The Cape Eleuthera Institute is seeking a system manager for the aquaponics program.
The Cape Eleuthera Institute (www.ceibahamas.org) requires an Aquaculture and Wet Lab Manager for an immediate start. The position will be based at the Cape Eleuthera Institute research facility in south Eleuthera, The Bahamas. The successful candidate will work with the Director of Research and Director of Facilities to help oversee current aquaculture research activities and manage the daily operations of the wet lab. The candidate will also be expected to connect primary aquaculture research to education and outreach at The Island School (www.islandschool.org).
Position Description: Aquaculture and Wet Lab Manager
Primary responsibilities involve a scientific focus on maintaining all organisms in the lab including tilapia, lettuce beds, annual vegetables, duckweed, and more. This includes feeding, cleaning of tanks, exchanging water in tanks, testing water parameters, troubleshooting, checking tank water flows, recalibrating equipment, collecting data, collecting fry, breeding tilapia, seeding plants, watering seedlings, planting, establishing new systems and repairing old systems, and other responsibilities as necessary. Responsibilities will also including supporting the research class at The Island School and supporting educational short courses at CEI by teaching lessons, supervising field work, grading work, developing lessons, writing lesson plans, and assisting students outside of class time. There may be additional opportunities to get involved with other aspects of the permaculture program, other scientists at CEI, and their research projects.
The system manager will be involved in discussions regarding future directions of the aquaculture project and innovation of current protocols. This role allows the systems manager to improve their teaching skills, as well as to learn about aquaculture processes, fisheries management, culture of fish and micro-organisms, hydroponics, alternative agriculture methods, and barriers to sustainable food production. In addition, the systems manager will learn about experimental design, scientific method, and data analysis, as well as improve their communication skills through the planning, design, and implementation of scientific experiments related to aquaponics.
In addition the system manager will be responsible for developing relationships with community members and potential partners through establishing, participating in, and running various community outreach initiatives including, but not limited to; farmers market, community presentations, tours of the system, developing marketing material, attending conferences and expos, and others.
Secondary responsibilities involve assisting with other research projects at CEI, which may include, but are not limited to: flats ecology, sharks, aquaponics, patch reef ecology, sustainable energy production and lionfish. This position requires five and a half day work week beginning at 7:00am and ending at 4:30pm including a half hour breakfast and a half hour lunch break. Research Interns should expect their work schedule to be flexible based on research needs.
January 4 , 2013 to June 30, 2013 with the possibility to resign for a full year based on performance.
Minumum Qualifications and Experience:
Ideal applicant will possess an Associates, B.S. or masters degree in marine biology, environmental science, fish management or related discipline. Candidate will also have an interest in conservation and living on a small remote island with a close knit community on a sustainable campus. A background in teaching and supervising students in an environmental setting is preferred.
- Knowledge of fish husbandry and larval rearing.
- Demonstrated experience in wet lab operations
- Ability to work independently
- Applicant should be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Working knowledge of plant growth, reproduction, and propagation
Applicants should submit a letter of interest as well as current CV or resume and be prepared to send both professional and academic recommendations if requested. Our internship positions are an incredible way to gain a familiarity with what is required to make a community function and develop appropriately in a coastal, tropical environment. Eleuthera is a large island with lots of space to explore; recreational activities include swimming, diving, snorkeling, fishing and much more.