Rahdiaz joined the staff in 2019 as a part-time oyster lease operator and facilities maintenance coordinator for the Outer Banks office after serving a two year AmeriCorps term with the federation. In his current role, he spends his time cultivating oysters and educating others about their importance along with a variety of other tasks. Prior to joining the federation, he was a husbandry intern for the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. As a husbandry intern he found administering medicine and taking care of fish and sharks in the quarantine lab to be the most fulfilling. He is currently working towards his bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in coastal studies and is often able to incorporate his great interest in aquaculture with his independent research projects. In his spare time, you can find him collecting interesting fish for his personal aquariums.