Aquaculture Technician in Training

What it’s really like to work here

At Riverence, we do things differently. We work together as a team, like a close-knit family, to achieve innovation, initiative, and encouragement in the workplace. We are on the mission to raise the standards of aquaculture, redefine what it means to be a responsible fishery and become the leading provider of truly sustainable seafood. Riverence consists of facilities located primarily in the Magic Valley of ID that range from 14 different fish farms, a research and development facility, a processing plant, and 4 brood facilities that are located in WA and rural ID. 

We offer excellent comprehensive benefits to our employees to ensure their health which include medical, dental, vision, 401K with company match, life insurance, short term & long-term disability plans and more! 

If you are ready to put in hard work as a valued member of our team, while making a positive difference in our environment, Riverence is the fit for you! 


  • The Aquaculture Technician in Training will demonstrate a passion for fish husbandry, a good work ethic, attention to detail and will perform a variety of aquaculture husbandry duties to include daily farm chores including feeding, mortality removal, and screen scrubbing. 

Essential Functions

  1. Knowledge of the facility including sections, pond numbers, and rearing areas 
  2. Knowledge of Emergency Action Plan 
  3. Understands role on the farm and is dependable, trustworthy, and consistent
  4. General understanding of the feed schedule 
  5. Understand the farm workflow 
  6. Knows locations of offline settling ponds and sumps 
  7. Knows locations of influent valves and head ditches 
  8. Knowledge about fish barriers and their uses including tail screens, jump board, graders, screens, etc. 
  9. Knowledge of facility equipment 
  10. Awareness of potential farm hazards 
  11. Awareness of significant manure build- up, wasted feed, and broken tail screens 
  12. Awareness of technician’s activities and the meaning and significance of withdrawal tags on the ponds. 
  13. SDS locations and their use 
  14. Biosecurity 
  15. Hatch- house, outdoor, and disinfections 
  16. Counting and picking mortality 
  17. Ability to handle and select proper grading techniques 
  18. Truck maintenance 
  19. Truck cleanliness 
  20. Cleaning screens 
  21. Care of vehicles, equipment, and farm safety 
  22. Basic pond hygiene 
  23. Awareness and cleaning of debris on head ditch grates and first use ponds water entry points 
  24.  Vacuum/ pumping operation and maintenance
  25. Responsibilities include removing and recording mortalities 
  26. Monitors fish behavior and bring any abnormalities to supervisor’s attention. 
  27. Assists with fish transfers.
  28. Performs routine maintenance on equipment and systems. Routine cleaning including sweeping raceways, cleaning and repairing graders and equipment on farms.
  29. Completes all tasks including based on required safety guidelines.
  30. Participates in all safety training
  31. Willingness to perform any task on the farm, not just one specific job or task despite the job, skill or seniority of an individual.  
  32. Performs and practices bio-security procedures around the farm.
  33. Maintains appropriate housekeeping and sanitation procedures on the farm ensuring proper protocol and required biosecurity measures are followed.  
  34. Provides prompt, friendly and courteous service to internal and external customers. 
  35. Helps out with other areas on the farm when needed.
  36. Other duties as required. 


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

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.


Work Environment

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

Physical Demands

This job involves heavy work exerting force frequently and constantly to move objects. The job involves lifting occasionally 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, temperature 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

Full-time position 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 location’s needs.


Local travel is required.

Required Education and Experience

  1. The ability to speak, read, understand and follow directions with or without reasonable accommodations 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. Aquaculture or related degree preferred.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications


Other Duties

Please note this job 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. 


Required Education and Experience

  1. The ability to speak, read, understand and follow directions with or without reasonable accommodations is required. 

2. Driver’s license and good driving record required with reliable transportation to and from the work site.