Fish Husbandry Worker

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You will be working outdoors as part of a team, focusing on all aspects of successful fish production: feeding, grading, harvesting, net changing and other general farm maintenance tasks, including boat handling.

There are estimated to be more than 530 fish farming businesses throughout the UK employing more than 3,000 people. Job opportunities are in rural areas, in southern, western and central Scotland. Salmon sea-cage farms are located in Dunoon in the South, along the west coast to Cape Wrath in the North, and in the Inner and Outer Hebrides and the Northern Isles.

Working conditions

Fish farms operate seven days a week, so farmers usually work flexible hours based around the jobs that need completing at different times of the year. In larger farms, they are likely to work on a rota system with other members of staff. This will include early mornings, evenings and weekends. There may be opportunities for both full-time and part-time working.

You need to be comfortable working over water. Most working time is spent outdoors in all weather conditions. The work itself is active and involves a lot of heavy lifting, standing, bending and carrying.

Husbandry persons may need to collect feed or equipment and make deliveries of fish, so a full driving licence is normally needed.

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