Oyster Aquaculture Training Program – Apply Now!

The Oyster Aquaculture Training Program (OAT) administered by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Technology Center, Gloucester Pt, VA is seeking another round of applicants for the 2015 season.  The program is a six month hands-on program, focusing on various principles of oyster aquaculture.  Participants will be learning and working alongside researchers during our oyster hatchery season from April to September. They will receive an hourly salary for the duration of their involvement.   A maximum of four participants will be accepted into the training program to ensure a one-on-one experience.  Participants will be expected to work Monday through Friday, 40 hours a week during normal business hours, and occasional weekends.  The program is from April 1st through September 30th 2015.

During the six month program, participants will rotate through various stages of oyster aquaculture, from our hatchery and field grow-out operations, to our laboratory.  Moving through these rotations will allow the participants to achieve a sound understanding of all phases of the oyster life-cycle.  In addition to hands-on experience, regular lectures will also be conducted to provide participants with background information.  These lectures will include worldwide aquaculture, oyster biology, and oyster diseases and predators, for example.  Field trips will be taken to various research and commercial hatcheries, along with visits to farms and shucking houses to demonstrate or expose participants to different methods and aspects of oyster aquaculture.

By the end of the program, participants will have a clear understanding of various areas of oyster aquaculture and will be confident in their ability to perform tasks in both oyster hatchery and field operations.  More information is available at http://www.vims.edu/research/units/centerspartners/abc/oat/index.php

Applications are accepted online at W&M (https://jobs.wm.edu)  and must include a cover letter/candidate statement stating interest in oyster aquaculture.  The statement is a key criterion for selection that must emphasize level of interest and relevance, not necessarily prior experience or education.  Select box for Hourly Positions, and select Oyster Aquaculture Training Program Participant, TT0253V.”  Information on how to apply can be accessed by clicking on “Apply For This Posting.”

Applications are due February 22, 2015.
For any questions please contact Debbrah Pelata, ABC Hiring Manager, dpelata@vims.edu.