Monday, February 23, 2015

Intern Jobs on Boston Harbor Islands

This could be your office!

Ancient Oyster Shell Found on Spectacle Island
Spectacle Island
Or This...
Ideal Oyster Restoration Locations- Thompson Island Salt Pond and Wetlands
Thompson Island
 Or this... 
Peddocks Island  Boston Harbor
And you can't beat the commute!
On the Ferry to Boston Harbor islands
You never know who you could meet or see!
Peddock's Island Celebrities
Leonardo DiCaprio filmed on Peddock's Island

Applications are being accepted for National Park Service Visitor Use Assistants, Student Conservation Association youth crew  members to do work on Peddocks Island, and Thompson Island program staff and Green Ambassadors .  More island jobs will be announced over the coming weeks, so check the job postings often and help us spread the word. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Internships in Shellfish Aquaculture Virginia


Ballard Fish and Oyster Company

2015 Internship Program

Ballard Fish and Oyster Company (BFOC) ( is recruiting students/individuals for our 2015 class of interns.  BFOC is a vertically integrated shellfish aquaculture company whose focus is on the production of hard clams and eastern oysters.  Internships are available throughout the range of aquaculture production operations; including hatchery, nursery, and field grow out.

We will recruit up to 8 interns to fill positions ranging in duration from seasonal to yearly.   Individuals will be selected to work in areas of responsibility such as those listed below. 

Example internships include but are not limited to the following
·         All daily aspects of maintenance/operation in shellfish hatchery: spawning, larval culture, post-set maintenance and algae culture. 
·         Nursery culture of shellfish seed.
·         Maintenance of floating upweller system for eastern oyster spat/seed.
·         Grading of hard clam and oyster seed.
·         Working with spat on shell – setting and distribution.
·         Planting of hard clams and eastern oyster seed/spat.
·         Bed maintenance for hard clams.
·         Harvest of hard clams and eastern oysters.
·         Field husbandry on eastern oysters.
·         Internships are paid at a rate to be negotiated during hiring, and would vary with previous experience
·         Interns will work a minimum of 35 hour week, which may include scheduled weekends and holidays. 
·         Duration of internships is flexible, ranging from seasonal to year long.
·         All interns must be at least 18 years of age.
·         Ballard Fish and Oyster will provide housing for all interns.
·         The company does not pay for travel to and from work.
·         The company will provide any necessary gear for all tasks.
To apply, please send resume and statement of interest to Tim Rapine ( and reference the intern position.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Massachusetts Legislation to Foster Oyster Shell Recycling and Oyster Restoration

Oyster reef restoration
Senator Richard J. Ross of Wrentham is introducing draft legislation for the 2015 docket that is a landmark for oyster restoration in the Commonwealth. The draft bill contains language creating a tax credit for restaurants that recycle their oyster shell for oyster restoration. 

Richard J. Ross supports Oyster Restoration
Massachusetts State Senator Richard J. Ross files legislation supporting oyster restoration

This bill is a bellweather event as 2015 is the first year in which legislation has been filed in support of oyster restoration. We see three important benefits resulting from this groundbreaking effort. First, it puts oyster restoration on the table for discussion and we are just scratching at the surface of the potential for this valuable opportunity here in the Bay State. Second, it will allow us to engage our legislators constructively to work to build coalitions for further work. Finally, it also sends a message to the State's oyster regulatory authorities that the tide of public opinion is moving in favor of this important activity.

Sarah Peaks sponsors shell cultching bill supports oyster restoration
Massachusetts Representative Sarah K. Peake is working to streamline processes for oyster restoration.
It has also come to our attention that Representative Sarah K. Peake of Provincetown has introduced legislation to streamlining the regulatory process to obtain authorization for placing cultch for oyster restoration.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Prepare for a Career in Oyster Restoration with a Job in Beutiful Cape May

Seasonal Technicians: Rutgers University Shellfish Research Laboratory and the New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center. Laboratory and field-oriented positions in several areas of shellfish biology including aquaculture, genetics, physiology, and parasitology. Position start dates from February through May 2015. Salary $11.00-$11.50/hr ($440-$460/week).

Dormitory facilities are available at all three laboratories. We are seeking talented undergraduates or recent college graduates who have interest in any of the above-mentioned areas. Interviews will begin in February 2015 and continue until all positions are filled. Send resume and cover letter to: Gregory DeBrosse, Haskin Shellfish Research Lab, 6959 Miller Avenue, Port Norris, NJ  08349



     Hourly technician positions for undergraduates and recent college graduates are available at our laboratory. The Culture Technician positions will be located at our NJ Aquaculture Innovation Center site in North Cape May, NJ and begin February, March, April, and May. The remaining positions are located at Cape Shore Laboratory sited on the shore of Delaware Bay, approximately ten miles from Cape May, NJ.  The rate of pay for the Spring Technician position will be $11.50/hr ($460/wk).  This position will begin ~late February/early March 2015 and continue through approximately mid-December 2015.  The rate of pay for all summer positions will be $11.00/hr ($440/wk).  Dormitory accommodations are available at both facilities, for a fee set by the University.  The summer positions begin in mid-May to early June and continue until approximately mid-August. We also encourage students associated with internship programs to apply.  Descriptions of the general duties of each of the positions are given below.  Additional information can be viewed at our website;   Anyone interested is encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  Send a resume and cover letter (including which positions you would prefer, if any) to:



                                                            Gregory A. DeBrosse

                                              Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory

                                        Rutgers NJ Agricultural Experiment Station

6959 Miller Avenue

                                                           Port Norris, NJ  08349



    SPRING TECHNICIAN - During the spring and fall, the responsibilities of this position will be varied and will include duties in the hatchery, field, and laboratory as needed.  During the summer research period, along with the laboratory Field Manager, is responsible for the care and maintenance of over 300 bushels of experimental oysters confined to bags on our tidal flats.  These oysters are progeny groups generated by our long-standing and continuing program in oyster genetics and breeding.  Much of the work week is spent on the tidal flats in front of the laboratory.  Duties include tray and bag maintenance, collection of biological data on progeny groups, and maintenance of our 75,000 gallon land-based nursery and holding systems.


    CULTURE TECHNICIAN – These positions will be located at the New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center located in North Cape May, NJ. Duties associated with these positions include microalgal culture, assisting in spawning of bivalve molluscs, rearing of larvae and post-set juveniles, maintenance of hatchery larval and downweller tanks and nursery upweller raceway tanks and equipment.


       FIELD TECHNICIAN - Assist the laboratory Field Manager in the care and maintenance of shellfish brood stock located in our quarantine, nursery, and field grow out systems.  Position responsibilities require working outside in all weather conditions, ATV operation, and some lifting.


     HATCHERY TECHNICIAN - Duties associated with these positions include assisting in spawning of bivalve molluscs, rearing of larvae and post-set juveniles, daily record keeping, maintenance of hatchery and nursery grow-out system tanks and equipment, and micro-algal culture. Attention to detail is critical in these positions.

Gregory A. DeBrosse
Rutgers University Shellfish Research Lab
Director, Cape Shore Laboratory
Manager, NJ Aquaculture Innovation Center
6959 Miller Avenue
Port Norris, NJ  08349
Phone: (609)463-0633
Fax: (609)463-0299