Saltwater Husbandry Technician

Saltwater husbandry technicians are responsible for general farm operations including the feeding and care of fish grown in a saltwater habitat. Their duties require them to test and maintain saltwater levels and feeding techniques to promote optimal growth of saltwater fish.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Operate and maintain auto feeders, boats and equipment
  • Have familiarity with fish growth and stock management
  • Operate and maintain plumbing and scuba equipment
  • Collect bottom gravel samples and analyze for silt, size fractions, etc.
  • Perform laboratory analysis of water quality samples
  • Measure amount and quantity of spawning areas
  • Prepare diets for fish and apply appropriate feeding strategies to grow and manage fish welfare, either through hand-feeding or auto-feeding techniques
  • Test and maintain saltwater levels to promote optimal fish growth
  • Keep records of all data and develop these into statistical reports
  • Schedule, service and calibrate repairs and install sampling instrumentation
  • Monitor fish activity and conduct environmental monitoring and sampling activities to ensure proper fish welfare
  • Maintain a clean and safe site by performing simple maintenance and following biosecurity guidelines

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • natural resources
  • environmental science
  • animal science
  • mathematics
  • chemistry
  • biology
  • plant science

Education/Training Required:

To be a saltwater husbandry technician, a bachelor’s degree or higher is required in ecology, marine biology, animal science, zoology, natural resource management, aquaculture, fisheries science or a related field.

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