Job Opportunities

Shellfish Farm Manager – Nisqually Tribe

NATURE OF WORK: This position is responsible for managing operations, supervising employees, and leading marketing efforts of shellfish grown at tribally owned or leased properties.


    • Manage and oversee all operational functions of the shellfish farm.
    • Plan, manage, and perform tasks and projects related to farm development, operations, and monitoring.
    • Manage, supervise and train technicians and other shellfish farm employees.
    • Establish and maintain financial records.
    • Establish and maintain inventory and quality control methods.
    • Develop, monitor, and revise shellfish farming plans.
    • Research and purchase equipment and supplies.
    • Develop marketing plan and lead marketing efforts of shellfish grown on tribally owned or leased properties.
    • Schedule farming tasks from seeding to harvest.
    • Work with, guide and educate production staff and management to ensure compliance with applicable regulatory requirements including those from the Department of Health, Thurston County, and WDFW.
    • Other duties as assigned.

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Algologist/Biological Sciences Research Technician – Oregon State University

The Molluscan Broodstock Program is hiring a full-time Algologist/Biological Sciences Research Technician for the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station at Oregon State University. This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 2 years from the appointment start date with the possibility of renewal dependent on funding. The Molluscan Broodstock Program is a research program located in Newport, Oregon that works in partnership with the West Coast oyster industry to improve the performance of Pacific Oysters through genetic selection.

You can review the full job posting and apply using the Classified Staff link on the Oregon State University job page or follow the provided link: Application deadline is February 23, 2020. 

Global Aquaculture Communications Assistant – The Nature Conservancy

Arlington, Virginia, USA strongly preferred. Other locations may be negotiable. AA100

Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 74 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.

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Habitat Programs Technician – PSRF

Technician Position Description
Olympia Oyster and Bull Kelp Habitat Recovery Programs

Puget Sound Restoration Fund (PSRF) seeks a Habitat Programs Technician to provide core capacity for our Olympia Oyster and Bull Kelp Habitat Restoration Programs. S/he will have a wide range of responsibilities, supporting the Olympia Oyster and Bull Kelp Habitat Recovery Programs Director to advance habitat recovery program goals. The Technician will work directly with Director of the Olympia Oyster and Bull Kelp Habitat Recovery Programs to develop and implement restoration projects, monitoring campaigns and applied research in the laboratory and field. The Technician’s functions include logistics support, materials sourcing and acquisition, minor fabrication, equipment/apparatus development and construction with a variety of materials. Another key function is to assist with biological surveys and studies, including sample collection, preservation, and processing; data collection and archiving; and maintenance of live cultures. The Technician will operate power hand tools and engines, perform animal and plant collection and husbandry, and collect, process, and manage data in both field and laboratory settings. Field work occurs throughout the year in various locations across Puget Sound, and involves work on beaches, from small boats, and with SCUBA. As field activities are scheduled in accordance with the tides, the Technician is expected to periodically work odd hours, days and during inclement weather. Most field work is done in teams, but occasionally is done independently, safety permitting.

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Nursery Manager – Clam Fresh Enterprises

Island Enterprises Incorporated

Position: Nursery Manager (Full Time)
Company: Clam Fresh Enterprises  
Date: January 16, 2020
Hourly Rate: $19 – $30
Reports to: Tyler Johns (Operations Manager) 

SUMMARY: This is a management position for shellfish nursey operations at Clam Fresh Enterprises. The manager occupying this position is responsible for oversight of land base shellfish nursery, flupsy, algae grow operation, supervision of nursery staff, monitoring nursery systems, reporting to operations manager, communication with larvae vendors. Employee must be available during weekends when needed.

