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Shellfish Production Technician

Downeast Institute Beals, ME

August 31, 2021



The Shellfish Production Technician will assist DEI’s Aquaculture Production and Research Assistants develop, implement, and evaluate methods relating to the production of marine bivalves and other invertebrates at DEI’s Center for Shellfish Production and Research, as well as tidal impoundments, and offsite rearing locations (nursery, growout, and field research sites). This is a full-time, hourly position.

Duties Include:

  • Assist with the production of microalgae stock and mass cultures
  • Perform sanitation and preparation of shellfish production equipment and systems
  • Assist with spawning and rearing of juvenile shellfish
  • Assist with field-based experiments
  • Conduct public tours of DEI
  • Assist with supervision of UMM and other undergraduates during summer and/or during fall/spring semester as needed
  • Assist with other duties or functions as needed.

Position Duration:

12-month appointment renewed annually, and contingent on successful fundraising.

Position Location:

Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education, Wildflower Lane, Black Duck Cove, Beals, Maine as well as off-campus field sites as determined by research needs.


The Shellfish Production Technician reports to an Aquaculture Production and Research Assistant. Annual performance evaluations will be performed and may lead to advancement.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

The Shellfish Production Technician may share in the direction and supervision of summer interns and other students working at the facility.

Work Timeframe:

12-month appointment, January 1 to December 31. The workweek is a minimum of five days and may include weekends. The workday is 8:30 AM to 5 PM, or as designated by the Director of Research for specific project needs.


B.S. in marine biology, marine ecology, aquaculture, zoology, or related fields preferred but not required. Computer proficiency and strong skills in oral communication are required. The flexibility to work occasional early mornings and evenings is expected, as well in flexibility around days of the week that will be worked. The ability to travel to field sites, work outdoors occasionally year-round and work while standing, and a valid driver’s license is required. Must be able to lift 50 to 100 lbs and walk/work on mudflats.