Freshwater Mussel Survey Technician: Oklahoma
Stillwater, Oklahoma

Job Category: Temporary/Seasonal positions

Salary: $15/hour - 40 hours/week

Start Date: 05/20/24- 08/16/24(negotiable)

Last Date to Apply: 03/31/24

The OK Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit at Oklahoma State University is hiring two (2) freshwater mussel field techs to conduct work surveying for freshwater mussels in the Caney River. This project is funded by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Field techs will assist with freshwater mussel surveys and the collection of habitat data. This position will be based out of Stillwater, OK and does not include housing. However, qualified applicants living near study sites in northeastern Oklahoma will be considered. Camping is required throughout the summer when mussel surveys occur. Hours will not exceed more than 40 hours per week. Weekly work schedules could vary depending on weather and river conditions.

Experience working with mussels is not required for this position but is preferred. Applicants must have a strong work ethic, positive attitude, work well with others, and be able to work outdoors in inclement weather. Prior experience working in the field and conducting biological surveys is highly desired.

• Must have a valid driver’s license
• Must be in good physical condition and able to canoe and swim/snorkel
• Must be comfortable operating on a flexible schedule that may change on short notice
• Must perform fieldwork in adverse field conditions (heat, insects, rain)
• University student or recent graduate in biological sciences or related fields.

Applicants should email a cover letter, resume and the contact information of three references under a single PDF file to Hunter Torolski at hunter.torolski@okstate.edu with “Freshwater Mussel Field Technician” in the subject line.
The deadline for applications is March 31st and the review process will begin immediately.
Please note your availability when applying.
Contact Person Hunter Torolski: Hunter.torolski@okstate.edu

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Malacologist/Aquatic Ecology Project Manager
Environmental Solutions & Innovations, Inc.

• Design and lead aquatic field surveys for mussels, fish, crayfish, and/or other macroinvertebrates. Requisite capabilities include species identification, data collection, specimen preservation, and management and supervision of the onsite field staff.
• Produce technical survey reports in accordance with current scientific writing standards, regulatory agency requirements and/or function as a technical reviewer for aquatic ecology reports prepared by other ecology staff.
• Contribute to aquatic ecology sections of complex, multidisciplinary environmental documentation efforts, including Biological Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements and Management Plans.
• Participate in management, maintenance, and calibration of aquatic field equipment (e.g., boats, scuba, and sample meters, etc.).
• Manage all aspects related to aquatic ecology for small to medium sized projects, including personnel resourcing, field efforts, document production and client and agency coordination.
• Actively engage in marketing activities, including client communication, preparation of technical proposals containing scope, timelines and cost estimates.
• Participate in technical, industry, and/or other professional conferences.
• Mentoring, including leading discrete sections of periodic ESI-internal education seminars to foster growth and development of junior biologists.
• Actively participate in terrestrial or other non-aquatic work during periods of diminished workload.

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Lead Mussel Biologist.

Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma

Position Purpose:

The Lead Mussel Biologist is responsible for developing and administering the Peoria Tribe’s Endangered Species and Freshwater Mussel Program. Additional duties may include grant writing, field team management, outreach and education of Tribal youth, as well as cross-training and participation in other Natural Resource departments.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Identify, collect, and propagate native freshwater mussels.
• Build and maintain freshwater aquaculture systems.
• Act as team lead for mussel surveys, fish surveys, and habitat assessments.
• Coordinate with Tribal leaders, Tribal Citizens, USFWS, State and other entities for wildlife research, restoration, and augmentation projects.
• Assist in research programs including toxicology, phycology, and environmental assessments.
• Manage and interpret large sets of data and use analytical techniques to interpret the results.
• Draft progress reports, and report on the completion of activities.
• Present laboratory updates to the public.
• Develop and administer outreach and education programs for Tribal Citizens and Local Youth.
• Use ArcGIS and GPS to assess field sites.
• Lead and participate in discussions with Tribal Citizens and members of the community to identify, prioritize, and document community concerns.

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Freshwater Mussel Biologist.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Milton, Florida.
Temporary position with a salary of $18.50 an hour.
Closes 2/16/2024

We are seeking a motivated individual to join the FWC Freshwater Invertebrate Conservation Group’s Freshwater Mussel Research Program.

The knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) needed to perform job duties are:
• Knowledge of field methods used to sample freshwater mussels and other freshwater invertebrates.
• Knowledge of current issues and literature in aquatic invertebrate ecology.
• Ability to identify freshwater mussels to species level and curate collections.
• Strong ability to swim in outdoor settings. Ability to skin dive using mask, snorkel, and weight belt.
• Ability or desire to obtain AAUS SCUBA diving certification.
• Ability to work long hours in sometimes unpleasant field conditions that may include rain, high winds, rough water, heat, cold, low visibility, biting insects, snakes, and alligators.
• Ability to frequently conduct overnight travel for up to four consecutive nights, sometimes for successive weeks. Ability to communicate effectively with co-workers in a team environment.
• Ability to work independently. Ability to record data accurately.
• Knowledge of operation, trailering, and basic maintenance of boats.
• Ability to operate electronic instruments, including YSI multiparameter meters, flow meters, and GPS units.
• Ability to operate a computer with Windows operating system.
• Ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, knowledge of Access is desired but not required.
• Ability to manage Excel databases and data entry. Working knowledge of basic R and ArcGIS operations is highly desired but not a requirement.
• Ability to complete assigned tasks on, or before, deadlines.
• Ability to communicate study results effectively in written reports, peer-reviewed scientific publications, and oral presentations.
• Ability to conduct administrative functions associated with project management, including purchasing and detailed record keeping.

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