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Feb 13 / BARD CEP

Oyster Restoration Positions-Richmond, VA

Organization: Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Position Title: Oyster Restoration Positions

Location: Richmond, VA

Hours & Compensation: Full time.

Application Deadline: February 21, 2014


Job Description:

CBF has 2 openings in their Virginia Oyster Restoration Program located in Gloucester, VA.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay. Established in 1967, CBF has a staff of approximately 185 employees working in offices in Annapolis Maryland; Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. CBF’s headquarters office is in the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world’s first LEED platinum building.

CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 200,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF please

The VA Oyster Restoration Specialist will assist the Virginia Oyster Restoration Manager and have substantial responsibilities for the day-to-day operation of CBF’s Virginia Oyster Restoration Program in Gloucester County, Virginia, and assist with the operation of a remote setting facility in collaboration with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science to produce up to 10 million spat on shell seed oysters annually. The position will also assist with the production, setting, and deployment of reef balls to be used as alternative oyster habitats, and a statewide shell recycling program/effort. The position will assist the Hampton Roads staff with maintenance and expansion of the Virginia Oyster Gardening Program.

The VA Oyster Restoration Assistant is a temporary seasonal position to last until November 2014 and will assist in numerous Oyster Restoration events held with CBF volunteers in VA, as well as assisting with various field work along with the Oyster Restoration Manager and Specialist.

The 2 positions require a Bachelor’s degree (or working towards a degree) in biology, marine science, aquaculture, fisheries, or environmental science and experience conducting controlled shellfish aquaculture and knowledge of regulatory aspects of aquaculture and fisheries, in particular, oysters, in the Bay desirable. The ability to swim and be comfortable working in Bay waters are prerequisites; ability to communicate with public officials, watermen, students, CBF members, and others about CBF’s mission and Restoration Program; ability to learn and implement CBF policies and procedures related to field programs and safety policies; ability to collect and organize data, keep logs and records as necessary, and juggle multiple projects/ responsibilities/schedules while remaining organized and enthusiastic; excellent oral and written communication skills required; must be proficient in MS Office and similar software. Must be reliable, organized, highly motivated, have a positive attitude, hold a valid driver’s license, and have reliable transportation. The Specialist should have experience operating and maintaining small boats up to 40 feet in length (ability to obtain an OUPV or 25 ton USCG Masters License is preferred

How to apply:

Please see for the complete job announcements and application instructions.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history and requirements no later than February 21, 2014 to [email protected]

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