2023 Oyster Aquaculture Science

The Brady lab is searching for an intern to join our team for the 2023 summer season. Based at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine, our work has been focused on expanding knowledge and data in Maine’s oyster aquaculture industry. This research aims to broaden our understanding of oyster morphology through environmental inputs and grow out methods. Our intern will be heavily involved with data collection in both the field and lab.

The ideal candidate would be a hardworking individual who is self-motivated and independent, but also can work efficiently in collaborative projects. Prior laboratory / field experience is not a requirement. However, they should have some interest in marine biology. Interns should be able to adjust to flexible work hours, will be handling live oysters, and lifting 45 lbs. Successful applicants will be a current undergraduate in marine biology, general biology, or a related field. Laboratory and/or field experience is preferred but again not required. Proficient in MS Word, Excel or R, and a familiarity with databases. A reliable vehicle and driver’s license are required.

Responsibilities include with additional opportunities:

– Measuring and restocking oyster bags and cages

– Deploying, cleaning, and maintaining farm gear

– Running meat weight analysis on oysters

– Management of monitoring equipment

– Prepare lab and field equipment

– Data management

The internship will run from mid – May (with some flexibility) to mid – August and consist of up to 40-hour weeks with a stipend of $16.00 an hour. Housing options; possibly available. Experience in data collection and working in a lab setting is not a requirement. This is a great opportunity for early career scientists who are looking to gain knowledge and hands-on experience in bivalve aquaculture both in the field and lab setting.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Robert.cuddy@maine.edu by March 1, 2023, for consideration.