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Coastal Operations Specialist (Contractual), Morgan State University

NOTE: The duty station for this position is at the MSU Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research Laboratory field station in St. Leonard, Maryland.

“Contractual employee” means a person who under a written agreement provides personal services to the University for remuneration, for a specific period of time and is not employed in a budgeted position. Faculty, students, consultants and independent contractors are excluded from this definition. Contractual employees at Morgan State University shall be eligible for certain benefits to include compensation for eight (8) holidays, six (6) days of annual leave and three (3) days of leave which can be used for either personal reasons or for illness. Benefits for part-time contractual employees shall be earned at a rate of 50% of full-time contractual employees. Contractual employees whose contracts are funded by external sources (e.g., grants) may be eligible for greater benefits.

Brief Summary of Job Duties
Primary job duties consist of providing a range of field and laboratory assistance, including operating vessels, to support: a) a long-running blue crab field survey, b) oyster and softshell clam aquaculture research, c) a coastal carbon monitoring project, and d) a microplastics project.

This position requires:

  • Provide hatchery and field support to Shellfish Aquaculture Program
  • Operate vessel & conduct fieldwork associated with Blue Crab Survey
  • Record and manage scientific data
  • Provide field support to Coastal Carbon Monitoring Program
  • Provide field support to Microplastics Program
  • Maintenance of vessels and field gear
  • Regular communication and interaction with Morgan State University personnel, including with the PEARL Director, Project Leads, and the PEARL Facilities Manager
  • Leading/guiding the field work of PEARL undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty engaged in research and environmental monitoring

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Excellent time and resource allocation in providing operations support for multiple field projects
Excellent judgement in challenging and uncertain conditions, in order to ensure safe operation of vessels (20’ to 25’ in length) with responsibility for crew members while on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

  • Job Type: Staff
  • Application deadline: 12/11/2023
  • Organization: Morgan State University
  • Qualifications: Requested Minimum Qualifications The successful candidate must have a High School Diploma or GED. A valid Driver’s License is also required. Maryland Boater Safety Certificate or ability/willingness to obtain a certificate Experience operating boats/vessels (experience with research vessels a plus) Ability to lift 50 pounds Willingness to work in challenging physical conditions (rain, cold, heat, wind) Physical strength and dexterity to captain vessel while guiding the retrieval of crab pots, oyster cages and other field equipment as necessary Experience with data management Experience with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) Other Preferences for Consideration Other preferences for consideration (but not required) includes: A bachelor’s degree, advanced degree, or specialized training in a relevant scientific discipline Experience operating boats/vessels specifically for work or research purposes U.S. Coast Guard Operator license (also known as 6-pack license) Experience working in a field station or biological research laboratory setting Support/involvement in environmental research involving undergraduate and graduate students and university faculty Knowledge of equipment, systems and features in marine biological research laboratories, including flow-through seawater systems, wet laboratories, and shellfish hatcheries Physical strength and dexterity to captain vessel while guiding research operations. Experience with the collection and management of scientific data Flexibility and adaptability to provide excellent support in the field, in the laboratory, and in the office Ability to diagnose/maintain/repair/operate laboratory and field equipment
  • How to apply: Apply on website:
  • Location: St. Leonard, Maryland
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