The Conservation Fund a Non Profit Corporation Internship - Student Research Technician in Shepherdstown, West Virginia
POSITION SUMMARYThe Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute employs college interns in support of their Aquaculture Research Program. Those employed in this position will gain valuable experience with the operation and upkeep of state-of-the-art fish production systems and associated waste treatment technologies and will learn about fish husbandry, fish biology, and water quality while assisting with specific research projects. This position provides opportunity for overlap with capstone/internship projects, but this is not guaranteed.PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIESClean and maintain fish culture systems and tanksResponsible for general lab cleanlinessRecord dissolved oxygen, temperature, and other research metricsAssist with fish length, weight, and biological measurementsAssist with fish harvest and transport eventsMeasure water flow rates using volumetric tests and specialized equipmentFill feeders, calibrate, and weigh feedAssist with data entryDESIRED BACKGROUND AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTESProspective interns should be pursuing a Bacheloris degree in Aquaculture or Fisheries, Environmental Studies, Biology, or related discipline. Prior experience in a laboratory setting is helpful, including laboratory/field work associated with college level science courses. This individual must be dedicated to maintaining high laboratory standards relative to work quality and safety and must possess good organizational, record keeping, and communication skills. Applicants must be detail-oriented and capable of adhering to standard operating procedures, flexible to adjust to changing schedules and duties as assigned, and capable of working independently after initial instruction. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Word applications is favorable.PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:Employees working in this position must be able to stand for long periods of time, and be capable of lifting up to 40-50 lbs. The ability to successfully work in a high-paced, sometimes stressful environment is necessary. During Fall and Spring college semesters, applicants must be available to work up to 15-20 hours per week, with hours increasing to approximately 30 hours per week during semester breaks.The Conservation Fund, a Non Profit Corporation, is an Equal Opportunity Employer who fully and actively supports equal access for all people regardless of Race, Color, Religion, Gender, Age, National Origin, Veteran Status, Disability, Genetic Information or Testing, Family and Medical Leave, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression and prohibits retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or practice in the investigation of any complaint, or otherwise oppose discrimination.