We’re hiring

ORP is currently hiring for the following positions:


Primary Role and Functions:

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 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.

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 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).

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

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: Tommy Price, tprice@oysterrecovery.org

No phone calls please


The Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) is hiring two part-time Fisheries Dockside Monitors to verify daily charter boat harvest occurring on the Chesapeake Bay. Verification supports an electronic harvest reporting program for Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay fisheries. Dockside monitors will be responsible for intercepting charter boat captains at the dock to verify the species and amount harvested during the offload process.

Job Summary: Dockside monitors will be expected to work independently from home to conduct spot checks at charter boat landing locations during the 2022 charter season. Monitors must be available to participate in trainings to learn harvest documentation procedures. Dockside monitors will be provided tablet computers with software to schedule spot checks and document and submit monitored harvest.

When:  June 2022-September 2022, although there is potential for continued activity beyond this timeframe.

Weekly Hours:  Harvest occurs seven days a week. Monitors will be scheduled for four hours per shift for three to four days a week (total of 12 shifts per month).

Compensation:  Monitors will be compensated for four hour shifts at a rate of $15/hr.  Monitors will be reimbursed for mileage using Maryland’s State mileage rate.

Where: A dockside monitor will be hired in close proximately to each of the following locations:

  • Northwest portion of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, with most landings occurring at locations spanning from Middle River to Annapolis, MD.
  • Northeast portion of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, with most landings spanning from Kent Island to Rock Hall, MD.


  • Reliable transportation to perform monitoring duties.
  • Effective communication and interview skills and ability to handle difficult interpersonal situations if they occur while maintaining professionalism.
  • 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. This includes the ability to learn to rapidly identify Chesapeake Bay fish species during spot checks (training will be provided).
  • Competent using tablet computers, applications for data collection and reporting, measuring scales, or ability to learn.
  • Ability to maintain weekly schedule and coordinate with project supervisor.
  • Ability to travel to other Chesapeake Bay regions if needed.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 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.

Additional Information:

  • Dockside monitors will be hired, managed, and paid through one of ORP’s project partner firms. ORP and its partners adhere to CDC Covid-19 guidelines.
  • Appropriate safety protocols (wear masks, consent to temperature checks, maintaining social distance, etc.) must be followed while interacting with commercial or recreational fishing representatives and the public.

About us:

The Oyster Recovery Partnership is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that designs, promotes, and implements consensus-based and sustainable shellfish ecological restoration, aquaculture, and commercial fishery activities to improve the environment and expand economic opportunities in the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays and beyond.

This position is open until filled. Interviews of qualified applicants will be scheduled for early May 2022.

For consideration, please send resume to Eric Amrhein, eamrhein@oysterrecovery.org
Attn: Job Opening – Fisheries Dockside Monitor. Note: Please specify which location you are applying for in your application.