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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.

To apply for this exciting opportunity, please submit your resume and covering letter online at under “Careers”.

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.

General Days/Hours:
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.

Minimum Qualifications:
An earned Doctorate or equivalent terminal degree appropriate for the discipline and professional experience appropriate to the discipline is required.

The link for application can be found here.  Please contact Dr. Tanja McKay, Search Committee Chair with any questions. Application deadline: 03/29/19

Posted: 3/14/2019

National Research Council of Canada - Postdoctoral Fellowship, Marine Genomics

City: Halifax

Organizational Unit: Aquatic and Crop Resource Development

Classification: RO

Tenure: Term

Duration: 2 Years

Language Requirements: English

The NRC Advantage

The National Research Council of Canada represents a powerful partnering option for anyone looking to push the boundaries of science and industry. In fact, as the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development, we have become catalysts for innovation. For over a hundred years, the impact of our work with industry leaders and other government bodies has shaped Canada’s future. We partner with some of the most creative and solutions-driven minds in the world.

And now, we want to partner with you. Be part of our collective force to come up with potentially disruptive solutions to Canada’s current and future technology challenges. Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.

The Program

The NRC’s Postdoctoral Fellowship program offers PDFs access to unique world-class facilities and the opportunity to work alongside multi-disciplinary teams of expert researchers and technicians on projects of critical importance to Canada. PDFs will carry out research on innovative research projects, with opportunities for career development (publications and/or industry interaction).

PDFs will be offered appointments to the staff of the National Research Council on a term basis and will be offered salaries and benefits currently available to Research Officers. Salaries commensurate with experience are taxable and subject to other deductions. As a guide, the current annual PhD recruiting rate is $68,567. In addition PDFs will be allocated a travel fund to support their work.

Project Title

Phytoplankton as bio-sensors for monitoring ocean health

Your Challenge

Due to their ubiquity in aquatic systems, phytoplankton are becoming organisms of choice for developing bio-sensors and models to monitor and predict ocean health and the impact of human activities on the marine environment. Indeed, phytoplankton populations continuously evolve and adapt to their surrounding environment, and can therefore be employed as valuable diagnostic tools if we can better measure, characterize and understand the short- and long-term responses of these microbial communities to environmental stressors, including pollution events.

NRC is seeking a PDF researcher to lead the identification and characterization of phytoplankton species that decline or proliferate in response to petroleum oil exposure and develop DNA-based markers for informative species so that they may be quantified in situ in the ocean environment. Based on the emerging field of environmental DNA (eDNA) and new sequencing technology platforms, various sampling techniques and bio-sensing methodologies will be developed and assessed for the collection of real-time data from the marine environment.

Educational Requirements

PhD in biology, molecular biology, genomics or related field.

Candidates should have obtained a PhD (or equivalent) within the past three years (PhD received on or after July 1, 2016) or expect to complete their PhD within 6 months of appointment.


• Research experience in molecular biology is essential.

• Experience in microbial genomics or the application of environmental DNA analysis is highly desirable.

For more information or to apply, please visit:

Application period closes May 22, 2019

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