Job title: Shellfish Hatchery Internship
Job type: Permanent
Emp type: Part-time
Location: Fort Pierce, Florida
  • Aquaculture
  • Fish farming
Job published: 09/09/2019
Job ID: 32060

Job Description

Paid Internship
Bivalve Hatchery/Nursery Technician for a Production Facility.


Reports To
The hatchery/nursery technician- Intern will report to the senior biologist/hatchery manager.

Job Overview
This position calls for a motivated and hardworking individual(s) with marine science, biology, husbandry, or similar background for a bivalve production facility. The hatchery/nursery technician is responsible for the daily maintenance of the hatchery/nursery; including, but not limited to: broodstock, larval, seed production and microalgae duties. These duties include stock management through all phases, tank cleaning, tank filling, moving hoses, operating pumps, handling disinfectant chemicals and fertilizers, performing algae inoculations, etc. Will be working in a physically challenging environment. Must be willing to work weekends. This position is PART-TIME, with potential for a FULL-TIME offer.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Large-scale microalgae cultivation and maintenance.
  • Proper tank/equipment cleaning, preparation and storing.
  • Broodstock/Nursery/Larval cleaning, feeding, maintenance, & sampling.
  • General data collection and laboratory record taking.
  • Collecting samples and performing stock assessments (i.e. algae cell, larval, and seed count counting).
  • Handling disinfectant chemicals and fertilizers.
  • Preparation of sales- seed size grading/sieving, counting, volumizing, bagging, labelling, etc.
  • Monitor the overall health of the hatchery/nursery.
  • Working on slippery and uneven terrain (steps, decking, plumbing, etc.).
  • Keep a clean and neat work environment following each task and end of the day.
  • Recording procedures.
  • Maintaining water quality- pH control, conditioning, filtration maintenance, line cleaning, etc.
  • Keeping algae cultures and equipment clean.


  • Past marine science, biology, fisheries, or any other related field aquatic husbandry production experience.
  • Requires a team player and positive attitude.
  • Ability to willingly and promptly take directions, change tasks, prioritize workload, and work efficiently.
  • Basic laboratory skills.
  • Intermediate math skills.
  • Experience composing SOP manuals.
  • Motivated, driven, hardworking, detail-oriented, and focused.
  • Willingness to work weekends.
  • Must be able to work in hot, humid, wet, and challenging environments.
  • Lift ~50 lbs. or more on a frequent basis.
  • Must be US citizen.