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Founded in 1994, the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) is a conservation organization committed to maximizing the economic, conservation, and societal benefits of healthy estuarine ecosystems with a focus on the Chesapeake Bay. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to advance oyster restoration, oyster aquaculture, and the sustainable management of Chesapeake Bay fisheries resources. We adhere to the values of integrity, dedication, hard work and respect for diversity, and are committed to putting these values into practice. We work with all sectors that have an interest in improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its oyster population and we will not stop until the job is done.

The Oyster Recovery Partnership offers competitive compensation, 401k savings-plan with matching contribution, excellent benefits, flexible work policies, a collaborative work environment, and professional and personal development opportunities.


ORP is seeking a full-time Shell Collection and Delivery Technician to support the organization’s Shell Recycling Alliance (SRA). Each year millions of oyster shells are lost to landfills in the Mid-Atlantic region. SRA works with restaurants, local municipalities, and a diverse range of partners to provide simple solutions to recycling oyster shells for restoration of Chesapeake Bay oyster populations.


Major responsibilities include daily collection and delivery of recycled oyster shells 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. At a minimum this position will support the following programmatic activities:

  1. Manage daily collection of oyster shells for the Shell Recycling Alliance (SRA):
    1. 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.
    2. Interact with restaurant and other partner personnel.
    3. Communicate with hatchery staff to transport live oysters as part of the Marylanders Grow Oysters program (MGO).
  2. Maintain basic truck operations (fueling, checking fluid levels, applying lubricants, inspecting/reporting operational condition daily).


  • 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)
  • Completion or partial completion of post-secondary education; biology, environmental sciences, or logistics studies a plus


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:

Tommy Price, Shell Recycling Alliance Operations Manager, tprice@oysterrecovery.org


No phone calls, please.



Fisheries Dockside  Monitor

The Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) is seeking to hire a part-time Fisheries Dockside Monitor to support a project to verify daily charter boat and commercial oyster and clam harvest occurring in Western Maryland counties on the Chesapeake Bay (Eastern shore dockside monitors have already been hired).  Dockside monitors will be responsible for intercepting charter boat captains and commercial oyster and clam harvesters at the dock to verify harvest amounts and species during the offload process.


Dockside monitors will be expected to work independently from home to conduct weekly spot checks of charter boat, oyster, and clam harvest when the fisheries are active. The charter boat fishery is active between May 1 and Mid-December. Oyster and clam seasons will be active beginning in September and ending March 31st, 2022. Monitors will participate in multiple training events to learn harvest documentation procedures and other details required to affectively document harvest.  Dockside monitors will be provided tablet computers with software to schedule spot checks and document and submit monitored harvest.  Dockside monitors will be hired, managed, and paid through one of ORP’s project partner firm. ORP and its partners adhere to standard Covid-19 safety protocols that will be part of training and must be followed while interacting with commercial fishing representatives and the public.

  •  Monitors will be operational from May 2021 to March 2022 corresponding with charter boat and commercial oyster seasons in Maryland.
  •  Harvest occurs 7 days a week.  Monitors will operate daily within 4-hour time blocks.  Monitors will be scheduled between 3 and 4 days a week, 12 days a month total, but up to 7 days per week could occur under certain circumstances.


  • Reliable transportation to perform monitoring duties.
  • Effective communication and interview skills and ability to handle difficult interpersonal situations if they occur.
  • Ability to follow Covid-19 safety protocols.
  • Ability to work independently to intercept daily fishery offload locations.
  • Ability to understand specifics related to Maryland Chesapeake Bay fisheries, target species, and common terminology.
  • Competency using tablet computers, applications for data collection and reporting, measuring scales, or ability to learn.
  • Ability to maintain weekly schedule with and coordinate with project supervisor.
  • Ability to travel to other Chesapeake Bay regions outside of your own if needed.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds.


  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Reliable source of transportation for driving to harvest offload locations.
  • Ability to learn and follow harvest reporting guidelines and data collection procedures.
  • Interest in fisheries management.
  • Dockside monitoring provides an independent third-party process to verify charter boat harvest and qualified dockside monitors should not be affiliated with Maryland’s commercial fishing industry.

Monitors will be compensated for daily 4-hour time blocks at a rate of $13/hr.  Monitors will also be reimbursed for mileage using Maryland’s State mileage rate.

To apply, please send a resume to Jennifer Walters, jwalters@oysterrecovery.org.

No phone calls, please.