Insternship opportunity for students: Culture of oysters and algae

[USA] The student will participate in a range of activities related to the culture of oysters. These will include culture of microalgae, rearing oyster larvae and juvenile oysters in batch and flow-through systems, planting and harvesting oysters at various test sites on the West Coast.

Most of the activities will be related to an oyster breeding program called “The Molluscan Broodstock Program” see:

The student will be expected to participate in both laboratory and field work. In the field, the student will be expected to work in (sometimes) inclement weather and muddy conditions.

At the end of the summer the student will have learnt:

  • oyster and microalgal culture techniques
  • design and execution of experiments in the laboratory and field
  • collection and management of data from laboratory and field experiments
  • report writing skills, that include data presentation and simple statistics (most statistical analyses will be undertaken by others in the team).

A report on the student’s experience and learning outcomes will be expected at the end of the summer.


The students should be self-motivated, self-reliant and eager to learn new techniques and skills. The student should posses “common sense” and be able to make day-to-day decisions without a lot of supervision. The student should be comfortable working with animals under (sometimes) inclement weather and muddy conditions. The student will need to be able to carry a 20 lb load (bag of oysters) over a distance of 100 yards.

The student will be expected to work up to 40 h per week during the 12 week period, although a flexible schedule will be possible if the student wants to take time off for personal reasons.

Student needed: June 20th – Sept 20th

Faculty mentor name: Chris Langdon

BES Facility:  COMES/Newport

Location (town) of internship: Newport

Hourly Salary: $12.5

Expected hours/week: 12 weeks (3 months)

Student may be asked to work on weekends or outside of 8-5: Yes.  No more than one weekend every month may be required to help in the culture of oysters – other members of the team will share this responsibility. Students my also need to participate in one or two field trips that can occur over weekends.

Includes a Housing Benefit in addition to hourly salary: Yes.  A housing allowance of up to $275 per month will be provided to cover the costs of a shared HMSC apartment. If you are accepted as a BES student for this project, you will need to reserve an apartment ASAP with Melody Pfister at HMSC as housing is often in short supply in summer.

Student will have interaction with minors or access to hazardous chemicals, as student will need to complete a criminal background check: No

Student will be operating vehicles or farm equipment/machinery, as student will need to submit a driving background: Yes – driving a state vehicle.


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