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Aquaculture System Specialist

UMaine Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research Franklin, ME

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Description

The University of Maine is seeking to fill the position of Aquaculture System Specialist, to be based at the Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research, located in Franklin, ME.  The work schedule is Thursday through Monday, 8AM – 4:30PM. The position ensures operational integrity of aquaculture research and development facilities and aquatic animal life support systems by verifying equipment function and facilities checks; responding to and correcting equipment and systems failures; fabricating, installing, maintaining, and repairing aquaculture equipment and facilities; performing animal husbandry and related activities to ensure the health and welfare of aquatic organisms; and providing weekend, holiday, and emergency response coverage.

To ensure operational integrity of aquaculture research and development facilities and aquatic animal life support systems by verifying equipment function and facilities checks; responding to and correcting equipment and systems failures; fabricating, installing, maintaining, and repairing aquaculture equipment and facilities; performing animal husbandry and related activities to ensure the health and welfare of aquatic organisms; and providing weekend, holiday, and emergency response coverage. Typical hiring range for this position is $38,701 - $48,000.

Complete Job Description

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Inspect, troubleshoot, and repair/replace facility and aquaculture life support equipment, which could include mechanical, plumbing, and electrical components.
  • Perform preventative maintenance on facility and aquaculture systems equipment.
  • Perform non-routine duties that requires independent work and judgement.
  • Ensure health & welfare of aquatic animals through daily husbandry, including feeding, environmental checks, health assessment, removal of moribund or dead animals, and cleaning of tanks and equipment.
  • Respond quickly and effectively to equipment malfunction and other emergency events.
  • Configure facility and aquaculture systems equipment.
  • Assemble PVC pipe and fittings and connect pipework to tanks and equipment.
  • Verify daily equipment function and checklists for several buildings on 5-acre campus.
  • Maintain equipment check logs and operational records.
  • Lift, carry, or move bags of feed or equipment such as pumps or filters weighing 50-75 lbs.
  • Provide weekend, holiday, and emergency coverage.
  • Consult with and assist industry and research partners with aquaculture systems & equipment operation, maintenance, and repair/replacement
  • Communicate frequently and effectively in person or over the phone with supervisors and co-workers to inform them of equipment status and condition of aquatic organisms and offer recommendations.
  • Perform other reasonably related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • High School diploma or equivalent (G.E.D.) AND three years related experience in mechanical trades or aquaculture systems.
  • Must be able spend workday on foot walking around campus.
  • Must be able to climb stairs and platforms, and work in narrow spaces under sometimes-adverse environmental conditions.
  • Must be able to frequently lift 30 lbs and occasionally lift or move 50 lbs.

Preferred:

  • At least one year experience in marine trades.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in mechanical trades, which could include plumbing, mechanical repair, HVAC, carpentry, or electrical.
  • Basic working knowledge of aquaculture and/or fish husbandry.
  • Experience performing similar duties at an aquaculture lease site or R&D facility is desirable.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work alone and without direct on-site supervision.

About the University:

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,900 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is a land, sea and space grant university, and maintains a leadership role as the University of Maine System's flagship institution. UMaine is the state's public research university and a Carnegie R1 top-tier research institution, dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research and service for Maine, the nation and the world. More information about UMaine is at umaine.edu

The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.

UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here.

Employees in the University of Maine System are required to comply with UMS COVID protocols which currently include, but are not limited to, being vaccinated, obtaining a qualified vaccination exemption, and/or participating in regular COVID testing. Further information can be found here.

Other Information:

Materials must be submitted via the online portal. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:

1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) contact information for three professional references

You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

Search Timeline is as follows:
Review of applications to begin: October 11, 2022 
Interviews to begin no earlier than: October 18, 2022
Tentative start date: November 7, 2022 

For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Steve Eddy at [email protected]

Post-offer physical and appropriate background checks are required.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA institution and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 Boudreau Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

Length: Fiscal Year (12 Months)

Required Documents: Cover Letter, References, Resume/CV