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Program Manager – Puget Sound Restoration Fund

Position Description:

Olympia Oyster and Bull Kelp Habitat Recovery Programs

Puget Sound Restoration Fund (PSRF) seeks a Program Manager to provide core support for our Olympia Oyster and Bull Kelp Habitat Restoration Programs. S/he will have a wide range of responsibilities, working directly with the Olympia Oyster and Bull Kelp Habitat Recovery Programs Director to increase the operational capacity of both programs to advance habitat recovery program goals. S/he will develop and manage grants and contracts, including budgets, communications, reporting and invoicing. The Program Manager will be responsible for developing, submitting and tracking compliance for regulatory permits that authorize in-water restoration work for both programs. Another primary duty will be to work with the Program Director to organize, analyze and use data and model outputs from field surveys, monitoring, and research conducted by PSRF and others. In addition to reporting for grants and contracts, the Program Manager will prepare, deliver and curate accurate, engaging and quality reports to funders and partners. Lastly, s/he will assist with field and lab work as needed. PSRF is a team environment, and s/he will have support from the Program Director and other PSRF staff to ensure tasks are successfully accomplished.

The successful Program Manager will be detail-oriented and have strong communication and collaboration skills. Accuracy is critically important in many aspects of this work, as is the ability to develop and convey clear, timely, and persuasive communications verbally and in writing. The Program Manager will need to work efficiently and often independently to see tasks through to completion. Scheduling, time management, effective administration and regular communications with the Program Director and other team members will be essential to advance these multi-faceted programs. To thrive, the Program Manager will need to comfortably manage multiple projects, at different stages, with shifting priority levels.

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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.

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Hawai’i Island Aquaculture Extension Agent – Hawai’i Sea Grant

Assistant Extension Agent (Position #0088254T)

Location: Honolulu, HI
Job Type: Full-Time Temporary
Department: University of Hawai’i at Manoa – SOEST – Sea Grant College Program
Job Number: 2019-01470
Closing: 1/13/2020 11:59 PM Hawaii
Position Number: 0088254T
Description Title: Assistant Extension Agent
Position Number: 0088254T
Hiring Unit: University of Hawai’i Sea Grant College Program
Location: Hawai’i Island
Date Posted: December 16, 2019
Closing Date: January 13, 2020

The University of Hawai’i Sea Grant College Program (Hawai’i Sea Grant) conducts an integrated program of research, outreach, and education in support of the wise stewardship of marine resources and sustainable coastal communities. This Program is one of thirty-four (34) Sea Grant College Programs in the United States. Core funding is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Under the general supervision of the Hawai’i Sea Grant director, associate director/extension leader, and program leader, this position will serve communities in Hawai’i and the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands through an innovative extension program on aquaculture that supports the Sea Grant sustainable fisheries and aquaculture focus area.

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Executive Administrative Assistant, 20 – 25 hours per week

The Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association (PCSGA) is a non-profit (501c6) organization that supports producers of mussels, clams, oysters, and geoduck in the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii. The Association, based in Olympia, Washington, is governed by a Board of Directors and is staffed by four employees. PCSGA advocates on behalf of a healthy marine environment, builds relationships with state and federal agencies, and supports industry research. The function of the Executive Administrative Assistant is to support the daily administrative functions of the Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association and its members.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Perform general administrative functions including but not limited to:
– Correspond regularly with members and public
– Format, proofread, and edit documents
– Manage Association calendar
– Schedule and staff internal and external meetings
– Receive and respond to phone calls and email
– Copy, fax, mail
– Track inventory and reorder supplies
• Take meeting minutes, including monthly board meetings, and prepare for distribution
• Assist with managing content of PCSGA website
• Assist with all aspects of event meeting and tour planning
• Manage membership database, including annual update of member information
• Conduct media scans for industry related news
• Other duties as assigned

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Fisheries/Aquaculture Sciences Adjunct Instructor(s) – Bellingham Technical College

Bellingham Technical College is seeking a full-time (or multiple part-time) adjunct instructor(s) to teach various courses in our Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences program beginning in late January, 2020 through the end of Spring quarter (June 24, 2020). The teaching schedule will vary based on student and college needs and is expected to include instructional strategies that use in-person, simulation, blended, online, and hands on techniques.

The Fisheries & Aquaculture Sciences program prepares students for employment in a variety of fisheries occupations with emphasis on field sampling techniques and aquaculture. Teaching content may include such subjects as: shellfish and finfish growth, nutrition, and diseases, freshwater ecology, oceanography, geographic information systems, introductory aquaculture, fisheries biology, advanced sampling techniques and other related courses.

To read more about this position and how to apply, please click here – Fisheries-Aquaculture Sciences Adjunct Instructor(s).