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Senior Hatchery Technician

Written on the 5 July 2013


Job Description

Title Senior Hatchery Technician
Department(s) Beagle Bay hatchery, Quondong pearl farm and other locations
Reports to Hatchery Manager

Job Summary

The Senior Hatchery Technician, in conjunction with the Hatchery Manager, is responsible for both algal culture and larval/spat production.

Summary of Essential Job Functions

• Must have a sound knowledge of all processes and components of the algal lab, other hatchery infrastructure (pipe-work, filtration, supply, discharge etc) and all legislative requirements set by the relevant government departments.

• Maintain strict hygiene protocols applicable to algal culture and larval rearing.

• Be self-sufficient and be able to work extended hours unsupervised in both the algal and larval lab to achieve targets and goals.

• Maintain stringent stock control of consumables and equipment applicable to algal and larval production based on the Hatchery Manager’s requirements.

• Assist with all hatchery production processes as instructed by the Hatchery Manager.

• Report daily to the Hatchery Manager all issues relating to algal and larval production.

• Maintain an efficient data recording system.

• Follow all procedures and protocols between spawnings and operational seasons, in accordance with the Hatchery Manager’s requests.

• Maintain and document strict procedural processes relating to both algal and larval culture.


Minimum Requirements
Minimum of two season’s experience in a pearl oyster or mollusc hatchery.
Thorough understanding of all processes related to algal culture and pearl oyster larval production.
Current Driver’s Licence.
Current Senior First Aid Certificate.

Degree or diploma in any marine or aquatic science.
Experience in working with Pinctada maxima.

Abilities Required
Able to work as part of a team and independently.
Must be able to endure working in a remote location.
Must be physically fit.
Maintain high standards of OH&S when using lab chemicals and equipment.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.



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