ORP is currently seeking a technician to assist with various monitoring and restoration activities. This contract position is a 1-year appointment that is full-time hourly (40 hours/week) without benefits. Compensation will be $15 per hour. The primary duty station for this position is Annapolis, Maryland, with frequent travel to Cambridge. A majority of the time will be outdoors and in the field. Frequent in-state travel using the candidate’s personal vehicle is required.  A 90-day probationary period applies to this position. Employment beyond the 1-year appointment is dependent upon individual performance and availability of funding. Expected employment from April 2021 through March 2022.

The technician’s role will be assisting the Coastal Resources Team with both Fisheries and Oyster Restoration programs at ORP. The main projects involved in both the Fisheries and Oyster Restoration programs are the Electronic Harvest Reporting Project, oyster habitat assessment and annual monitoring, and planting spat on shell in state oyster sanctuaries. Planting activities will require coordination with ORP staff, the UMCES Horn Point hatchery, and vessel captains.

Specific duties will include:

  • Participating in spat on shell plantings and using ArcGIS to record planting activities
  • Maintaining and deploying water quality monitoring equipment
  • Data management and data entry, analysis and report writing
  • Participating as a team member on oyster reef monitoring surveys
  • Conducting commercial fisheries harvest verification
  • Supporting education and community outreach events


  • BS in environmental sciences, biology, natural resources management, fisheries, or related field
  • Experience with ArcGIS software and creating maps with spatial data
  • Experience on vessels, working on the water, and collecting environmental data
  • Ability to work long, irregular hours if needed (including travel to restoration tributaries throughout the state)

Additional Information:

  • At this time, the majority of this position will be remote, with exceptions for fieldwork and oyster planting activities.
    • When conducting fieldwork or planting activities, all staff are expected to follow CDC guidelines in relation to Covid-19 (masks, temperature checks, maintaining social distance, etc).
  • Technicians are expected to attend bi-weekly staff meetings.
  • Reimbursements for mileage, meals, and other qualifying expenses are available for travel and field activities.

About us:

The Oyster Recovery Partnership is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that designs, promotes and implements consensus-based and scientifically-sustainable shellfish ecological restoration, aquaculture and commercial fishery activities to improve the environment and expand economic opportunities in the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays and beyond.

For consideration, please send cover letter and resume to:

Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2021.