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Application Window

Open date: August 24th, 2021

Last review date: Wednesday, Sep 8, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Oct 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description


The position is 100% (full-time) and is located at UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory in Bodega Bay, CA. This position will have laboratory duties under the supervision of Assistant Project Scientist Dr. Aquilino, director of the White Abalone Captive Breeding Program. The white abalone is an ESA-listed endangered species, which was overfished in the 20th century and is now on the brink of extinction. Outplanting of captively bred animals is the essential method of saving the species. The goal of this position is to contribute to the successful captive rearing of endangered white abalone as part of recovery efforts for the species.



• Care for the captive population of endangered white abalone held at Bodega Marine Laboratory, including feeding animals, cleaning animal holding areas and related seawater systems, changing filters, and maintaining pumps, temperature systems, UV units, LED lighting, and time clocks.

• Acquire food for captive white abalone held at Bodega Marine Laboratory, including field collection of wild kelp and other seaweeds, maintenance of a dulse culture, and travel to Monterey and other areas in California to acquire harvested kelp.

• Assist with general laboratory operations: Ordering supplies, lab organization, maintaining equipment, maintaining state and federal permits, and maintaining a safe and well-organized laboratory environment. Preparing supplies for animal assessments and spawning events, acquiring and managing samples, working with fellow animal care staff and volunteers and develop schedules for animal care and life support systems maintenance. Assisting with laboratory safety information and training.

• Assist in maintaining ongoing laboratory experiments.

• Assist in the coordination of spawning attempts and animal transfers among Bodega Marine Laboratory and partner facilities.

• Enter, organize, analyze, and interpret data. Opportunities for independence and leadership in research projects. Writing and presenting on research for public and scientific audiences.

• Actively support ongoing research activities for students, postdoctoral scholars, and staff. This will include, but may not be limited to, review and editing of proposals, presentation of results at scientific conferences, and providing feedback on manuscripts in preparation related to their area of expertise.


• Participate in and contribute to the development of an inclusive and accessible working environment for our research program.

• Engage with the academic community at Bodega Marine Laboratory through participation in lab-wide meetings and research seminars. Participate in appropriate professional societies, including presentations at professional meetings.

III. University and Public Service (5% EFFORT)

• Participate in the mentorship of undergraduates, interns, and volunteers in the laboratory.

• Serve on local departmental or institute committees based upon the Jr. Specialist’s areas of interest.

• Participate in educational activities oriented to the public at the Bodega Marine Laboratory and on campus, as well as presentations to regulatory agency staff as requested.


• Move and maneuver equipment weighing up to 20 pounds
• Climb ladders
• Bend, stoop, and work in tight, confined areas
• Work occasional evenings/nights/weekends/holidays, including overtime and/or on short notice to meet operational needs


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    • B.S. in Marine Science, Ecology, Aquaculture, or a related discipline.
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Strong organizational skills
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Preferred qualifications

    • Experience with animal care and/or marine aquaculture
    • Experience with various software programs for data management, image analysis, and reporting (i.e., Excel, graphing procedures, statistical analysis, ImageJ, PowerPoint, R).
    • Experience managing large amounts of data
    • Careful laboratory skills
    • Experience in or on the water – on small boats and/or with freediving or SCUBA

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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