Assistant Lab Coordinator — Aquatic Ecosystem

Assistant Lab Coordinator- Aquatic Ecosystem

SUNY Adirondack is a teaching- and learning-centered community college, which fosters a diverse and equitable learning environment for students of all ages, backgrounds, goals, and learning styles. A member of the State University of New York, located in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, one hour north of Albany and thirty minutes from Saratoga Springs.  Our size is intimate, with only 4,000 full and part-time students, yet we offer more than 30 unique academic programs that prepare students for both work and transfer to four-year schools. A four-year degree is attainable on campus through our SUNY Plattsburgh extension center. While many of our students are first generation college educated and from rural areas in Upstate New York, we are excited by the influx of students from downstate and out of state who can now live in our new 400-bed residence hall.  

We strongly encourage applications from minorities and other underrepresented groups. A demonstrated commitment to working with a diverse student population and to the values of inclusion, engagement, and equity is imperative.

Major Responsibilities

Maintain the Biology Department 600-gallon saltwater reef aquarium and the other aquatic ecosystems in good and healthy condition. Care and maintain the:

  • saltwater reef aquarium which is education and public display.
  • koi pond for fish and plant relationships.
  • specialty tanks for various purposes.

Train and supervise student workers in the aquatic ecosystem care and maintenance. Maintain all aquatic systems in good, health working order; keep tanks clean and ready for public viewing. Monitor student workers. Keep records of aquarium parameters, inventory and purchases and help develop informational kiosks for ecosystems displays. Other opportunities may arise in the future at the interest of the candidate (Continuing Education courses, conventions, off-site workshops).

Candidate must be able to:

  • Work independently and problem solve.
  • Be able to work in a team environment and enjoy interacting with the public.
  • Be neat and have good record keeping skills.
  • Be able to use computer programs.
  • Be able to train student workers and monitor student activity.
  • Be responsible, dependable and maintain a weekly day time work schedule.
  • Communicate effectively with co-workers and supervisor.


Candidate will have/working towards a degree in an appropriate field of Biology. Need a minimum of 3 years of experience in aquarium care (preferably saltwater) with knowledge of healthy tank dynamics, salt and fresh water species, species compatibility, filtration systems, water quality protocols, chemical testing, operation of skimmers, pumps, monitoring systems and dosing. Occasional lifting of 5lb-10lb.

Employment Type                                                                                                                                                               

Paraprofessional, Part Time (Non-Exempt)


$18.50-$20 per hour

Additional Information                                                                                                                                         

When applying, please include a letter of interest, resume, names, telephone numbers and email addresses of three professional references.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled.

We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. SUNY Adirondack is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.