Monday, March 20, 2017

University Illinois Student Volunteers Enjoyed Oyster Restoration Work Most

This article by Jason Nevil originally appeared in the State-Journal Register. It illustrates how people enjoy being on the coast and engaging in environmental efforts like oyster restoration.

If her schedule allows, she wouldn't mind another alternative spring break next year, she said. "If I can, I definitely will," Bolin said.

Hailey Hawkins spent as much time around bleach as she did on a beach the past week while in Florida. But the University of Illinois Springfield junior has no complaints.
"It was definitely a very different spring break," Hawkins said Sunday. "But I had a lot of fun."
Hawkins was among 25 UIS students who traveled to Florida last week as part of the school's alternative spring break program.
The students helped with outdoor eco-restoration projects along the Florida panhandle Gulf Coast.
Past trips include building homes for Habitat for Humanity following Hurricane Katrina, cleaning up damage from Hurricane Ike in Texas and working with the homeless at soup kitchens in Washington, D.C., and New York City.
This year, the students assisted with shoreline restoration, native plant propagation, sea grass restoration, wildlife habitat improvement, dune restoration, storm water treatment, public land restoration and invasive species removal.
Hawkins said her favorite part of this year's trip was helping with an oyster-restoration project.
"It was cool because it was something that we couldn't possibly do in Illinois," she said.
But much of the work wasn't glamorous. Hawkins spent two days scrubbing the under side of a roof with bleach at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center in Freeport.
Other students, she said, spent one day on their hands and knees cleaning waste and other debris from a goose pond at a zoo.
"Your clothes were gross by the end of the day," she said.
Mark Dochterman, director of the UIS Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center, said each student paid $150 and had to raise funds for the rest to go on the trip. Once in Florida, the group stayed at the Community Collaborations International campgrounds near DeFuniak Springs. The university picks places that offer a different experience than what students could get in Springfield, Dochterman said. "I think students bring back a different sense of purpose when they go and give freely to a place they have never been before," he said. UIS junior Regina Bolin also traveled to Florida last week. Bolin said her favorite part was being exposed to the variety of eco-restoration projects underway in Florida. The work this year was hard at times, but Bolin said it was enjoyable knowing that she and her classmates helped make a difference.

Work with Oysters in the Vacationland of Maine

Oyster farm attendant

The Farms of Muscongus Bay Aquaculture and Dodge Cove Marine Farm cultivate delicious American oysters, hard clams, and bay scallops in the beautiful, and renowned Damariscotta River of mid-coast Maine.

We are looking for enthusiastic, reliable, and level-headed individuals, with an excellent work ethic, to come join our lively crew with daily farm operations.

Duties may include, but not be limited to;
  • -       Dragging
  • -       Culling
  • -       Grading
  • -       Processing oysters for market
  • -       Monitoring condition of broodstock shellfish
  • -       Fixing and maintaining gear

Preferred abilities:
  • -       Solid and verifiable boat handling skills essential
  • -       Happy working as part of a team
  • -       Organized and diligent
  • -       Quick problem solving
  • -       Able to lift 50 lbs.
  • -       Able to work in adverse weather conditions
  • -       Positive attitude
  • -       A good representative of the companies
  • -       Must be able to work in the U.S., and have a valid U.S. driver’s license

Applicants should send questions and resume to

Friday, February 3, 2017

Bivalve Restoration Job in Beautiful Shinnecock Bay

Located in the Hamptons on Long Island Shinnecock Bay offers stunning vistas.

Senior Research Support Specialist - 1603400 

Required Qualifications (as evidenced by an attached resume):  
Bachelor's degree in Marine Sciences or another related field. Two years of directly related, full time experience with advanced research related/laboratory activities. Experience rearing and spawning bivalves. Familiarity with established application and maintenance procedures for NYSDEC and Town shellfish licenses. Experience managing large data sets.

Preferred Qualifications: 
Advanced degree (Master's or higher) in Marine Sciences or another related fieldAdditional years of experience rearing and spawning bivalves. Previous involvement in outreach efforts. Public speaking experience.

Brief Description of Duties:  
The Senior Research Support Specialist will direct bivalve restoration efforts of the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program. This includes rearing of bivalves from gametes through adults, the maintenance and expansion of bivalve spawner sanctuaries and oyster reefs as well. Incumbent will also play a key role in the cultivation of public outreach and education efforts. The selected candidate will have Outstanding written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. They will have experience successfully working independently as well as part of a team with a collaborative approach to problem solving.

