The oyster culture program at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory is accepting applications for a 2024 summer internship.

Oyster aquaculture in Maryland is a rapidly growing industry with countless opportunities for innovative ideas and for those with a strong work ethic to make a meaningful difference. Since the revision of the lease laws in Maryland during 2009, the state has seen a strong increase in aquaculture operations. With this surge comes an increased demand for a workforce who is trained in unique aquaculture job skills.

Where: University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory Oyster Hatchery located at 2020 Horns Point Road in Cambridge, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

When: Candidates should be able to work for a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks within the timeframe of April 2024 and October 2024. Spring and summer internships will be considered. Most work is conducted Monday-Friday 8am-4pm, occasionally irregular hours may occur. Weekend work is required.

What you’ll do:

  • Become part of the hatchery team and learn all aspects of oyster culture
  • Complete rotations and become competent in all aspects of oyster cultivation
  • Collect data
  • Basic troubleshooting
  • Earn digital badges
  • Give back to the Chesapeake Bay


  • 18 years of age or older by the start of employment
  • Able to lift at least 50 pounds, this job is extremely physical
  • Commitment to working in a wet, muddy, and humid environment.
  • Able to work weekends
  • Interest in aquaculture, fisheries, biology, environmental sciences or a related field
  • Be prepared with appropriate clothing and footwear for wet and muddy conditions.
  • Commit to arrive on time
  • Reliable transportation

Pay: $15/hour before taxes paid biweekly, limited housing may be available.

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