intern curriculum.
• Collaborate with internal and external research partners on grant writing and manuscript preparation.
• Provide logistical support for visiting scientists that require tank space in the wet lab.
• Assist in the fundraising process for the aquaculture program
• Manage aquaculture research budget and strategic plan

CEI operates year round, typically 5.5 days a week, there will be periods of time (e.g. larval rearing, Island School Research Symposium) outside of normal working hours that require personnel to be on site for extended periods. Staff are given four weeks of paid personal time off every year. A two year commitment is preferred to start with longer term career opportunities. Room, board, medical insurance and retirement package are all included. We are a Bahamian equal opportunity employer.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience:
• Preferred academic qualifications - BS/BSc in a biology related field with three years relevant experience in commercial or research aquaculture, or an MS/MSc with two years experience.
• A broad base of practical experience with installing and maintaining flow through and recirculating aquaculture systems, including all associated support systems (Pumps, Air Blowers, Oxygen Generators, Plumbing, Filtration).
• Minimum 1 year experience of fish grow out in commercial saltwater aquaculture fish cages.
• Proven track record with the larval rearing of fish including the culture of live feed.
• A broad understanding of fish health relating to, bacteria, parasites and water quality parameters.
• Experience of experimental design, scientific process, biological statistics and scientific writing.
• An interest in integrating primary research and education. Prior teaching experience will be an asset.
• Experience preparing research grants.
• Candidates must be comfortable living and working in a remote, sub-tropical, small island community.
• Preference will be give to candidates with dive certifications (PADI dive master or equivalent) however training is available for the right applicant.
• Ability to captain up to 13M (40’) vessels.

If interested, please submit a resume, cover letter, and a writing sample that addresses the following question: How can small-scale aquaculture and research be useful to small island nation such as The Bahamas?

Submit all of these materials in PDF format detailing your interest and experience. Please send to: [email protected] .

We will be collecting applications until the position is filled.

Job: Director, Appalachian Laboratory
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 06:22 AM

 The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) seeks a dynamic leader to serve as Director of the Appalachian Laboratory (AL) at the Associate or Full Professor level.

Located in Frostburg, Maryland, AL is one of four UMCES laboratories, and is dedicated to advancing research in terrestrial and freshwater systems. With a focus on interdisciplinary research across the mountains-to-the-sea continuum, UMCES advances science and science education to transform the way society understands and manages the environment. The Director is expected to maintain a vigorous, extramurally funded research program; provide leadership of the laboratory’s academic and research activities; and effectively execute administrative responsibilities, including oversight of personnel, physical and fiscal resources.

The ideal candidate for this position is an outstanding and experienced interdisciplinary researcher with demonstrated abilities to integrate research across scientific fields, including, for example: (1) interactions between human and natural systems across large spatial and temporal scales; (2) application of a genes-to-ecosystems perspective, addressing influences of genetic variation on population, community, and ecosystem processes and resilience to global change; and (3) interactions and feedbacks between terrestrial and coastal ecosystems. The successful candidate will exhibit potential for strong scientific leadership and must be prepared to lead the development, communication, and implementation of goals and strategic plans to advance AL’s mission.

Excellent facilities for research, computing, and teaching are available at AL, including plant, soil, water, and molecular analysis laboratories with state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation, a new stable isotope facility, growth chambers, and a greenhouse. AL is located adjacent to Frostburg State University, and situated in the mountains of western Maryland within 2.5 hours from Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Pittsburgh.

Applicants should send an electronic copy of a curriculum vita; statement of research and leadership interests; selected reprints; and names and contact information of three references to [email protected]  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Information about AL and UMCES and this search can be found at: UMCES is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer; women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.


For inquiries, please contact:

Dr. William C. Dennison
Vice President for Science Applications
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Cambridge, MD 21613

(410) 221-2004 [email protected]
AIBS 2011 Council Meeting Summary
Sunday, September 02, 2012 07:00 PM

OBFS is an important AIBS member organization.  OBFS Council Representation Eric Nagy attends these meetings to represent OBFS interests.   

Audio and video material from the meeting are posted on the AIBS web site.

2011 Council Report:

Job: Environmental Manager, Grinnell College
Thursday, August 30, 2012 07:19 PM

Grinnell College seeks a full-time Manager for the Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA), a 365 acre teaching and research facility located ten miles from the campus. Native woodland, savanna, restored and
remnant prairie, and wetland habitats occupy the landscape, and facilities include CERA’s Environmental
Education Center, the first building in Iowa to receive Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program.

Responsibilities: The Manager position serves two programs. The Manager assists the college’s Center for
Prairie Studies in accomplishing its mission by planning and implementing campus and outreach programs,
events, and special projects, primarily but not exclusively at CERA. The Manager assists the Biology Department
in planning all restoration activities at CERA in consultation with the CERA Director and advisory committee,
including prescribed burning, tree thinning, and invasive species control.
Other work includes applying and monitoring experimental treatments, assisting students with research projects,
developing and maintaining a comprehensive website, archiving data sets, researching and purchasing
equipment and supplies, hiring and supervising student employees, and organizing field trips and work days for

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field and experience managing natural areas are required.
A Master’s degree and experience in environmental education, public programming, and/or citizen science are

Please submit applications online by visiting our application website at Candidates
will need to upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts and three references with their contact
information. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled. Questions about this position
should be directed to Human Resources at [[email protected]] or 641-269-4818.

Grinnell College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to attracting and retaining highly
qualified individuals who collectively reflect the diversity of the nation. No applicant shall be discriminated against
on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression,
marital status, veteran status, religion, creed, or disability.

U of M Video promotes summer programs
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 12:37 PM

Knute Nadelhoffer thought other members might enjoy seeing their promotional video for summer programs and research.

Questions? Contact:

Alicia Farmer, Communications Coordinator
University of Michigan Biological Station

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