The Site Manager, supported by the Assistant Site Manager or Senior Marine Operative, is responsible for stock management, personnel management, staff development and the promotion of health and safety within the workplace. They must demonstrate commitment to the safety and welfare of their staff, to the livestock within their control and to the environment in the local community and beyond.
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.
Much working time is spent outdoors in all weathers. Many fish farms are relatively remote, so a driving licence is needed. Housing is often provided with the job.
There is a considerable amount of record keeping involved so IT skills are essential.
Salaries vary with experience, qualifications and between companies, but here's a guide to what you can expect.
Experience is an advantage, but training is usually provided.
What employers are looking for
- Leadership and management skills
- Strong planning, organisational and communication skills
- Understanding of associated software systems
What experienced workers can do
- Supervise staff
- Maintain a safe work environment and environmentally friendly work practices
- Understand feed and stock management
- Harvesting and grading planning
- Understand and comply with needs of audit.
Personal qualities you should have
- Able to work with others
- Be self-motivated
- Able to solve problems
Large fish farms may offer promotion and there may be opportunities to specialise. Experienced managers may move into other work, such as technical sales, consultancy, teaching, or as an adviser.
It may also be possible to work with private companies or co-operatives and on contract with others in the food supply chain, such as supermarkets.
There may be some opportunities to work abroad.