VACANCY Hatchery Technician (based in Newlyn)

Closing date for applications: 12th May 2017, Interview date for shortlisted applicants: 19th May 2017

Working at the Charity’s satellite hatchery in Newlyn with some time spent at the centre in Padstow, this is a full time, two year fixed term post with a salary of £15,978, pension and 22 paid annual leave, plus a day’s leave for each bank holiday.  Part of this project aims to evaluate water quality at several hatchery locations and therefore it is possible that the location of the satellite hatchery might change in year two.

Expected Start Date: May/June 2017.

The Organisation: The National Lobster Hatchery is located on the harbour wall in Padstow. It is setting up a satellite hatchery which will be constructed on the harbour in Newlyn. The Charity aims to promote sustainability issues in coastal fisheries through programs of stock enhancement, research and education; supported by income generated through its visitor centre, charitable fundraising and research grants.

Working days and hours: This post will be on a rota providing 24 hour cover to the Newlyn Hatchery. Normal working hours will be from 8.00am to 4.00pm, although out of hour’s work will be expected from time to time. Bank holidays will normally be worked but can be taken by prior arrangement. Because of the seasonal nature of hatchery operations holiday should be taken in winter months. The successful candidate will be working alone for extended periods of time.

Aim of the job: This is a new post to run hatchery operations on a day to day basis and further develop the production of juvenile lobsters for the Charity’s stocking program.

Key responsibilities:

  • To assist and support the Senior Hatchery Technician with the day to day operation of the hatchery (including supervision of staff and volunteers).
  • To be on a rota providing 24/7 cover for the hatchery, holding a pager for evening cover and responding to emergencies as they arise.
  • To ensure that all life support systems and hatchery equipment are maintained in a clean and functional state.
  • To maintain and develop the hatcheries marine recirculating aquaculture systems.
  • To follow to the letter all SOP’s and procedures as laid out in the operations manual including COSHH.
  • Care of brood-stock, larvae and juveniles on a daily basis.
  • Ensure that hatchery consumables are kept in stock.
  • To collect and record data on the daily operations within the hatchery.
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of technology and developments, relevant to the NLH’s objectives.

Required Personal skills and qualifications:

Essential Requirements:

  • Proven husbandry skills and experience.
  • Experience in the operation, maintenance and construction of recirculation systems.
  • Experience in supervising staff and volunteers.
  • Excellent communication and organisation skills.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Full clean driving license and car owner.
  • DIY /practical skills.

Desirable Requirements:

  • A good honours degree in aquaculture or a related discipline.
  • An understanding of fisheries sustainability issues.

 To Apply: Please send a CV and formal covering letter outlining why you feel you are suitable for the role and what you can bring to the Charity to: The General Manager

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