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Oyster Aquaculture Summer Intern - Norumbega Oyster Inc.

Norumbega Oyster Inc. Damariscotta/Edgecomb, ME


Internship Timeframe & Anticipated Work Schedule
Summer Full-Time 12 weeks (480 hours - starting in May/early June), Summer Full-time 10 weeks (400 hours - starting in late June)
This position is 4 days per week, 8-10 hours per day, with the option of working a fifth day.

Job Description
The intern will be exposed to all aspects of oyster farming and culture, from initial nursery/upweller work, to oyster bag and cage work, to bottom harvesting and processing.
The intern will learn the basics of oyster farming and, once accomplished, will move on to learn more detailed aspects of oyster farming. These roles will expose the intern to 2 to 3 different ways to grow oysters to market size, as well as expose them to a core crew that have been working on the water and with oysters from anywhere from 10-20 years. The core crew have all been employed at Norumbega for at least 10 years and are a wealth of knowledge about oyster farming. The intern will be overseen by the owner (Eric Peters) and the assigned supervisors of the day to day tasks.

Skills & Physical Requirements
The ideal intern should possess beginner to proficient boat handling skills and ability to learn tasks quickly and efficiently. They must be friendly and hardworking.

The intern must be able to lift up to 25 pounds and be able to get on and off a boat without assistance.

Employer Description
Our company began in 2005 with a couple 100,000 oyster seed and has grown incrementally every year since. From 2005-2013 we raised oysters in bags on the surface and bottom planted all of them for harvest 2 years later. Since 2013 we have continued bottom planting and harvesting, and have incorporated cage culture into our company. This has allowed us to grow and harvest oysters throughout the winter months, which was not possible before with bottom harvesting.