Aquatic Ecology Technician 3
Parks & Environmental Services - Environmental Protection, CRD, Victoria, BC, Canada
The Aquatic Ecology Technician 3 is responsible for the overall operation of the Aquatic Ecology Section. This position provides aquatic phytoplankton, cyanotoxin, zooplankton, periphyton, invertebrate and vertebrate analysis and interprets, summarizes and reports on short and long-term data trends for water bodies under CRD jurisdiction. The position also assists with the technical direction of the Aquatic Ecology Monitoring Program.
Duties & Responsibilities
• Provides identification of species in biological samples (phytoplankton, zooplankton, periphyton, aquatic invertebrates and vertebrates).
• Conducts cyanotoxin testing on raw and treated water samples.
• Prepares biological samples for analysis using a variety of techniques.
• Quantitatively, qualitatively or semi-quantitatively analyses samples using a variety of equipment and procedures.
• Examines samples microscopically; maintains a photo-micrographic record of samples analysed.
• Interprets and reports on short/long-term biological data trends.
• Liaises with aquatic ecology scientific community for review of techniques, accuracy of species identifications, data reporting methods and data interpretation.
• Analyzes customer complaint samples using a variety of techniques.
• Assists in development of sampling and analytical procedures as well as monitoring strategies for phytoplankton, cyanotoxins, zooplankton, periphyton and invertebrates.
• Reviews and develops Standard Operating Procedures.
• Makes recommendations on laboratory analysis projects; contributes to projects as required.
• Implements, documents and executes quality assurance/quality control plans and procedures.
• Maintains laboratory equipment in good working condition.
• Maintains laboratory budget; provides input into the laboratory budget.
• Provides training to aquatic ecology laboratory staff in biological species identification and relevant analytical and other laboratory procedures.
• Creates and maintains laboratory files within the Records Classification System.
• Participates in quality assurance activities, including internal/external audits and proficiency testing
• Completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with specific courses in freshwater phycology, invertebrate zoology and limnology.
• Minimum 5 years’ related experience in freshwater phycological taxonomy.
• Excellent communication (verbal and written), interpersonal and customer service skills.
• Experience with freshwater phytoplankton, zooplankton, periphyton and aquatic invertebrate/vertebrate species identification (taxonomy).
• Experience in developing and managing a quality assurance and quality control laboratory program.
• Experience with standard methods for analyses of phytoplankton, zooplankton and periphyton populations.
• Knowledge of sampling and data handling techniques.
• Proficiency with software programs including word processors, spreadsheets, library catalogue systems, specialized software programs, and laboratory information systems.
• Experience working with quality systems in a laboratory setting.
• Experience with use of digital camera and imaging software.
• Experience with conducting scientific literature reviews.
• Biological and technical project management skills.
• Experience with use of water quality information system for production of data reports, maintenance of support file tables and entry of biological data.
• Experience with a variety of microscopy techniques and photo-micrographic skills.
• Experience as chief phycologist or equivalent"and in conducting aquatic ecological laboratory analyses without direct supervision.
• Experience with use of a Records Classification System.
• Excellent problem solving, troubleshooting and decision making skills.
• Knowledge of WHMIS as it pertains to an analytical laboratory setting.
Posted: Jan 04, 2019
Assistant Professor, Environmental Science
Department of Biological Sciences, Arkansas State University-Jonesboro, Jonesboro, AR
The Department of Biological Sciences at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro is seeking applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position in environmental science at the Assistant Professor level, commencing in the Fall of 2019.
Duties & Responsibilities:
· Contribute to the teaching, research, and service of the department, which currently has approx. 500 undergraduate majors and 50 graduate students.
· Involvement with the Environmental Sciences graduate program (MS and PhD) is expected.
· Will develop an independent and externally funded research program that should include freshwater ecology (can include both freshwater and marine environments) and should include both basic and applied questions (e.g., pollution of waterways, impacts of climate change, and/or impacts of land-use changes).
· Existing undergraduate courses for which the candidate may participate include: Environmental Biology, Environmental Toxicology, and Ecology.
· Graduate courses may include: Ecosystem Management, Environmental Systems Analysis, and/or Aquatic Biology. Other courses may be developed in the candidate’s area of expertise and based on needs in the department.
· Faculty workload includes teaching, research, creative activity, service, and professional development in the best interest of the faculty, students, and community at large.
· All faculty members are expected to assume student academic advisement responsibilities in addition to their regular teaching loads.
Demonstrated research contributions in aquatic ecology, including applied ecology involving pollution of waterways, impacts of climate change, and/or impacts of land-use changes. Skilled teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in areas of environmental biology, toxicology, ecology, and data analysis is also of interest.
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Additional hours as requested and/or needed
Regular and reliable attendance
In addition to the successful candidate’s independent research program, several avenues for collaborative research at Arkansas State University are available with faculty in the department of Biological Sciences, the Arkansas Biosciences Institute, the Ecotoxicology Research Facility, and the Arkansas Center for Biodiversity Collections.
An earned Doctorate or equivalent terminal degree appropriate for the discipline and professional experience appropriate to the discipline is required.
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