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Junior Specialist-Fish Conservation and Culture Laboratory

Application Window

Open date: January 5th, 2022

Most recent review date: Friday, Apr 29, 2022 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: Monday, Dec 5, 2022 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 FCCL is an off-campus fish culture and research facility mainly focusing on two federal and state listed fish species, delta smelt and longfin smelt. One of the most important tasks is to maintain a genetically managed refuge population of delta smelt, which represents a safeguard against species extinction in the wild. The FCCL also supplies a certain amount of fish each year to research groups with various topics and provides necessary husbandry consultation and support. The junior specialist rank is an entry level position requiring a BA/BS degree in in aquaculture, fisheries, ecology, agricultural engineering, animal sciences, or related fields must be acquired by start date, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor’s degrees and three years’ relevant work experience. (See APM-UCD 330).

We’re seeking a 100% appointment Junior Specialist I to assist in 1) a hybridization study, 2) salinity on the maturation, and 3) propagation of delta smelt for experimental supplementation.
The incumbent will be involved in various research related activities, which include, but not limited to: assisting with fish marking, spawning, aquaculture system building, communication, sample delivering, data collection, report preparation, and assisting with fish culture operations.

The candidate should also be actively involved in engaging in the design of the study, discussions on research and the interpretation of research results with collaborators and funding agency coordinators, presenting research data in professional conferences, and drafting manuscripts for future publications. The Junior Specialist’s contribution to manuscripts is to independently complete data collection, analysis, summary, figure development, and drafting sections of the manuscript. Beyond this, the incumbent will contribute figures/tables to other manuscripts in the lab.

The Junior Specialist might also provide mentorship to undergraduate students, who the candidate will mentor on the operation of aquaculture systems and data analysis.

This job requires to work under indoor and outdoor conditions over rough terrain daily. Physical strength and endurance to move throughout facility is required. May encounter spiders, snakes, wasps, and other animals occurring in field conditions. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

BA/BS in aquaculture, fisheries, ecology, agricultural engineering, animal sciences, or related fields must be acquired by start date

Preferred qualifications

Familiar and experienced in statistical data analysis.
Skills to use instruments, hand tools, and measuring devices.
Skills to preform plumbing, painting, welding, and carpentry.
Experience in spawning behavior of fish.
Experience in aquaculture system building.
Good oral and written skills to communicate data summary to collaboration parties.
Experience with various software programs for data summary, image analysis, and reporting.
Laboratory skills to prepare solutions.
Able to work well under supervision and with others.
Be able to lift or move 40-75 lbs and up to 180 lbs with assistance.

Application Requirements

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

  • 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.

  • College Transcript

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Byron, CA