Details: commensurate with experience
About Billion Oyster Project: Billion Oyster Project’s mission is to restore a sustainable oyster population to New York Harbor and to rebuild a connection to the Harbor by engaging New Yorkers directly in the work of growing and restoring one billion oysters.
Oysters were the keystone species and original ecosystem engineers of New York Harbor. Oyster reefs once covered more than 220,000 acres of the Hudson River estuary. They provided valuable ecosystem services to the region by filtering water, providing habitat for other marine species and attenuating wave energy. Today, oysters are functionally extinct in the Harbor as a result of overharvesting, dredging and pollution. The absence of oysters has impaired our estuary’s ability to clean the water and absorb excess nitrogen; the loss of reefs has reduced protective habitat, destabilized the sea floor and left our shoreline vulnerable to destructive wave action. The Billion Oyster Project aims to reverse these effects by bringing oysters and their reef habitat back to New York Harbor. Restoring oysters and reefs will, over time, restore the local marine ecosystem’s natural mechanisms for maintaining itself, resulting in cleaner water and greater biodiversity. Engaging students and the general public in this work will build a culture of stewardship and a more robust understanding and appreciation of the Harbor for future generations.
About New York Harbor School: Billion Oyster Project’s primary educational partner is Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, also called the Harbor School, a public high school located on Governors Island. This school is unique in New York City, which has 538 miles (866 km) of waterfront, in that it attempts to relate many aspects of its curriculum to the water. The school is part of the Urban Assembly network of 21 college-prep schools in New York City. Harbor School is classified as a Career and Technical Education (CTE) school and has six certificated CTE programs in marine science and technology. These are: Aquaculture, Professional Diving, Marine Biology Research, Vessel Operations, Ocean Engineering, and Marine Systems Technology. Harbor School recently launched a new CTE program in Marine Policy and Advocacy. All students are required to choose and complete one of these seven three-year courses of study.
Position Description: The Billion Oyster Project is currently seeking a reliable, skilled, and independent individual to fulfill our Hatchery Manager position.
Billion Oyster Project Professionals: BOP Pros are professionals in Marine Fields that work to implement the goals of Billion Oyster Project both through their professional work and as facilitators of Harbor School student involvement. They are tasked with supporting teaching and learning at Harbor School towards the end of maximizing high school student involvement in the work of growing and restoring oysters to New York Harbor. The Billion Oyster Project Aquaculture Professional (BOP-AP) is a BOP Pro in the fields of Aquaculture and Oyster Farming and will be responsible for advancing the oyster production goals of Billion Oyster Project while working directly with the Harbor School Aquaculture Program to facilitate student involvement in Billion Oyster Project.
Aquaculture students learn the fundamentals of water chemistry, organism biology, business and marketing. Sophomores work with local species of New York Harbor. Juniors learn dynamics of monospecies culture. Seniors apply their knowledge as part time farmers and researchers for the Billion Oyster Project. The BOP Hatchery Manager provides students in the Aquaculture program with opportunities to work in the laboratory that supplies oysters to BOP for restoration at reef sites in New York Harbor. The Hatchery Manager integrates the lab into Aquaculture lesson plans and hands-on activities, and introduces students to aquaculture and algaculture (i.e., growing algae as food for oysters). Students help maintain BOP’s floating oyster nurseries, conduct daily water changes on broodstock, prep shells for use as spat-on-shell, and learn to care for live animals in a laboratory environment.
In addition to this educational and mentorship task, the BOP-AP will work alongside BOP staff to implement a number of in-water restoration and research projects. These include in-situ oyster reef installations, aquaculture-style nurseries and ecosystem service studies. The BOP-AP will work directly with BOP’s Field and Hatchery Technicians, as well as BOP Professionals in the fields of Scuba Diving, Aquaculture, Vessel Operations, Science, and Welding. The BOP-AP will work closely with Harbor School teachers, students, and administration as well as with external partners engaged in oyster restoration work. Accordingly, commitment to and experience or interest in education and in working with public high school students is required. Candidate should be comfortable working around the water and on boats on scientific projects.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
● Actively manage & execute all phytoplankton and oyster production relevant to the BOP
● Animal husbandry of oysters, phytoplankton cultures, and student projects
● Leading a crew of 2-6 seasonal employees to reach annual oyster production goals
● Pulling, heating, and moving water via industrial equipment
● Maintaining equipment through preventative maintenance
● Report writing / documenting work completed in an organized fashion
● Train and oversee a rotating staff, as internship supervisor (NYHS students)
● Manage budgets from RFP through spending
● Must be able to work weekends as needed
Employee is a full-time employee of New York Harbor Foundation d/b/a Billion Oyster Project, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Position is a full time, year-round position and benefits include health insurance and paid vacation time.
Level of Language Proficiency
Skills & Qualifications:
● Fundamental understanding of water physics, recirculating aquaculture systems, and industrial laboratory equipment
● Excellent public speaking and communication skills; interpersonal & electronically
● Strong work ethic, professional manners, and flexibility
● Ability to abide by existing record keeping regimes, and the creativity to institute new systems
● Excellent time management skills
● Must be able to work independently as well as in a team
● Should be able to lift 50 lbs without difficulty and be able to work in a physically challenging environment
● Ability to creatively solve problems as they relate to aquaculture
● Must have leadership qualities
● Vessel operation skills are preferred
Education & Experience:
● Bachelor’s degree + 2 years experience working in a wet lab setting OR 4+ years working in a shellfish production facility
● Experience growing and maintaining phytoplankton cultures
● Experience and/or willingness to work with students
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
To apply, please submit cover letter, resume and 2 references here