Monday, January 8, 2018

Oyster Aquaculture Internships Maryland

The oyster culture program at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory ( is now accepting applications for summer internships.  There are two internship opportunities available to apply for, the Oyster Hatchery Internship and the Aquaculture Internship.

Oyster hatchery interns are expected to become part of the hatchery team and learn all aspects of oyster culture. This includes, but is not limited to, broodstock management, spawning, larval culture, algal culture, settlement, outplanting, deployment, sampling procedures, data collection, farm management, and facility maintenance. While employed with the oyster hatchery, interns will also be gaining experience on a working oyster farm.

The Aquaculture Internship was founded in 2015 with the goal of preparing individuals for future employment on a working oyster farm. To this end, aquaculture interns will learn to set larvae, both on shell for bottom harvest, and on microcultch, to produce individual oysters for containerized water column production.

These are flexible summer internships but interns should start by the end of June 2018 and end no later than mid October 2018. Candidates should be able to work for a minimum of 10 weeks. Applicants must be able to lift at least 50 pounds and be committed to working in a wet, muddy, and humid environment.

Applicants also must be 18 years of age or older by the time of their start date. Stipend is $400 per week. Limited dormitory space may be available. Commuters must have reliable transportation. Long hours and weekend work are expected.

Please visit our website for more information ( If you have questions about either opportunity or would like to attend a potential intern tour (the next one is scheduled for January 13, 2018) please contact Stephanie Alexander at or (410)221-8310

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