This position is located within the Habitat and Enhancement Section's Shellfish Rehabilitation Program. Primary responsibilities of this position include research vessel operation, cultch planting activities, biological sampling, and data management. This position serve as the captain of the R/V Shell Point while ensuring safety, seaworthiness, and readiness of the vessel. The R/V Shell Point is 50-feet in length with a beam of 20-feet and is powered by twin diesel engines. The R/V Shell Point is used to deploy approximately 150,000 bushels of cultch material annually from February through July using a high-pressure water cannon. In addition to operating the R/V Shell Point, this position is the program lead for the Division's cultch planting program and is responsible for conducting biological sampling for assessing the cultch planting program and natural shellfish population. This position will be responsible for collecting, compiling, submitting, and verifying biological data collected within the program. Workhours include evening and early morning hours, and some overnight travel is required, including overnight stay aboard vessels. Occasional weekend work will be required. This position will operate heavy equipment and dump trucks to achieve program goals and the successful applicant will be required to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver License. This position supervises one employee.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
Applicants who were born after January 1, 1988 must be in compliance with the requirements for boating safety education, General Statute 75A-16.2.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Associate's degree in fisheries management from an appropriately accredited institution and four years of experience in the fisheries industry including experience with vessel operation; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
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