Hoopers Island Seeks Hatchery Technicians



Job Announcement: March 1, 2017

Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture Co. is a vertically integrated company located in Dorchester County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. HIOAC focuses on developing high quality equipment for the global oyster aquaculture industry and growing first class oysters for restaurants all over the country.

HIOAC is currently looking for Hatchery Technicians for their new hatchery being developed in Crocheron, Maryland. Hatchery Technicians will assist in the production of oyster larvae and seed for use on HIOAC’s farm and for other farms on the East Coast. Technicians will work under the supervision of the Hatchery Manager but also should be able to work independently.

Candidates must possess good communication skills, keep accurate and reliable data records and possess a good scientific background with laboratory experience. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

- Perform daily broodstock maintenance including: Cleaning of broodstock; Feeding; Water exchanges; and Water quality monitoring.

- Assist with the cultivation of multiple species of microalgae

- Maintain optimal growing conditions within larval tanks

- Participate in setting of oyster larvae

- Monitor water quality conditions

- Collect data on larval growth rates, health and activity levels throughout their development

- Data entry and statistical analysis


Candidates must have a Bachelor’s of Science in Marine Biology, Biology, Environmental Science or related fields, however, experience working in a shellfish hatchery can replace a degree. Must have basic laboratory skills and be able to work as part of a team. All candidates must be able to lift 30 pounds and be willing to work weekends and holidays. Hatchery conditions are often times very hot and humid and require faculty to work irregular hours.


Compensation will vary based on the applicant and be determined by their qualification level


Application package should include a detailed resume with three references including contact information and a cover letter.Application packages and any questions should be emailed to: Jordan Shockley,

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