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Bacteriologist

The Department of Fish & Game works to preserve the state's natural resources and people's right to conservation of those resources, as protected by Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. To carry out this mission, the Department exercises responsibility over the Commonwealth's marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants, and natural communities, as well as the habitats that support them.
The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries serves Massachusetts' citizens by protecting, restoring, and enhancing fishery resources and their habitats, while providing sustainable fisheries related recreational and commercial opportunities.
The Department of Fish and Game, Division of Marine Fisheries, seeks applicants for the position of Bacteriologist.
The Bacteriologist performs biological, microbiological, chemical and physical sampling and analysis of shellfish and seawater at the Shellfish Purification Plant in Newburyport and the Shellfish Laboratory at the Annisquam River Marine Fisheries Station in Gloucester.
A cover letter and resume must be submitted as part ofthe application process and attached "as relevant" to the requisition.
Duties include:
Performs analysis of shellfish samples, water samples and related quality controls using Standard Methods and approved SOP's found in the laboratory's QA manual.
Prepares laboratory materials such as culture media, buffers, bacteriological cultures and chemical reagents.
Maintains laboratory equipment and performs periodic equipment calibrations and adjustments.
Performs routine tasks associated with a microbiology laboratory such as washing dishes and glassware, operating an autoclave and general laboratory upkeep.
Ensures bacteriological, chemical, and physical sampling schedules, testing methods and frequencies conform to laboratory SOP's, Standard Methods, NSSP and federal and state regulations as required.
Successfully performs annual laboratory proficiency testing.
Participates in various studies relating to the laboratory and the NSSP.
Prepares monthly reports of laboratory analyses as needed.
Performs the mouse bioassay for paralytic shellfish poison and/or other biotoxin analyses according to Standard Methods and NSSP Guidelines.
Oversees the depuration process to insure successful treatment.
Directs depuration plant staff to release or hold shellfish lots based upon test results.
Communicates test results to plant coordinator, supervisor, plant manager, area biologists and/or regulatory agency as required.
Assumes responsibility for classification laboratory in absence of supervisor and for operation of shellfish plant in absence of plant lab supervisor and plant coordinator.
Qualifications required at hire:
Knowledge of bacteriological testing procedures, sterile technique and QA/QC practices.
An understanding of the operation of laboratory equipment (autoclaves, pH meters, pipettes etc.)
Knowledge of shellfish biology.
Ability to keep clear, concise and accurate records.
Ability to develop and maintain effective relations with staff.
Ability to communicate effectively with professional and nonprofessional personnel.
Ability to follow directions.
Ability to oversee employee(s), and work as part of a team and as well as independently.
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
Minimum Entrance Requirements:
Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or paraprofessional experience in bacteriology, biology or biochemistry work, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
Substitutions:
I. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major in bacteriology, biology, chemistry or biochemistry may be substituted for the required experience.
Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
Special Requirements: None.
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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