Aquaculture Technician Internship
Description

Aquaculture Technician Internship 

Classification: Non-Exempt Reports To: Farm Manager

Schedule: Full-time; may include wknds. Wage: Starting $17.00/hr. 

Job Summary/Objective 

  • The Aquaculture Technician Internship will help foster learning opportunities and provide hands on experience from May to August. Employees will demonstrate a passion for fish husband-ry, a good work ethic, attention to detail, and will perform a variety of aquaculture husbandry du-ties to include daily farm chores such as feeding, mortality removal, screen scrubbing and driving fish truck to and from processing plant. Daily duties also include grading and sorting fish, loading fish into trucks and driving between farm facilities. Educational opportunities will be provided throughout the internship but the majority of the internship will be hands-on experience in a pro-duction environment.

Essential Functions

  1. Responsibilities include removing and recording mortalities, feeding, sorting and grading fish.  
  2. Monitor fish behavior and bring any abnormalities to supervisor’s attention. 
  3. Load and unload fish at farms and processing plant.
  4. Assist with fish transfers.
  5. Perform routine maintenance on equipment and systems. Routine cleaning including sweeping raceways, cleaning and repairing graders and equipment on farms. 
  6. Assist with population management, fish sampling, and research projects as needed.  
  7. Work with hatchery staff to coordinate movement and work in hatchery as needed.
  8. Sort fish according to specification while paying close attention to detail and always work-ing towards continual improvement. 
  9. Always work to produce products people can trust by recognizing poor quality and com-municating with management.
  10. Complete all tasks including based on required safety guidelines.
  11. Maintain appropriate housekeeping and sanitation procedures on the farm ensuring proper protocol and required biosecurity measures are followed.  
  12. Provide prompt, friendly and courteous service to internal and external customers. 
  13. Continually pursue sustainability of our natural resources with every decision, decreasing waste and being conscious of individual choices.
  14. Advocate positive change within our plant and company, empowering one another.
  15. Attend and participate in educational seminars and events.
  16. Other duties as required. 

Competencies

  1. Attention to Detail.
  2. Safety.
  3. Continual Improvement.

Work Environment

This internship operates in an outdoor environment. This role is routinely exposed to inclement weather conditions.

Physical Demands

This internship involves heavy work exerting force frequently and constantly to move objects. The job involves occasional lifting up to 50 lbs. Working in waders, climbing in and out of raceways and on and off trucks is required. The employee will be required to have a range of motion as follows:  

  • Often requires walking or moving to accomplish tasks.  
  • Often requires standing or sitting for sustained periods of time.  
  • Occasionally requires stooping and reaching.    
  • Occasionally requires pushing using upper extremities to press against something with steady force.  
  • Occasionally requires pulling using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.  
  • Lifting is required on an occasional basis.
  • Repetitive motions are required which involve substantial movements of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.    
  • Often requires feeling of products perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, tem-perature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.  
  • Hearing must be adequate to perform duties and interact in person clearly and efficiently.
  • Manual dexterity as required for specific equipment or instrumentation use.
  • Requires clear vision, the ability to identify and distinguish color and to adjust focus.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

The internship is 5 days a week, which could include weekends (Saturday and Sunday). Part-time position work as needed; weekly hours will vary based on location needs. Expected hours of work begins in the early morning hours and will typically end mid-afternoon as determined by the loca-tion’s needs.

Travel

Local travel is required.


Required Education and Experience

  1. The ability to speak, read, understand and follow directions with or without reasonable ac-commodations is required. 
  2. Driver’s license and good driving record required with reliable transportation to and from the work site.

Preferred Education and Experience

  1. High school Education or GED preferred 
  2. Aquaculture experience preferred.
  3. Must be pursuing an Aquaculture or related degree.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications 

None.

Other Duties

Please note this description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 

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