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All staff positions listed below are for the Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory (FSUCML) in St. Teresa, FL, located about 45 miles southwest of the main FSU campus in Tallahassee. Unless otherwise stated in the position, employees are expected to work Monday - Friday from 8 AM until 5 PM. All positions are listed on and can be found by searching for location (St. Teresa) or by the Job ID (position) number.  

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Oyster Hatchery Manager (USPS) - CLOSED

To Apply, visit  - Job ID (position) = 45665. Deadline to apply is midnight 12 November 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, 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

Alternate Boat Captain (OPS)

To Apply, visit  - Job ID (position) 45081 This is an open call for an alternate boat captain with no deadline for applying


The Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory seeks a highly motivated and organized individual for a part-time alternate research vessel captain/first mate for the Research Vessel Apalachee. The R/V Apalachee is a 65-ft (80 ton), twin engine research vessel. The position will require abilities for precise vessel maneuvering and extensive daytime and nighttime work, deployment of a variety of oceanographic equipment, and fishing gears. Other duties include assisting the Captain in the vessel maintenance and accommodating research equipment loading, hookup, and deployment.  Most of the vessel operation will take place in coastal & offshore waters from Florida to Louisiana, from shallow water to depths of 300 meters. Cruises typically range from 1-7 days in length, though longer cruises (with port days) are possible.


  • U.S. Coast Guard Near Coastal Master Captain's or near coastal Mates License, 100 Tons or greater, in good standing and meet all US Coast Guard standards for time at sea and drug testing
  • High school diploma/equivalent and at least four years of relevant experience
  • Knowledge of field equipment use and maintenance
  • Proficient in computer applications, including Excel and Word or equivalent software
  • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work independently, be a self-starter, and have strong critical thinking and communication skills.
  • Must be able to work well in a dynamic environment with scientists and students from many different disciplines, including marine biology, fisheries ecology and oceanography.

Last Updated: Friday, November 22, 2019 at 9:29 AM