CCE Aquaculture Intern

Position Title: CCE Aquaculture Intern

Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Gold Star Battalion Beach Browns Rd. Huntington, NY Number Positions: Three (3) per session

Position Summary:
In partnership with the Town of Huntington, Cornell Cooperative Extension has grown and planted over two million hard clams and oysters annually in the greater Huntington-Northport Bay complex. As an added educational component to this collaboration, high school and/or college students have the opportunity to partake in a paid internship. The program will allow students to learn about shellfish aquaculture techniques including grow-out procedures, measuring growth and survival rates, and monitoring environmental parameters such as water temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, and chlorophyll. The paid internships will be offered in two four-week sessions from July 6th through 31st and from August 3rd through August 28th; the positions are full-time 30-35 hours per week. A mandatory orientation will be required prior to the start of the position. Depending on timing, this orientation may be held at the Riverhead or Huntington office.

Major Duties of Position:

  1. Work with Cornell Shellfish Biologist at Gold Star Battalion Beach, Huntington, NY.
  2. Assist with maintenance of touch tank for the Town Camp.
  3. Assist with the collection of scientific monitoring data for shellfish and water quality.
  4. Assist educator with providing general information for the public.
  5. Assist with maintenance and upkeep of floating upweller system (FLUPSY).

Qualifications and Experience Pre-requisites:

Required: Town of Huntington resident currently enrolled in High School or College. Ability to follow instructions carefully. Ability to work with others or alone with some supervision. Ability to interact effectively with the public. Ability to work outdoors under potentially adverse field conditions and perform physical tasks as needed. Knowledge of natural science, plant science or marine science. Must be able to lift 40 lbs. and handle heavy gear.

Preferred: Enrolled in a science or marine science program with a local High School. Familiarity with, or experience in, scientific sampling and marine or environmental science.

Application Process:

Visit CCE website at and select Aquaculture Intern. Download application and questionnaire and return these with resume and cover letter to Kaitlin Morris via email at: no later than May 22, 2020. Applications received after this date may not be given full consideration.


Kaitlin Morris
Marine Program Assistant

Last updated March 31, 2020