Farm Intern – Hog Island Oyster Co.

Marshall, California


Here’s your chance to earn while you learn, both the farming and science aspects of running a successful, sustainable shellfish farm.  Hog Island Oyster Co. has been a producer of shellfish for over 35 years and we’re looking for qualified, self-motivated individuals who want to work in the aquaculture industry, with an emphasis in shellfish farming. This position will work directly with the Farm Crew, and Farm Managers to learn how to consistently produce quality shellfish for our restaurants and customers. Interns will also work directly with our Wholesale Crew, and Wholesale Managers to learn how to source, handle, and distribute quality shellfish to our restaurants and customers. The interns will also assist our science and research staff with collecting and recording compliance and research related data. Individuals will learn all aspects of shellfish culture, including breeding, husbandry practices, harvesting, environmental monitoring, food safety monitoring, and regulatory compliance.

To be a good fit, you must have an eye for detail, a passion for the marine environment, a willingness to collaborate and strong communication skills. This is a temporary, 8 to 12 week, full-time position that starts June 15th so apply NOW. Send us your CV and a letter of interest and tell us why you are interested in this position.

Deadline to submit applications is Sunday, March 1st.

Live to shuck, shuck to live!

At Hog Island Oyster we aim to cultivate, serve and enjoy the best oyster experience possible. We take care and effort hand raising sustainable shellfish, which we proudly serve at our farm in Marshall and our restaurants in Marshall, San Francisco, and Napa. Hog Island Oyster Co. is proud to be a certified B Corp, using business as a force for good.

What we provide:

  • Industry leading training at our Farm and processing facility as well as visits to our Humboldt Bay Nursery and Hatchery and to the UC Davis-Bodega Marine Laboratory
  • Hourly pay of $15.00/hour
  • A 40 hour per week schedule:  (5) 8-hour days per week
  • Start Date of June 15th (intern orientation week); End date is flexible but duration will be not less than 8 weeks and not more than 12 weeks

What you’ll learn:

1. Learn all practical aspects of culturing shellfish in Tomales Bay. Learn the duties and responsibilities of planting and caring for seed, of farming different species throughout their life cycle, perform growing area maintenance tasks to learn the day to day farming responsibilities, and participate in harvests. The training will include basic safety training for work at our processing facilities, boats, and growing areas.

2. Learn all practical aspects of wholesaling shellfish in California. Learn the duties and responsibilities involving receiving, handling and processing, storing, and shipping shellfish produced in different regions of the country.

3. Learn the basics of the regulatory framework that governs shellfish culture in California. Assist in conducting environmental monitoring and food safety monitoring, as well as routine marine debris pickup efforts in the bay. Also become familiar with the sanitation regulatory systems required of any shellfish producer and shipper.

4. Learn about current HIOC research projects. Monitoring seed in farm inventory as well as experimental plantings in Tomales Bay, assist in monitoring and maintenance of “alternative species” trials, and assist in maintenance of UC Davis OA instruments.

5. The HIOC Internship Program has a significant educational component beyond hands-on training. Interns will take part in weekly presentations on a variety of topics of great significance to the shellfish industry. The internship will also include a work visit to our oyster nursery in Humboldt Bay, our retail and restaurant locations in Tomales Bay, and a visit to the Bodega Marine Laboratory where we have had multiple collaborations with several labs over the years.

What we require:

  • Knowledge and interest in shellfish cultivation
  • Basic computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suit
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Basic counting and math skill
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including some nights, holidays and/or weekends; please note that hours may be weather and tide dependent
  • Comfort working in and around water and all types of weather
  • Applicants must also have a valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle. Driving between the farm and the BML and potentially other labs will likely be needed
  • Punctuality and good attendance

The following are a plus:

  • Red Cross Swim Certification
  • Bilingual skills in English and Spanish

We help and take care of each other, our customers, our communities and our planet, and we have FUN doing it, so come and join us.

At Hog Island Oyster Co. we stand for oysters, diversity and equality! This means cultivating a work place free from discrimination and harassment of any kind, and providing equal employment opportunities for all. People of all backgrounds and interests are welcome in our family. Shall we set a place at the table for you?

To apply visit Hog Island’s webiste – HERE