University of Maryland Center for Environmental ScienceHorn Point Oyster Hatchery


NOTE:  The deadline for 2016 Internship Applications has passed. No more applications will be considered at this time.

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, and over fifty outdoor setting tanks.

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, oyster seed production 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.

Conditions: This is a summer internship that has flexible starting and end dates for the 2016 season. Some 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 course work 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, please email Stephanie Alexander –> to receive an application and further instructions. The deadline to apply is February 12, 2016.