The incumbent will be responsible for the following:
  • Conditioning adult bivalves for spawning.
  • Rearing Larval bivalves
  • Raising juvenile bivalves (spat) on shell, cultch, and individually in laboratory, as well as in rafts, flupsy, and cages.
  • Growing large volumes of algae.
  • Monitoring bivalve populations in an ecosystem setting.
  • Deploying and maintaining bivalve spawner sanctuaries in coordination with public and school groups.
  • Deploying and maintaining oyster reefs.
  • Applying for and maintaining bivalve NYSDEC and town shellfish permits
  • Writing reports 
  • Giving formal presentations
  • Communication with government agencies, non-government organizations, and the public.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Special Notes: The Research Foundation of SUNY is a private educational corporation. Employment is subject to the Research Foundation policies and procedures, sponsor guidelines, and the availability of funding. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption.

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About Stony Brook:
Stony Brook University, home to many highly ranked graduate research programs, is located 60 miles from New York City on Long Island's scenic North Shore.  Our 1,100-acre campus is home to 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff, including those employed at Stony Brook Medicine, Suffolk County's only academic medical center and tertiary care provider.  The University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and co-manager of nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), a multidisciplinary research laboratory supporting world class scientific programs utilizing state-of-the-art facilities such as the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, the National Synchrotron Light Source, and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, and the New York Blue IBM BG/L+P supercomputer, owned by Stony Brook and managed by BNL.  Stony Brook is a partner in managing the Laboratory for the Department of Energy, and is the largest institutional scientific user of BNL facilities. As such, many opportunities exist for collaborative research, and in some cases, joint appointments can be arranged. 

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Work in the Blue Green Aquculture Economy in Beautiful Coastal Connecticut

General Manager Job Description Sea Greens Farms (“SGF”)  is harnessing the power of sea greens to deliver healthier, more sustainable food solutions and empowering communities to create the new ‘blue green economy’ based on restorative ocean farming.

SGF is a newly formed company which will engage in the business of processing, packaging and distributing ocean-farmed kelp and other seaweeds (“sea greens”), operating Thimble Island Ocean Farm ( and providing scientific and business services to ocean farmers around sea greens cultivation and commercialization. The Sea Greens Hub will be a first-of-its-kind seafood processing and food manufacturing facility, based in New Haven, CT. At full capacity, the new facility will process over 1 million lbs. of kelp and other seaweeds, and employ 300+ temporary workers during peak processing months (April-June). The Sea Greens Hub will also manufacture and distribute co-packed seafood products for wholesale and retail customers.

The General Manager will be responsible for the overall operations of the Sea Greens Hub, which will be transitioning from an existing, smaller facility in 2017, into a larger, 15,000 sq. ft. facility, which is slated for completion in early 2018. The GM will operate in the smaller facility through 2017 and be involved in the retrofit and/or new construction of the larger facility.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:
 • Hire, manage and supervise teams of full-time and seasonal workers cleaning, trimming, cutting, processing and packaging sugar kelp, mussels and clams.
 • Hire, manage and supervise delivery and logistics personnel responsible for transporting raw kelp from farmers, managing inventory/warehousing and pickup from freight providers. This may include using outsourced transportation companies.
 • Hire, manage and supervise personnel responsible for maintaining equipment and electrical/plumbing/ventilation/drainage/etc. Developing a network of service providers and contractors to handle small and large jobs is a plus.
• Work with Sales, Procurement, Farm Manager, Marketing and Operations team members to ensure efficient and seamless output of products.
• Ensure that the Sea Greens Hub and operations complies with all labor laws, workplace safety, manufacturing standards, building codes, food safety certifications such as HAACP, CT state labor laws, etc.
• Work with architects, building construction, inspectors for the design, construction, equipment installation and operationalizing the new Sea Greens Hub.

Qualifications and requirements:
• 15 years relevant experience (e.g., General Manager, Plant Manager) overseeing facility in related industry – seafood manufacturing/processing/distribution or agricultural business.
• Demonstrated ability to manage teams of seasonal, unskilled work force. Majority of labor consists of Spanish-speaking workers, so ability to speak Spanish is a requirement.
• Experience of operating HAACP certified manufacturing facility, including developing and implementing safety standards, quality assurance and processes
• Proven ability to hire, train and develop employees and create the right workplace culture. • Excels at ‘fast-starting’ and relentlessly execution-focused
• B.A. desirable; certificate work in manufacturing or industrial operations a plus
• Entrepreneurial or startup experience a plus • Broad interest/alignment with sustainability, ‘triple bottom line’ businesses a plus Compensation/Benefits:
• Salary: based on qualifications and experience
• Health/Dental/Vision insurance, Workers Comp, Disability benefits This job is based in New Haven, CT.

Please send resume and direct inquiries to Brendan Coffey, Marketing & Operations Manager (