Job Boards and Workforce Development
The World Aquaculture Society (WAS) Job Board is an up-to-date database for aquaculture-related employment opportunities and information. WAS membership is not required to view or apply to posted jobs.
The Texas A&M University Wildlife and Fisheries Management Job Board is managed by the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management as a resource for jobs related to their fields of interest. This includes aquaculture and hatchery positions.
Maryland Sea Grant and the University of Maryland Extension’s K-12 educational program, Aquaculture in Action, uses aquaculture as a tool for teaching scientific principles including chemistry and applied physics. Annual workshops train K-12 educators in the curriculum and provide logistical support with system setup in the classroom.
University of Maine’s Aquaculture Research Institute has two programs focused on workforce development in aquaculture, including RAS systems. Their Sustainable Aquaculture micro-credential pathway is open to any adult age group, regardless of educational background, and offers professional development in aquaculture skills that align with industry workforce needs. The paid 12-week externship program pairs externs with host institutions and industry to gain relevant on-site job training.
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility offers internship opportunities to undergraduates interested in developing aquaculture skills and research experience. These internships are available at the facility as well as at partnering facilities such as Superior Fresh, LLC. The university also offers formal education opportunities leading to an aquaculture minor and an aquaponic certificate. Additionally, a K-12 aquaponics program connects local schools with tools and educational resources for the classroom.
The Maine Aquaculture Association has published a number of industry-informed occupational standards for several aquaculture sectors in Maine, including land-based production. Although Maine-centric, it highlights skill needs that are applicable to specific industries regardless of region.