University of Maryland Center for Environmental ScienceHorn Point Oyster Hatchery

Deadline to complete an application for 2017 has passed! 

Thank you to all the applicants. Applications submitted before the deadline are currently under review. Please be patient, we’ll be in touch soon.


Description: The oyster culture program at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory ( is accepting applications for summer internships. The oyster hatchery, the largest on the East Coast, produces oyster larvae and spat for restoration activities throughout the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay. The facility includes large larval tanks housed indoors, a greenhouse for algal production, over fifty outdoor setting tanks, and a demonstration oyster farm.

Duties: Interns will become part of the hatchery team and learn all aspects of oyster culture including broodstock management, spawning, larval culture, algal culture, settlement, outplanting, deployment and facility maintenance. Interns will be expected to assist in all facets of hatchery operation, but may also assist in hatchery experiments under the supervision of a faculty member. While this is not a traditional laboratory environment, you may learn several laboratory skills.

Conditions: This is a summer internship that has flexible starting and end dates for the 2017 season. Weekend and holiday work is required along with occasional irregular hours. Applicants must be able to lift at least 30 pounds and work in a wet and humid environment.

Eligibility: High school applicants should have completed at least their junior year. Applicants enrolled in college should have at least one year of coursework towards a degree in biology, environmental science or a related field. Stipend is $400 per week. Limited dormitory space is available (18 years and older). Work permit required if under the age of 18.

Contact: If interested, contact Stephanie Alexander, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory, P.O. Box 775, Cambridge, MD 21613; email: for more information. We strongly encourage applicants to visit our facility prior to the deadline date.