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AQUACULTURE FARMER - Full Time position

Written on the 1 October 2019

Location: Elizabeth Bay NT & Broome WA

Salary: $63,900 excluding super

Must have 2 to 5 years Pinctada Maxima experience

Job Summary

The Aquaculture Farmer is involved in the complete life cycle of the oyster from the initial spawning to the production of pearls, mother of pearl shell and pearl meat.

This will require the Aquaculture Farmer to work in the hatchery, farm and at the supply base in Broome as required.

The tasks involved in this role range from assisting in the setting up and assisting in the running of a spawning Pinctada maxima, assessing the health of the larvae, pegging and operating X-ray equipment.

Summary of Essential Job Functions

Operations all sites

  • Maintain strict hygiene protocols
  • Must consistently produce the required seeding and harvest mortality and shape results.
  • Ensure all lab and and seeding equipment is cleaned to the standard required
  • Assist with all hatchery, seeding, harvest and production processes when required
  • Follow all dry-out procedures and protocols between individual spawnings and operational seasons, in accordance with procedures
  • Monitor algae culture in lab, and water quality in tanks and at sea
  • Complete regular stock takes of all equipment and animals as required
  • Follow safe procedures when operating or working near equipment
  • Daily maintenance of tanks, longlines, panels and other husbandry equipment
  • Assist in daily husbandry activities such as grading spat and
  • Seeding first operations
  • Harvesting of pearls
  • Carry out health checks on oysters
  • Minor daily preventative maintenance of vessels
  • Adhere to company policy

Must be able to provide three referees related to this occupation

Minimum Requirements

Proven experience in Post Op and Pre Harvest x-ray operations

Proven experience in selecting juvenile hatchery raised Pinctada maxima from wild spat on settlement substrates

Level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification plus 2 years' experience
At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification.


Certificate III in Aquaculture and specific marine qualifications above this level are desirable but not essential

Coxswains Grade 1

Abilities Required

  • Must be physically fit
  • Ability to work unsupervised and as part of a team
  • Good organisational skills
  • Be willing to work at remote locations both shore or at sea as required
  • Maintain high level of OS&H
  • Maintain high level of hygiene

Please do not inquire about this position if you do not meet the minimum requirements




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