Shellfish Bed Worker

Cultivate and harvest shellfishes.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $40,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Shellfish Bed Workers do?

Cultivates and harvests shellfish by performing any combination of following duties: Loads marking stakes on barge, and moves barge to shellfish bed. Drives stakes into mud in pattern specified by SHELLFISH GROWER, using sledgehammer. Sows spat by scattering it within staked enclosure. Covers seeded area with mixture of sand and broken shells of shellfish onto which spat attaches, using shovel. Wades in shellfish bed and digs or rakes for shellfish, using rake, fork, and spade. Treads in water and feels for shellfish with bare feet, gathers shellfish, and drops them into container. Reaches from boat with rake-tongs and gropes for shellfish by moving handles to open and close tongs. Drags brail rod behind powerboat to pull shellfish from mud. Rigs and lowers dredge into shellfish bed from mast and boom of powerboat, using block and tackle. Hoists dredge and pulls dump ring to empty catch. Picks out market-size shellfish from catch, and replants smaller ones. Packs and ices marketable shellfish in containers for shipment. Unloads loose shellfish from boat, using shovel. May be designated according to type of shellfish bed worked as Clam-Bed Worker; Oyster-Bed Worker; shellfish harvested as Fisher, Clam; Fisher, Oyster; or task performed as Clam Digger; Oyster Unloader. May be designated: Clam Tonger; Clam Treader; Fisher, Mussel; Fisher, Quahog; Fisher, Scallop; Oyster Dredger; Oyster Picker; Oyster Tonger; Oyster Worker; Scallop Dredger; Scallop Raker.

Should I be a Shellfish Bed Worker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Bed Worker, Clam-Bed Worker, Oyster-Bed Worker, Web Worker, Wire Web Worker

    How to become a Shellfish Bed Worker

    Most Shellfish Bed Workers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9nahaa&chl=no+college+%2874%25%29|certificate+%2816%25%29||bachelor%27s+%289%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,74,74
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