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Junior Specialist - Fish Conservation and Culture Laboratory

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $51,300.00 at Step 1.0.

Application Window

Open date: August 1, 2023

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Aug 16, 2023 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, Dec 31, 2023 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 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.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

BA/BS in aquaculture, fisheries, ecology, agricultural engineering, animal sciences, or related fields. Must provide own, reliable, transportation to and from work site.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Good oral and written skills to communicate data summary to collaboration parties. Experience with various software programs for data summary, image analysis, and reporting. Experience of working on animal involved projects.

Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)

Experience in spawning behavior of fish and aquaculture system building. Familiar and experienced in statistical data analysis. Skills to use instruments, hand tools, and measuring devices. Laboratory skills to prepare solutions.

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

Byron, California