Research Assistant – Job ID# 50848

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

The FSUCML is located on the northeastern Gulf of Mexico coast in a relatively undeveloped area of rich biological diversity and social and cultural history, known as the “Forgotten Coast.” The oyster hatchery technician will be based at the FSUCML, one hour from the FSU main campus in Tallahassee.

The MISSION of the FSUCML is to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary research that contributes to solving ecological problems and providing the scientific foundation for informed policy decisions.

The VISION for the FSUCML is to be an internationally recognized center for coastal and marine science, setting the agenda for research and education and remaining a trusted source for scientific advice.

This position will contribute to a long-term research project examining the health and mapping a trajectory for recovery of oyster reefs in the Apalachicola Bay. The hatchery will focus on the production of conditioning and spawning of adult oysters, larval culture and production of spat-on-shell and single sets for restoration and research. Note that this is not for commercial production. This position will assist in the training of hatchery interns. This position will report to the ABSI Hatchery Manager and will be involved in all aspects of shellfish production (specifically the eastern oyster), including but not limited to:

  • Culturing multiple strains of micro-algae for feeding bivalves.
  • Conditioning and spawning of adult bivalves.
  • Rearing bivalve larvae to settlement.
  • Rearing bivalve juveniles.
  • Monitoring environmental conditions and water quality in the hatchery.
  • Organizing the facility, ordering supplies, and keeping production records.
  • Cleaning and maintaining equipment and facilities, such as air and water handling systems, lights, and dataloggers.
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 with basic laboratory equipment.
  • 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.
  • Must have strong interests in shellfish husbandry.


  • Bachelor of Science or Master 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 # 50848
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.

This position is being advertised as open until filled. Application review to begin February 4th.

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 3:53 PM