Aquatics Specialist, EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC
As Aquatics Specialist, you will perform all tasks necessary for the care and management of the on-site Zebrafish colonies. These tasks include: fish feeding, fish disease recognition and surveillance, routine testing of all applicable water quality parameters, knowledge of actions appropriate for correction of any water parameter abnormalities, preventive maintenance on rack pumps, filter systems, and dispenser systems, RO water operations, fish euthanasia, preparation of tissue samples for lab submittal, cleaning and disinfection of all equipment, zebrafish breeding, collection of fish embryos, artemia preparation, maintaining adequate supply levels, and all recordkeeping associated with aquatics.
The responsibilities of the Aquatic Specialist shall include but are not limited to the following:
- Must have previous Aquatics experience especially with Zebrafish. A Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science or AALAS certification is preferred.
- Experience in working with Techniplast Aquatics caging system is a plus.
- Monitoring the aquatic animal environmental parameters of each animal holding room (e.g. temperature/humidity, light cycles, room and water temp., pH, conductivity, and dissolved oxygen),
- Perform routine minor maintenance and repair of aquatic equipment to include troubleshooting,
- Maintains established performance goals and standards in each aquatic animal holding room,
- Fosters a team approach towards completing tasks on the floor and a working partnership with the investigative staff to assure that research requirements are met,
- Daily aquatic animal care, animal health observations, feeding, and housing of each animal.
- Perform timed egg collections in support of ongoing research; perform regular egg collection to ensure future mating generations.
- Wash eggs, in a multi stage cycle, to rid of external parasites.
- Submit and track submissions to ensure fish health as well as food and water quality.
- Perform minor animal treatments as prescribed by the Veterinarian as well as maintain clinical records,
- Preparation of animals for transport to other facilities,
- Animal receiving, handling, restraint, sexing, measurements and euthanasia,
- Changing of tanks and its associated equipment in accordance with approved change schedule,
- Monthly census and weekly space availability,
- Maintain accurate facility documentation and research data.
- Must be detail oriented and able to follow strict controls to prevent contamination.
- Sanitation of rooms, support areas, removal of waste, dirty tank accessories and restocking of supplies,
- Any duties or task as delegated by contract or government management.
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