Saltwater Husbandry Technician

Saltwater Husbandry Technician

A saltwater husbandry technician is responsible for general farm operations including feeding and care of fish grown in a saltwater habitat. Their duties require them to test and maintain saltwater levels to promote optimal growth of fish produced in a saltwater environment, as well as operate auto feeders, boats and equipment in the marine environment.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Operate and maintain auto feeders, boats and equipment
  • Have familiarity with fish growth and stock management
  • Operate and maintain plumbing and scuba equipment
  • Collet bottom gravel samples and analyze for silt, size fractions, etc.
  • Perform laboratory analysis of water quality samples
  • Measure amount and quantity of spawning areas
  • Prepare diets for fish
  • Test and maintain saltwater levels to promote optimal fish growth
  • Keep records of all data and develop these into statistical reports.
  • Schedule, service, calibrate repairs and install sampling instrumentation 
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, mathematics, chemistry, biology and botany.
Education/Training Required: 
To be a saltwater husbandry technician a bachelor’s degree or higher is required in ecology, marine biology, animal nutrition, zoology or aquaculture.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Saltwater husbandry technicians are typically employed by fisheries that produce saltwater fish for food production. Some may also work for aquariums or zoos, and some government and state agencies also employ saltwater husbandry technicians.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • American Fisheries Society
  • National Aquaculture Organization
  • The World Aquaculture Society
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$35,000
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