Shellfish Hatchery Support Worker
Vancouver Island University
Deep Bay Marine Field Station, CA
2d ago


Deep Bay Marine Field Station


The shellfish hatchery worker will work in VIU's Deep Bay algae production and hatchery facility in the production of Pacific Oyster seed.

Algae Culture The shellfish hatchery worker will assist the algologist in the production of a variety of algal strains. They will produce nutrients for micro-

algae, conduct standard bacteriological analysis, produce micro-algae (upscaling culture volumes, using continuous flow systems and a BioReactor), count algal densities and adjust feed rates, clean filter banks, clean glass wear, sterilize equipment, and monitor water quality.

Algae Culture

Hatchery The shellfish hatchery worker will assist in the conditioning of brood stock, use sterile technique in preparation for spawning, assist with the spawning of pacific oysters, conduct standard larval husbandry techniques for pacific oysters, assist in the setting of oysters, grading and counting of oyster seed, cleaning filter banks, water quality monitoring.


Sub-Tidal Lease Assist in the grading and cleaning of oysters and the transfer of stock to the beach lease and rafts.

Sub-Tidal Lease

Animal Care Assist in plumbing tanks and aquaria, feed animal species under care in Deep Bay aquariums, clean aquariums and displays, clean filters, and prepare feed.

Animal Care

Administrative The shellfish hatchery worker will assist in the supervision of students and volunteers as required, assist in the collection of research data, and maintain a safe and respectful working environment.

In addition, Deep Bay is open to the public and the shellfish hatchery worker will need to be comfortable interpreting their activities to the public, answering questions, and providing a positive learning experience for all visitors.


Candidate must be able to work weekends and may be required to attend the facility on call out at night to deal with unexpected occurrences or equipment failures.

Required Qualifications :

  • Diploma or degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture or related qualifications
  • 1-3 years experience in a shellfish aquaculture or similar work environment
  • Demonstrated proficiency in maintaining algal cultures
  • Physically able to do the job.
  • Must possess a valid Class 5 BC Driver's Licence and have a confirmed satisfactory driving record.
  • Note :

  • Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.
  • All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
  • Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent.
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