Monday, February 29, 2016

Another Aquaculture Job in New Jersey

Clam Hatchery Assistant

Clam Daddy’s is a family owned and operated business that is looking to hire a very responsible individual to help with all aspects of hatchery work including broodstock conditioning, cleaning and refilling tanks, larval rearing, seed planting, net cleaning and bay harvesting. Full time April though October.

Clammers wanted:  We will also be hiring full and part time clammers for June-September to harvest, sort and bag.

Both positions require a flexible schedule; daily hours vary depending on tide and season. Will train, but ideal individuals would have boating experience and be able to perform general maintenance of equipment. Must be able to lift 50 pounds safely, have a valid drivers license, and live in close proximity to Brigantine, NJ. Please send resume and work references to  or call 609-266-0677 for more information.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Oyster Hatchery Jobs in the Land of Springsteen

This is your chance to land a job on t e legendary Jersey Shore. Visit the Stone Pony in Asbury park. Visit Atlantic City which gave us the street names for Monopoly. Spend a night partying with Southside Johnny.  Visit 134 year old Lucy the Elephant in Margate. And perhaps meet that special someone, fall in love and have that wonderful Summer romance...

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Lucy the Elephant in Margate,New Jersey


     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 2016 and continue through approximately mid-December 2016.  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:

                                                                 David R. Jones
                       New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center at Rutgers University
                                                             3920 Bayshore Road

Cape May NJ 08204


    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.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ten Reasons Why Shellfish Aquaculture Is Good For Your Coastal Town.

11.  Aquaculture creates jobs. These jobs pay well and extend throughout the year; well beyond the brief tourist season.

22. Shellfish aquaculture improves water quality as the oysters, clams and mussels all feed by filtering the water. They make it clearer so that other important plant life such as eel grass can thrive. They remove harmful nitrogen that contributes to algae blooms and red tides. 

33. Aquaculture draws eco-tourists. Touring an oyster farm is a great way for parents to get their families outside and learn about the coastal environment.

44. Aquaculture improves the fishing as many other creatures will move in among the structure and shelter provided by the shellfish. These smaller creatures support the food chain that draws in the larger sport fish that fishermen love to catch.

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55. Aquaculture makes your shoreline safer. The key to a successful park is having people there to provide a sense of security. It is the same for coastal estuaries with the addition that having an oyster farmer with a boat can actually save lives.

66. Aquaculture teaches youngsters about the meaning of work.  Working around the tides, oyster farmers are out at many different hours; frequently enduring cold and inclement weather. What better way for a young person to vicariously realize that earning a dollar can be a demanding task.

77. People who raise shellfish are great advocates for the environment. If the water quality drops, their business can be damaged or permanently shut down. So they care… A lot.

88. It puts your town on the map. Duxbury, Wellfleet, Milford, Connecticut and Damariscotta, Maine are well-known in the food world because of their oysters.

99. Local aquaculture creates an opportunity to purchase delicious fresh seafood wholesale at the source. This locavore resource in turn can foster a restaurant hub.

110. It gives your town a centerpiece to organize a fun festival that brings your town together and boosts the local economy.