WORK STUDY Winter 2023: Fish Husbandry Assistant

  • Location: Cape Breton University
  • Deadline: February 3, 2023 at 4:00 pm

Fish Husbandry Assistant

Brief Job Description:  Dr. Salazar’s research laboratory (TC-146) houses a permanent indoor small colony of tropical freshwater fish. As part of this fish colony, we have small aquaria with adult breeders, juveniles, and eggs. The successful candidate will receive training to provide fish care weekly to maintain the quality of the tanks’ water, calibrate parameters to promote breeding, reared juveniles and eggs, feed all fish, swap mates to maintain breeding, and maintain the live colonies of worms and brine shrimp used as fish food.


The Fish Husbandry Assistant will be assigned tasks including but not limited to:

  • Sample and record water chemistry parameters
  • Perform acclimatization and rotation of breeders across breeding tanks (as needed)
  • Sample eggs and rear fry/juveniles
  • Feed all fish
  • Maintain live worm and live brine shrimp colonies (as needed)
  • Clean tanks and filters
  • Maintain logs and bookkeeping files and update standard operating procedures for fish care and handling


  • Preferably BSc Science major
  • Must like to work with live fish and worms
  • Aquarium maintenance experience is a plus but it is not necessary
  • Must know how to maintain & generate excel spreadsheets and have good attention to detail
  • Must have good organizational skills and written/oral communication skills
  • Animal care training and basic lab safety training will be provided

Eligibility: Enrolled full time at Cape Breton University and in good academic standing.

How to Apply: Email your resume and cover letter with job interest to Vielka Salazar at

Students can participate in 1 Work Study position per semester.