Marine Resources Commission
Fish Ageing Lab
Part-time Laboratory Technician

Duties and Responsibilities: Seeking part-time technicians who will work in the ageing lab both independently and in team environment to process fish and collect data such as weight, length, sex, maturity of fish, and collect and process hard-part samples from fish such as otoliths, scales, spines, and opercula. The technicians will also assist in organizing samples, maintaining equipment, and entering data. Lab technicians may participate in fieldwork with other Marine Resources Fisheries staff to collect and process fish samples on occasion.

Qualifications: Students with knowledge of fish species, majors in Marine Science, Biology, or Oceanography and experience dissecting animal specimens are ideal. The preferred candidates must be able to interpret and follow protocols for safe data collection and sample processing ensure high quality ageing data. Lab technicians must be able to lift up to 20lbs individually and team lift up to 75lbs.

Location and Hours: We are located at 380 Fenwick Road, Bldg. 96, on Fort Monroe in Hampton, VA 23651. The lab technicians should be able to work 15 - 20 hours per regular workweek (M - F), during the hours of 8a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Based on agency need, hours may be flexible.

*Position is hourly through a Temporary Service agency at $12 - $13 per hour.

Those interested may contact Linda Hancock, Director of Human Resources at 757-247-8052.


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MRIP (Marine Recreational Information Program)
Seasonal Data Field Technician

Duties and Responsibilities: The incumbent will conduct the field portion of the MRIP. This program requires face-to-face interviews with marine recreational anglers. Field staff will travel to assigned sites to interview anglers about their fishing experiences, collect a variety of information, and weigh, measure, and identify fish by species name that the anglers have caught. Assigned sites can include beaches, banks, piers, docks/jetties, and access points for private charter and head boats, including marinas, boat ramps and other points of entry to marine waters. Field staff is responsible for entering collected data into a Samsung Tablet onsite while conducting the field interview. The seasonal staff will work through a temp agency.

Qualifications: Must have a valid Virginia driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle; be willing to travel a reasonable distance to reach assigned sites; be available on weekends and weekdays, with additional availability during some evenings and nights. Individuals should be comfortable approaching and speaking with strangers; handling, measuring, and weighing fish; and working outside for extended periods of time in variable weather conditions. Must have a basic knowledge of the Virginia species of fish and be able to visually recognize the species for recording. Must have meticulous attention to detail and be proficient in data entry and submitting data in a timely fashion. Must have proven communication and interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and follow prescribed procedures. Must be computer savvy and be able to scan and send data from home.

Knowledge of fish species with experience in the area of recreational angling and familiarity of marine waterways in their local area is preferred.

Location and Hours: The seasonal data technicians are required to work a minimum of three (3) 6 hour shifts a week; must have flexible availability, and be able to work any and all of the following shifts: 2am — 8am; 8am -2pm; 2pm — 8pm; 8pm — 2am; regular weekend work will be required and seasonal staff may be required to work at least 12 hours each weekend.

Those interested may contact Linda Hancock at 757-247-8052.


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