Seaweed Cultivation Intern

Seaweed Cultivation Intern

Atlantic Sea Farms is a brand with a robust social and environmental mission and ambitious growth goals. We pride ourselves on building a company and team with integrity that is fiercely dedicated to our social mission to grow the kelp aquaculture industry for Maine and create opportunities for our working waterfront community. We are offering internship opportunities this summer in our Seaweed Cultivation Center for science-focused students (undergraduate or graduate level). This is an unpaid summer internship and we are willing to partner with institutions to help secure financial aid and/or educational credits for participating in this internship. 


Responsibilities

Works as part of the ASF Seaweed Supply Team and reports directly to ASF’s Seaweed Scientist. In conjunction with the Supply Team, the position will be responsible for maintaining a clean cultivation environment, monitoring cultivation tanks, conducting experiments to improve our cultivation practices and expand our growth of various species of seaweeds, and working in our laboratory. Work will primarily be in our Seaweed Cultivation Center (Biddeford, Maine) but may require occasional travel to field sites.

Qualifications

Successful candidates will have some experience in all four of the categories listed below. We provide training, so individuals who have experience in at least two areas are still encouraged to apply.

  • Laboratory Experience. Working with and maintaining sterile conditions, handling chemicals in a safe manner, performing serial dilutions and calculating concentrations, and familiarity with basic laboratory PPE use (e.g. gloves, eye-protection & clothing).
  • Microscopy Experience.  Familiarity with light microscopy and a basic understanding of magnification, light polarization and cell counts. Advanced candidates will have some experience identifying kelp gametophyte stages and/or common phytoplankton taxa.
  • Aquaculture Experience. Maintaining a clean working environment is paramount. Candidates should have some experience with tank husbandry, including water exchanges, recording physical parameters (e.g. temperature, nutrients and light) and monitoring for fouling.
  • Data Collection. Candidates should have experience conducting experiments, including collecting the data and analyzing the results for preliminary trends. Proper organization of data-sheets and consistent observations are key.

 Additional Requirements:

At least one year of post-secondary education (or 2 years of relevant work experience). Must be able to lift 40lbs independently and be able to work safely in a wet environment with limited space. Ability to work both independently and in a small team in a fast-paced, high-growth company.

All interested applicants should apply with resume and cover letter to Thew Suskiewicz, ASF’s Seaweed Scientist:Tsuskiewicz@atlanticseafarms.com

Ocean Approved, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.