Southold Aquaculture Intern

Department: Marine Program

Position Title: CCE Shellfish Aquaculture Intern

Location: Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center, 3690 Cedar Beach Road Southold, New York 11971

Number of Positions: (3) summer internships

Position Summary:

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County (CCE) has spawned and grown millions of shellfish over the course of the last 20+ years at the Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center at Cedar Beach in Southold.In keeping with this work CCE has recently received a grant with the Governor’s office and the New York State Department of Environmental conservation to spawn and plant 140 million seed sized (~25mm) hard clams (Mercenaria mercenaria) and spat on shell Eastern Oysters (Crassostrea virginica) over the next two years.There are many technical and logistical challenges to growing shellfish to this size and we have the opportunity to offer a few competitive aquaculture internships to those who desire to learn about these challenges.

These internships will give students hands on training in the world of shellfish aquaculture including helping with conditioning shellfish for spawning, growing different types of algae to be used as shellfish food, care and maintenance of larval and juvenile shellfish, learning how an aquaculture facility works, water quality monitoring and site selection parameters for clam suitability in the wild.

We will host (3) summer long internships, starting July 9th and ending August 24th. Intern’s will work 30-35 hours per week between the hours of 9am and 3:30pm with ½ hour for lunch.A mandatory orientation will be required prior to the start of the internship.This orientation may occur at the Riverhead or Southold location.


Required: Current enrollment in a local high school or a recent graduate.The ability to learn new tasks as part of a team or individually under some supervision.The ability to interact effectively with the public.The ability to work outdoors and in a hatchery environment potentially under adverse conditions.Perform physical tasks as assigned, lifting gear that may weigh up to 40 pounds.

Preferred: Enrolled in or have completed science or marine science classes with a local high school. Familiarity with or experience in scientific sampling and or environmental science sampling procedures.

Application process:

Visit the CCE website at and select Southold Aquaculture Intern. 

Download application and questionnaire and return them filled out to Tyrand Booker via email at: or mail them to Cornell Cooperative Extension, 423 Griffing Ave. Suite 100, Riverhead, NY 11901 no later than May 25, 2018. Applications received after this date may not receive full consideration.


Tyrand Booker
Marine Administrative Assistant
631-727-7850 x 326

Last updated March 14, 2018