Asst. Aquaculture Production Manager

The Conservation Fund is seeking an Assistant Aquaculture Production Manager to provide front-line daily fish culture and husbandry care for aquaculture systems and associated facilities at our Freshwater Institute located near Shepherdstown, WV.  This position reports to the Aquaculture Production Manager and will work with a team of operations, science and technical staff to advance contractual and grant funded projects at the cutting edge of water reuse and recirculating aquaculture systems technology.  This full-time salaried position is based on a portfolio of external funding and is conditional on that financial support.

The essential functions of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Support the management of the Institute’s fish and aquaculture systems, including record keeping, safety and biosecurity, certification and compliance monitoring, cleaning and welfare, preventative maintenance and facility modifications.
  • Provide daily fish husbandry and laboratory care including feeding and growth, fish culture and egg rearing, weight sampling, water quality monitoring and preventative maintenance.
  • Organize and clean lab areas, sanitize equipment, create and maintain a bio-secure and safe work environment for colleagues and visitors.
  • Participate in all harvesting, sampling and fish movement events.
  • Assist in entering daily data pertaining to water quality, fish condition and mortality, and a variety of sampling data.
  • Help with inventorying and ordering feed and hatchery supplies in order to keep systems and lab operations running smoothly.
  • Aid in keeping life support systems operational, and is accountable for scheduling personnel to work on a rotating emergency response team that responds to facility wide alarms.
  • Responsible for routinely maintaining tank pad and green house regulatory and permitting compliance equipment such as exclusion pits and effluent drum filters.
  • Provide training to part-time interns on fish husbandry practices, recirculating systems, and data collection as well as assist with administering work to be completed.
  • Assist with visitors and help to lead large tours of the research facility

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree with major coursework in aquaculture, biology, or related environmental science program OR an acceptable associate or technical degree program in aquaculture accompanied by relevant work experience.  A minimum of one year and preferably 2-3 years of full-time fish culture experience is required.  Preference will be given to candidates that have experience with cool- or cold-water species and exposure to high intensity aquaculture systems.  Additional background in support of aquatic research in toxicity, health, nutrition or commercial aquaculture experience is beneficial.  The successful candidate will have strong verbal communication skills, competency in email, word processing and spreadsheet applications, and a commitment to team performance.  

For additional information visit our website at  We offer a generous benefits package including paid sick and vacation, medical/dental insurance and 403(b) plan.  The Conservation Fund is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified/interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter with salary requirement to:


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