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Shellfish Program Specialist, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

The position, based out of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire field office, includes a mix of field and office work. Responsibilities include year-round sampling of seawater and shellfish tissue from the state’s tidal waters and mudflats, and performing shoreline surveys to identify/evaluate/track land use changes and pollution sources near shellfish harvest areas. The program’s various monitoring programs are designed to manage public health risks associated with bacterial and viral contamination of harvest areas, episodes of harmful algal blooms, and other issues. The Shellfish Program Specialist will work closely with commercial shellfish farmers, recreational shellfish harvesters, municipal public works officials, federal agencies, research organizations, and multiple NH state agencies. The successful candidate will also supervise the program’s seasonal intern.

  • Job Type: Staff
  • Application deadline: 09/08/2023
  • Organization: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
  • Qualifications: Education: Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university with major study in a related environmental science. Each additional year of approved formal education may be substituted for one year of required work experience. Experience: Four years’ experience as an Environmentalist or in a field related to the occupational area in which the vacancy exists, such as limnology, marine biology, resource management, environmental engineering, environmental law, wildlife, botany or biology. License/Certification: Must possess a valid driver's license. Must possess a New Hampshire Department of Safety boater education certificate or obtain within one month of hire. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience with the National Shellfish Sanitation Program: Guide for the Control of Molluscan Shellfish, and knowledge of New Hampshire tidal waters. Proficient with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel and experienced with the DES Environmental Monitoring Database, Microsoft Access, and ArcGIS. Experience in light microscope identification of harmful algal bloom species and taxa common to the Gulf of Maine. Ability to coordinate with stakeholders in the commercial and recreational shellfish industry and between state and federal agencies. Ability to plan, develop or improve aspects of the DES Shellfish Program. Ability to supervise the work of others. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to operate Department boats on tidal waters and perform basic maintenance. Must be able to work outside of the standard workday (early morning, late afternoon/evening, and weekend) as needed on a year-round basis. Must be able to work in an unpleasant outside environment as in the rain, cold temperature, etc. Must be able to carry out work assignments that may include continuous walking over rough, uneven, or wet terrain, as well as occasional strenuous activities such as reaching, bending, lifting, or pulling.
  • How to apply: Apply on website
  • Location: Portsmouth, NH
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