Research Assistant – Job ID# 53946- Application Period Closed

The Apalachicola Bay System Initiative (ABSI) at the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory (FSUCML) seeks a shellfish hatchery technician.

The FSUCML is located on the northeastern Gulf of Mexico coast in a relatively undeveloped area of rich biological diversity. The hatchery technician will be based at the FSUCML (, one hour south of the FSU main campus in Tallahassee.


This position is funded through the Apalachicola Bay System Initiative grant ( A significant component of the project is our shellfish hatchery, which will contribute to the recovery of eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) populations in Apalachicola Bay through the production and effective deployment of juveniles (spat) on depleted and restored oyster reefs. This is not a commercial production facility but research conducted at the hatchery complements the needs of the local aquaculture industry. The position reports to the hatchery manager and will assist in all aspects of hatchery operations, including but not limited to:

  • Culturing of multiple strains of micro-algae for feeding bivalves.
  • Conditioning and spawning of adult bivalves.
  • Rearing bivalve larvae to settlement onto natural shell or other substrates.
  • Rearing bivalve juveniles for restoration and research.
  • Monitoring environmental conditions and water quality in the hatchery.
  • Keeping detailed records of algal and animal production and assisting with updating standard operating procedures.  
  • Cleaning and maintaining equipment and facilities
  • Assisting with training of summer interns
  • Occasional public outreach events


High school diploma/equivalency and two years of experience; or a high school diploma/equivalent and experience equal to two years. (Note: post-high school education may substitute for experience at the equivalent rate.)

  • Experience in bivalve aquaculture
  • Experience with basic laboratory equipment
  • Basic understanding of water management systems.
  • Strong organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to meet the physical requirements of this position, which include repeated bending, lifting up to 50 lbs, climbing, working outside, and working in hot and cold environments.
  • Flexibility to work weekends and holidays, as needed.
  • Working knowledge of computer software including Microsoft Office.
  • Valid Florida or Georgia driver's license or the ability to obtain.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in relevant area.
  • Experience with micro-algal culture for feeding marine organisms.
  • Experience in husbandry of marine organisms, particularly bivalves.
  • Understanding of bivalve culture from spawning adults to juvenile settlement.
  • Experience with data management and record-keeping.


Pay Plan

This is an USPS (University Support Personnel System) position.

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How to Apply – Job ID #53946

If qualified and interested, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.

 Application review to begin January 17, 2023.


Last Updated: Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 5:25 PM