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Updated: 5 days ago

The Institute for Socio-Ecological Research (ISER Caribe) is excited to announce we are looking to hire a Aquaculture Systems Manager for El Centro de Investigación y Restauración de Organismos Marinos (CIROM) in La Parguera.


The Aquaculture Systems Manager (ASM) will ensure the smooth operation and maintenance of life support systems (LSS) within the ISER’s aquarium facilities at CIROM in La Parguera, Puerto Rico. The ASM will oversee the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of LSS, including filtration systems, water quality monitoring, and equipment maintenance. The ASM will work closely with the Managers and Staff Biologists to provide optimal conditions for the health and well-being of all nursery installations.


We seek a highly organized and motivated individual who can maintain a positive, enthusiastic attitude to join our team. Key competencies include scientific and mechanical aptitude and basic plumbing, carpentry, and electronics knowledge. The successful candidate must be able to work flexible hours and participate in an on-call and evening and weekend schedule. This position includes working outside in wet/humid and hot environments during all seasons and environmental conditions. Some travel throughout Puerto Rico and heavy lifting (over 50 lbs) will also be required. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's or master’s degree in biological sciences or a related field, basic aquaculture experience, and the ability to work independently.


  • Oversee the design, installation, and commissioning of LSS for land-based nurseries (corals, sea urchins and crabs), quarantine areas, and other aquatic systems (larval tanks and microalgal cultures)

  • Develop and implement maintenance protocols, schedules, and procedures for LSS components, including filtration systems, pumps, heaters, chillers, and chemical dosing systems

  • Monitor and maintain water quality parameters such as temperature, salinity, pH, dissolved oxygen, and nutrient levels

  • Perform regular inspections, testing, and troubleshooting of LSS equipment to ensure proper functioning and identify potential issues

  • Coordinate with project and nursery managers for repairs, upgrades, and equipment installations

  • Conduct routine water quality testing and analysis, including chemical and biological parameters

  • Interpret water quality data and make necessary adjustments to maintain optimal conditions for aquatic species

  • Implement appropriate filtration, sterilization, and treatment methods to ensure water quality and prevent the spread of diseases

  • Monitor and maintain the cleanliness and integrity of all nurseries, including the larval rearing systems and microalgal cultivation

  • Provide training and guidance to nursery staff on LSS operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting procedures

  • Ensure adherence to established protocols for handling and acclimating new aquatic arrivals

  • Foster a culture of safety, professionalism, and continuous improvement within the LSS team

  • Assist in developing and managing the LSS budget, including equipment purchases, maintenance supplies, and water treatment chemicals

  • Maintain inventory records for LSS components, spare parts, and supplies


  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field such as biology, marine science, or environmental science

  • Proven experience in managing life support systems in aquariums or similar aquatic facilities

  • Strong knowledge of aquarium filtration systems, water chemistry, and aquatic species' care requirements

  • Familiarity with mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems related to LSS.

  • Excellent problem-solving and troubleshooting skills

  • Strong organizational and time management abilities

  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work collaboratively with a diverse team

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple priorities

  • Knowledge of applicable regulations and standards for aquarium water quality and LSS operations

  • Willing to work weekends and odd hours

  • Willing to be outdoors, work in inclement weather and rough terrain

  • Ability to work effectively with limited supervision

  • Be physically able to push, pull, and lift to 50 pounds

  • Valid driver’s license and reliable means of transportation


  • A relevant certification (e.g., Certified Aquatic Facility Operator)

  • Knowledge of the biology, physiology and aquaculture of corals, sea urchins, and crabs.

  • At least 6 months of experience working with land-based nurseries or closed systems

  • Ability to foster good interpersonal relationships with colleagues. May be asked to represent their team on various working groups

  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively

  • Excellent written and verbal communication in English and Spanish

  • Outreach and education experience

  • Organization, time management, and communication skills

  • Ability to effectively follow directions

  • Knowledge of Caribbean coral reef ecology and/or biology


  • Only applicants that are currently able to work in the United States will be considered

  • CIROM is located at the Marine Science Department at the University of Puerto Rico

  • This position is for a limited term of 4 years with the possibility to extend based on funding

  • Approximately 40 hours of work per week will be required, but hours may vary based on need

  • Pay will be $49,000 annually, with a benefits package including paid time off (sick and vacation), workers’ compensation, and unemployment benefits.


Interested applicants should apply by sending a cover letter, resume or c.v., and the contact information of three reference to with the subject line “Life Support Manager - La Parguera” before September 28, 2023. We have extended the date.

Qualified applicants will be considered for employment regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or any other protected category.

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