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The Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) is seeking a full-time Shell Collection and Delivery Technician to support the organization’s Shell Recycling Alliance (SRA). Each year thousands of oyster shells get thrown into the landfill by citizens and local restaurants. The SRA Program works with local municipalities and restaurateurs to provide simple solutions to recycle oyster shell for us in restoring Chesapeake Bay oyster populations. Major responsibilities include collecting and delivering recycled oyster shell weekly from around the Baltimore/Washington DC metro area, driving stake body trucks to transport shell, compiling and managing shell collection data, and interacting with the public.

Location: The position will be based in Annapolis, MD.

Job Duties:

At a minimum this position will support the following programmatic activities:

  1. Manage daily collection of oyster shells for the Shell Recycling Alliance (SRA):
    • Weekly trips to collect oyster and clam shell containers at metro region restaurants. Must be able to drive medium duty, Class 305, non CDL trucks.
    • Interact with restaurant and other partner personnel.
    • Communicate with Hatchery staff to order oysters and schedule deliveries.
  2. Maintain basic truck operations (fueling, checking fluid levels, applying lubricants, inspecting/reporting operational condition daily).

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Valid driver’s license; CDL license a plus
  • Participation in ORP drug testing program
  • Ability to provide evidence of clean driving record
  • Experience interacting and communicating with diverse groups
  • Ability to work independently and manage and schedule multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to effectively communicate schedules and progress
  • Knowledge and understanding of job safety practices
  • Ability to cope in physically demanding work environment on a daily basis
  • Able to lift or move objects up to 60 pounds, climb into and out of vehicles 4’ high and travel over uneven terrain such as; Mud, Gravel, Sand, Rocks, Ice & Snow

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Detect and react to warning signals at work sites (full visual and hearing)
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite Software (Access Database a plus)
  • High School diploma / GED as required.

Position Status and Benefits:

The position is a full-time permanent (40 hours) with full benefits including health, 401K, and paid time off. Salary is commensurate with experience. Travel in vehicles within MD and neighboring states is required for this position.

For consideration, please send cover letter and resume to: wslacum@oysterrecovery.org

No phone calls, please.



ORP has an immediate opening for a 6-month restoration field technician contract position. This position is responsible for boarding and directing large fishing vessels contracted to plant oysters in various Maryland tributaries. The majority of the trips will originate from Horn Point Laboratory, but trips may originate in other tributaries and may require overnight travel or long hours to complete. Applicants must have prior boating experience and be comfortable spending long days, sometimes up to 12 hours on a vessel. Applicants should also have working knowledge of the geographic information systems (GIS) program ArcGIS at a basic level.

Specific duties will include:

  • Documenting oyster restoration activities on large vessels in Maryland tributaries
  • Using ArcGIS to document oyster restoration activities
  • Maintaining and deploying water quality monitoring equipment
  • Collecting representative spat on shell samples from oyster plantings
  • Data management, analysis, and report writing
  • Participating as a team member on oyster reef monitoring surveys

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor or pursuit of college degree
  • Experience using ArcGIS software
  • Documented boating experience
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Must possess reliable transportation
  • Some overnight travel is required

Position Details and Benefits:

This contract position is a 6-month appointment that is full-time hourly (40 hours/week) without benefits. Compensation will be $15 to $20 per hour. A majority of the time will be outdoors and in the field. Periodic in-state travel to field locations and meetings is required. Employment beyond the original appointment is dependent upon individual performance and availability of funding.
This position is open until filled. Interviews of qualified applicants will be scheduled beginning May 6, 2019.

For consideration, please send cover letter and resume to: wslacum@oysterrecovery.org

No phone calls, please.