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Summer 2024 Internship

Matheson Oyster Company is looking for positive and self-motivated individuals who are interested in spending their summer at an oyster company. Working on an oyster farm requires hard work, diligence, and an easy-going temperament; if you get gratification from working with your hands, this would be a great fit for you. No previous experience in shellfish necessary; we are interested in applicants of all backgrounds - not just the sciences.


Over the course of the summer, you will:


  • Gain experience and understand farming technique of longline and floating oyster gear

  • Learn how to take care of oyster seed and nursery best practices

  • Assist with general maintenance and upkeep of the farm and facility

  • Participate in harvesting process

  • Participate in post-harvest process and order fulfillment




  • You must be able to work flexible morning hours to accommodate the tide schedule.

  • You are comfortable working in inclement outdoor conditions and in an indoor refrigerated environment.

  • You are comfortable being in and near the water, as well as in a boat setting.

  • This is a physically demanding active job which at times involves extended periods of repetitive and strenuous work.

  • Applicants should be able to lift and handle 25 pounds without difficulty.

  • Individuals must adhere to all safety standards, including proper use of personal protective equipment and sun-protective measures.

  • Applicants must have reliable transportation to and from work.

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

Compensation: $15/hour


When and Where: We’re looking for a two or three month long committment beginning no later than May 20, 2024. Expected hours of work are 30 per week. Start times will be variable, but between 7-9am. Work will take place at Matheson Oyster Co. facility at 3471 Browns Bay Rd in Hayes, VA.


Work Environment Risk Exposure: Work environment includes exposure to heat and cold of indoor and outdoor environment; risk associated with work in the Mobjack Bay; water craft; sharp knives and barnacles (cut risk); loud noise; risk associated with lifting, mechanical machinery, wet or uneven ground surfaces.

Additional Considerations: Our company values sun protection and making sure our interns are taking all precautions necessary. We provide each intern with a long sleeve SPF shirt (for you to keep); large brim sun hats are also available to use at the start of each work day.


Equal Opportunity Employment: Matheson Oyster Co. is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy that employees and applicants will not be subjected to unlawful discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, veteran’s status, marital status, physical or mental disability, or any other basis prohibited by applicable state, federal, or local laws. Appropriate behavior is non-negotiable. 


How to Apply: Please email a resume and cover letter to Sarah Matheson-Harris at Please explicitly state in your application your length of commitment and desired start date. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; spots are limited. If you are under the age of 18 and are interested in this opportunity, please contact Sarah to discuss possible openings for that age group.

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