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Summary of Position
The community partner for this Summer Student Intern position through the Clean Leadership program will be (Verschuren Centre – Cape Breton University), reporting to (Dr. Rod Beresford, Department of Biology). In this position, you will be mainly responsible for collecting field samples, maintaining oysters in a quarantine aquatic facility, processing field and laboratory samples, using DNA analysis to determine disease status of oysters collected in the Bras d’Or Lake, conducting biochemical analysis on samples, and working with colleagues on related projects. The successful candidate needs to have (an interest in field biology and laboratory analysis specifically Polymerase Chain Reaction and associated techniques, ability to work with industry partners, and keep detailed field and laboratory records.).

Community Partner
The Verschuren Centre, at Cape Breton University focuses on developing solutions to problems faced by industry. Current areas of research include green energy, aquaculture, and value added products from agriculture/aquaculture by-products among other things. It is a positive and exciting environment with new and interesting opportunities arising each day. It is located on the Cape Breton University campus between Sydney and Glace Bay on Cape Breton Island.

Duties and Responsibilities
Collect oysters from various locations in the Bras d’Or Lake
Transfer oysters to Nyanza Bay
Maintain oysters held in quarantine research facility
Sample oysters every second week
Process samples oysters for laboratory analysis
Extract DNA and perform polymerase chain reaction analysis on samples oysters
Conduct biochemical analysis for enzyme activity
Maintain detailed records of all samples
Work with Verschuren Centre team members on aquaculture and other Centre projects as necessary


 Must be a Canadian citizen or legally entitled to work in Canada;
 Must be between the ages of 15 and 30;
 Must be a full-time student and intending to return to school in fall 2020;
 Is not a member of immediate family of community partner;
 Have an aptitude for safe work practices and the ability to multi-task in a busy work environment;
 Be able to work productively as part of a team while responding to feedback;
 Demonstrated interest in future employment in the environmental or ‘green’ sector is considered an asset;
 Experience/knowledge of DNA extraction and analysis
 Experience/knowledge about biochemical analysis and techniques
 Comfortable working near water (shoreline, periodically on small boats)
 Willingness to work as part of a team
 Willingness to work outside of “normal” working hours due to circumstances beyond the control of the employer
 Safety conscious
 Willingness to work both in a laboratory and outside for fieldwork

Working Conditions
The successful candidate will be required to work near and/or in water meaning some work will require the use of waders and periodically times in small boats (near shore). Laboratory work will include DNA extraction and analysis as well as biochemical analysis of oyster tissues.

All applications will be assessed equally; in support of our Indigenous Leadership stream, in some cases, preference will be given to students who self-identify as Indigenous. 

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