Friday, February 9, 2018

Summer Internships in Oyster Hatchery- Learn a Trade, Travel, See the Maryland Shore


​​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.

If you have questions about either opportunity please contact Julie Trommatter at or Stephanie Alexander at or (410)221-8310.
The deadline to submit all application materials is February 15, 2018 by 11:59:59 PM.
For more information on the internships and how to apply, visit our website.


  1. Summer internship in oysters hatchery wants to go in. I want to see oysters. I try to taste it.
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  2. "Wow, what an incredible opportunity to dive deep into the fascinating world of oyster culture! This internship offers a comprehensive experience, from broodstock management to outplanting and beyond. It's impressive how interns not only learn but actively contribute to the hatchery team and gain hands-on experience on a working oyster farm. The commitment to preparing individuals for future employment speaks volumes about the quality and dedication of this program."
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  3. Exciting opportunity for summer internships at UMCES Horn Point Laboratory! Gain hands-on experience in oyster culture while enjoying the Maryland shore. Don't miss out—apply now!
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  4. "Summer internships in an oyster hatchery offer an incredible hands-on experience for those passionate about marine biology and aquaculture. You'll gain valuable insights into the lifecycle of oysters, from spawning to harvesting, while working alongside experienced professionals in the field. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to sustainable aquaculture practices and make a tangible impact on coastal ecosystems. Whether you're a student looking to enhance your academic knowledge or someone interested in a career in marine sciences, this internship is the perfect stepping stone to a fulfilling and impactful career."

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