We're Hiring! - Kelp Innovation Specialist

We're Hiring! - Kelp Innovation Specialist

Job Description: Kelp Innovation Specialist

This is a full time, seasonal position from August through mid-December that may be extended into a salaried year-round position for the right candidate.


  • Perform a variety of tasks necessary for operating a seaweed nursery that provides seed to our network of partner kelp farmers throughout the state of Maine.
  • Work with Kelp Supply Director to lead, manage, and perform experiments in the kelp nursery to help us innovate our kelp growing techniques, improve efficiency in seeding for our partner farmers, and get stronger and more predictable yield.
  • Work with Kelp Supply Director to research and develop methods for growing new species of seaweed seed
  • Conduct routine nursery tasks including water changes, tending to seaweed spools, taking growth measurements under a microscope, and maintaining a detailed scientific logbook
  • Assist in a variety of nursery expansion projects often requiring use of power equipment and an eye towards safety
  • Contribute critical thinking and innovation necessary for improving and expanding the operations of an exciting, rapidly growing business with a strong social and economic mission


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Experience working in a scientific/laboratory setting, including general understanding of sterile technique, principles of biology, and detailed note-keeping
  • Experience operating large vehicles. Possession of a Commercial Driver’s License is not required but is highly desirable.
  • Boating experience is highly desirable
  • Mechanical aptitude/experience is preferred
  • Flexibility in schedule, with ability to work early mornings, evenings, and on weekends when necessary
  • Ability to lift and move objects of up to 50lbs
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • A good attitude, and a willingness to learn during an exciting period of growth for Atlantic Sea Farms

Compensation: Competitive compensation will be offered based on experience. On the job learning is a must, and candidates with several but not all of the above qualifications are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply: please email resume and at least one professional reference to James Crimp at jcrimp@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.