University of Maryland Center for Environmental ScienceHorn Point Oyster Hatchery

The 2018 internship positions have been filled.
Please check back for the opportunity to apply for the 2019 season.

2018 Oyster Hatchery Internship Opportunity

Interns will work alongside oyster biologists to create a positive and successful hatchery season.
Where: University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory Oyster Hatchery located in Cambridge on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

     The oyster culture program at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory is accepting applications for a summer internship.  The oyster hatchery, one of the largest on the East Coast, produces oyster larvae, spat on shell, and oyster seed for restoration and aquaculture activities, as well as for research and education. The facility includes large larval tanks, a greenhouse for algal production, over fifty outdoor setting tanks, and a demonstration oyster farm.
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. Work experiences, conditions, and hours may vary.
This is a flexible summer internship 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. While this is not a traditional laboratory environment, you may learn several laboratory skills and should be prepared with appropriate clothing and footwear.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older by the time of their start date. Candidates should have an interest in aquaculture, fisheries, biology, environmental sciences or a related field. Stipend is $400 per week. Limited dormitory space may be available. Commuters must have reliable transportation. Long hours and weekend work are expected.


Interns will rotate through various aspects of the hatchery and should be capable of working independently after training.
Broodstock Management
Collecting, maintaining, and cleaning broodstock oysters
Learning the conditioning process
Processing oysters for assessment
Determining sex ratio
Fertilizing eggs
Learning microscope techniques
Larval Rearing
Cleaning larval rearing tanks
Sorting larvae and assessing maturity
Performing larval counts
Algae Production
Maintaining carboy cultures
Cleaning and inoculating tanks
Operating various equipment
Setting & Planting
Collecting samples and processing data
Introducing larvae to setting tanks
Accurately determining spat on shell numbers
Accompanying Oyster Recovery Partnership on a deployment
Seed Production
Setting larvae on ground cultch
Sorting and counting seed
Upweller and downweller operation
Demonstration Farm
Collecting oysters from growout gear in the water
Processing various gear types
Removing fouling organisms
Remote setting
Applying skills on a working oyster farm
Basic laboratory skills
Answering phone calls in a professional manner
Assisting with large hands-on experiences for tour groups
Learning basic operation of a Coulter counter

Oyster Farm Experience

Where: Madhouse Oyster Farm
2405 Hoopers Island Rd,
Fishing Creek, MD 21634
When: At least 1 full week during summer,  Hours vary
Expect: Processing oyster seed from upwellers, baskets,and cages. Removing biofouling organisms. Working long hours on a boat.



Application Submission Instructions and Deadline

If you have any questions about this opportunity please contact us. If you would like to attend one of our prospective intern tours, please contact Stephanie Alexander at or (410)221-8310 or Julie Trommatter at or (410)221-8370.
Completed application materials should be emailed to Stephanie Alexander at While electronic submissions are preferred, you may also download the application from our website and submit it via mail to UMCES Horn Point Oyster Hatchery Intern Program, P.O. Box 775, Cambridge, MD 21613, or fax materials to (410) 221-8456 “ATTN: Stephanie Alexander.”
To request a paper copy, call Stephanie Alexander at 410-221-8310.
If you have any questions, or if you need assistance in filling out this application, please contact Stephanie Alexander at or 410-221-8310.

Applicants must submit the following:
1. Application Form
2. An unofficial copy of your most recent college transcript that lists all courses you have taken to-date and the grades you have received. Both unofficial and official copies are accepted.
3. A minimum of two (2) letters of recommendation from an individual capable of commenting on your academic qualifications and work ethic.
4. A resume or curriculum vitae describing any relevant jobs, internships, volunteer work, scholarships and/or other activities that you have held or participated in and other skills or accomplishments that you wish to identify.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all materials have arrived on or before the deadline.
All materials, including application, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and resume or CV, are expected to be complete and submitted by February 15, 2018 11:59:59 PM. We strongly encourage applicants to visit our facility prior to the deadline date.