Canada: Fisheries Technician – Aquaculture Management Specialist

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Working under the general supervision of the Manager, Aquaculture Operations and the guidance of senior section staff, the Aquaculture Management Specialist provides technical support and assistance to field and program staff who are conducting a variety of activities related to aquaculture management. The Aquaculture Management Specialist participates as a member of operational and/or project teams, working extensively with aquaculture operators across the province to support the development of farm management plans (FMPs). Once received the Marine Technician will provide a support role to the Aquaculture Operations section in the review and approval of FMPs. The Aquaculture Management Specialist provides transportation to and from aquaculture sites to Department personnel and parties as required and ensures that all safety and regulatory requirements are met regarding the operation of boats and equipment for field operations.


College/vocational diploma in related discipline plus 6 years related experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience may be acceptable. Applicants should have knowledge and experience in aquaculture management regulations and aquaculture farming techniques, including infrastructure used, equipment used in farming practices, basic mechanical proficiency and maintenance skills. Should possess strong written and oral communication and organizational skills and be able to work with minimum supervision. Should be skilled in the operation of small to medium sized vessels and trailering vessels. Applicants should be knowledgeable of biosecurity and disinfection techniques and the oceanographic sampling equipment used in the aquaculture industry and possess knowledge in the collection and organization of biological, ecological, pathological and public use data and any other science based information. Must be proficient in scheduling, standard operating procedures (SOPs) in both the field and laboratory settings, the operation of computers for data entry and statistical analysis, word processing, and research.

Must be willing to travel extensively throughout the province on multi day trips and do evening and week-end work. The applicant must be self-motivated, career-oriented and be an effective team player. Must have a valid driver’s license, Standard Level First Aid and Pleasure Craft Operators Card. Marine Emergency Duties – Domestic Vessel Safety (MED-DVS) and Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) and Restricted Operates Certificate Maritime Commercial (ROC-MC) would be considered an asset.

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