HIRING! Seaweed Cultivation Specialist

HIRING! Seaweed Cultivation Specialist

Cultivation Specialist - Seaweed Cultivation Center

Atlantic Sea Farms (ASF) is a brand with a robust social and environmental mission and ambitious growth goals. We pride ourselves on building a brand and team with integrity that is fiercely dedicated to our social mission to grow the seaweed aquaculture industry for Maine and create opportunities for Maine’s working waterfront communities.

We are seeking a dedicated individual to join our team as the full-time Seaweed Cultivation Specialist. A successful applicant should have a solid background in biology and experience working in a cultivation, laboratory and/or aquaculture workplace. This person will also be meticulous when it comes to the care of our seaweed cultures and diligent about maintaining a clean cultivation environment.

The Specialist will work independently as necessary and will be responsible for the daily care and growth of seaweeds in our Seaweed Cultivation Center. This person must also work well as part of a mission-driven team, and be adaptable and flexible to the frequent changes in an exciting start-up atmosphere. This position reports directly to the Seaweed Cultivation Manager and works as part of the ASF Supply Team.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
• Work directly with Seaweed Cultivation Manager to grow over 1,000 kelp spools for our partner-farmer network.
• Support Seaweed Cultivation Manager and Supply and Advancement Manager with seeding season logistics including seed drop-offs and kelp pick-ups.
• Maintain a culture-clean working environment.
• Facilitate the expansion of organic-certified farms
• Support ASF aquaculture advocacy and outreach efforts
• Provide assistance to our partner-farmers and Supply and Advancement Manager as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Substantial experience working in a laboratory and/or aquaculture nursery or hatchery.
• Solid foundation in biology and ecology, particularly with autotrophs.
• Comfortable using hand tools and small power tools safely
• Demonstrated ability to organize, set and implement priorities
• Experience working with light microscopy
• Strong data entry experience and basic data analysis skills
• Adaptability – as well as an appreciation and understanding for changing and nascent systems as part of a start-up
• Willingness to work according to seasonality & tides and in variable weather conditions
• Strong interpersonal and professional skills
• Degree in related field, business, or significant experience
• Ability to work productively in an ambiguous and high-energy environment
• Supporting food safety and quality culture by maintaining a clean environment in the cultivation center
• Valid driver’s license and ability to navigate the Maine coastline well
• Must be able to lift 40 lbs independently
• Preferred experience with recirculating and flow-through seawater systems
• Patience, a sense of humor, and a sense of humility and optimism

COMPENSATION:
• This position would be paid an annual base salary, have access to the company’s health benefits package, paid vacation, and a bonus structure based on individual and team performance.

To inquire, please email Thew Suskiewicz: tsuskiewicz@atlanticseafarms.com

Ocean Approved, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.