Deep Bay Marine Field Station
The shellfish hatchery worker will work in VIU's Deep Bay algae production and hatchery facility in the production of Pacific Oyster seed.
Algae Culture The shellfish hatchery worker will assist the algologist in the production of a variety of algal strains. They will produce nutrients for micro-
algae, conduct standard bacteriological analysis, produce micro-algae (upscaling culture volumes, using continuous flow systems and a BioReactor), count algal densities and adjust feed rates, clean filter banks, clean glass wear, sterilize equipment, and monitor water quality.
Hatchery The shellfish hatchery worker will assist in the conditioning of brood stock, use sterile technique in preparation for spawning, assist with the spawning of pacific oysters, conduct standard larval husbandry techniques for pacific oysters, assist in the setting of oysters, grading and counting of oyster seed, cleaning filter banks, water quality monitoring.
Sub-Tidal Lease Assist in the grading and cleaning of oysters and the transfer of stock to the beach lease and rafts.
Animal Care Assist in plumbing tanks and aquaria, feed animal species under care in Deep Bay aquariums, clean aquariums and displays, clean filters, and prepare feed.
Administrative The shellfish hatchery worker will assist in the supervision of students and volunteers as required, assist in the collection of research data, and maintain a safe and respectful working environment.
In addition, Deep Bay is open to the public and the shellfish hatchery worker will need to be comfortable interpreting their activities to the public, answering questions, and providing a positive learning experience for all visitors.
Candidate must be able to work weekends and may be required to attend the facility on call out at night to deal with unexpected occurrences or equipment failures.
Required Qualifications :